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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Find My Past Preview: A Royal Scandal

This week's programme is the series finale of Find My Past's series on Yesterday, which airs on Thursday at 9pm.  This episode is devoted to a Victorian royal scandal: the story of Sir Charles Mordaunt and his wife Harriet Sarah Moncrieffe, daughter of a Scottish baronet.  Harriet entertained a string of lovers, one of whom may have been the Prince of Wales: the future Edward VII. The shocking thing to modern eyes about this tragic marriage is the 'double standard' surrounding adultery.  Men were allowed to have their 'little affairs' providing they were discreet, but women like Harriet risked losing everything.

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