ROYALS BLACKMAILED OVER VIDEO SHOWING ORAL SEX AND COCAINE....
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Royal in sex, drug blackmail attempt
Email Printer friendly version Normal font Large font Julia May in London
October 29, 2007
FIRST came Squidgygate, then Camillagate. The tag for the latest scandal involving an illicit tape recording of a member of the British royal family is yet to be coined, but Blackmailgate may be a start.
Scotland Yard has confirmed that two men have been charged over a plot to blackmail a member of the royal family over a videotape purporting to show the royal engaged in a sex act.
The Sunday Times reported yesterday that detectives had arrested the men in an undercover operation at the Hilton Hotel in London on September 11.
The royal household had contacted police in August, after one of the men telephoned the office of the royal, who is not named for legal reasons, and claimed to have a videotape showing the royal receiving oral sex from an aide. The blackmailer also claimed to have evidence that an aide had received cocaine from the royal.
The newspaper quoted a senior Whitehall security official as saying that in later phone calls the blackmailer claimed to have a videotape showing the aide snorting cocaine, and demanded £50,000 ($112,000) for not making the video public. A senior legal adviser to the royal reportedly agreed to see the tape before he would hand over the money.
A detective was placed within the royal office. He arranged to meet two men at the Hilton, posing as a member of the royal's staff. During the rendezvous parts of the video were allegedly shown, with detectives filming the meeting in an adjacent room. The blackmail video was seized and the two men were arrested.
Scotland Yard said: "A 30-year-old man and 40-year-old man appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court each charged with one count of blackmail. Both have been remanded in custody to reappear at the Old Bailey on 20th December."
Tape scandals are not new to the royals. In 1992, The Sun published telephone conversations between Diana, Princess of Wales, and her then-boyfriend, James Gilbey, in which he referred affectionately to her as "Squidgy". Later that year in a tape of a phone call between Prince Charles and his then mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Charles said he wished he could be reincarnated as her tampon.
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