New show to reveal playboy lifestyles of Britain's princes

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 11:20 hrs

A new BBC show is set to show the scandalous affairs of the royal playboy princes, which will make Prince Harry's recent indiscretion appear distinctly small fry.

In the early-1930s, the then Prince of Wales - later Edward VIII - and his younger brother Prince George, Duke of Kent, indulged in a bohemian lifestyle among the underground jazz musicians of the day that the Royal family could never get away with today.

While Harry recently spoke of his anger and upset at press intrusion into his private life, the 1930s princes enjoyed themselves unencumbered, protected by the press barons of the day.

Now their "scandalous exploits" have inspired a BBC drama written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, the Telegraph reported.

'Dancing on the Edge' portrays the then Prince of Wales, who abdicated in 1936, and Prince George - not to be confused with his older brother Albert, later George VI - and their "extraordinary" relationship with the black jazz musicians of the pre-war era.

It includes scenes inspired by true stories of their behaviour that were never reported by the press at the time.

Poliakoff, who read surviving diaries from the 1930s as research, said that the programme would hint at the "indulgent" lifestyles of the royal brothers in a time when they were uninhibited by prying eyes.

Describing the behaviour of Prince George, the Duke of Kent, as going far beyond Prince Harry's indiscretions, he said their exploits would cause an "enormous scandal" in the modern world.

"He was much worse. There's no comparison. It was a very indulgent life. I don't think anybody knew the total truth about it, but there were stories of a series of affairs and drugs," Poliakoff said.

He added that while the television show was fiction, the stories it depicts were "absolutely historically accurate". (ANI)

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