Royal quiz time: What is (probably) the most closely guarded secret in the royal family?
Is it whether there is any credence to the long standing but unsubstantiated rumours that Prince Philip’s zipper got quite the workout in his younger days?
Is it just quite how sympathetic or not the family was to Hitler in the 1930s given in 2015 footage was unearthed showing then Prince Edward, the future Edward VIII, teaching the Queen Mother, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret the Nazi salute?
Or is it why the Queen mysteriously intervened at the 11th hour to prevent Diana, Princess of Wales’ former butler Paul Burrell standing trial in 2002?
Nope. (Well, at least in my opinion.)
Rather, I’d wager, it’s the true extent of the house of Windsor’s wealth.
Because, not a soul outside of the Queen’s family has any real understanding of the full breadth of the clan’s personal holdings and just how much money they have socked away. (Their family wealth that is, and not the places, art and priceless jewellery that are the property of the Crown.)
This week the question of the royal house’s finances was shunted back into the uncomfortable spotlight courtesy of recalcitrant former Firm ‘employees’ Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It has been a seismic, dizzying seven days which has seen them take a metaphorical sledgehammer to the mystique of the whole royal game, raising charges of shocking racism and cruelty inside…