New Zealand Herald
Sunday 13th October, 2013
Private photographs of a young Prince Philip were obtained by a Russian spy during the Cold War as part of a bid to discredit the Royal family, a television documentary will claim this week. The pictures, which remain potentially embarrassing, allegedly show the antics of the Thursday Club, a drinking and social set of which the Duke of Edinburgh was a member. The club, whose regulars included actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov, met weekly in Soho and was described in BBC presenter Andrew Marr’s book The Diamond Queen as ‘a cheerfully louche group of men, artists and actors, photographers and aristocrats’ which took the Prince ‘to the edge of a gamey, and indeed seamy, set’. The programme on Russia’s REN TV says the images are ‘scandalous’.
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