Weird History

Outrageous Tales From The Life Of Queen Elizabeth II's Son, Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew is a royal bad boy. Though rumored to be Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite child, his controversial behavior has caused plenty of headaches for Buckingham Palace over the years. Like several other British royals, his life is a catalog of blemishes ranging from personal indiscretions to public scandals.

Born on February 19, 1960, Prince Andrew was the queen’s second son and third child, behind brother Prince Charles and sister Princess Anne. Andrew grew up to become a handsome hell-raiser. Though he earned respect and admiration for his military service - he fought in the Falklands War in 1982 - he also earned a reputation as a Playboy Prince who was always on the hunt for a good time.

In 1986, he seemed to settle down when he married Sarah Ferguson. His mother even rewarded him for settling down by giving him a new title, and so he became Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Though the prince and his new wife genuinely seemed to love each other and the marriage produced two daughters, the couple divorced ten years later.

Prince Andrew's exploits only heated up from there. The 2000s and 2010s have been riddled with scandals for the Playboy Prince, especially as he cultivated questionable friendships and business relationships during his tenure as United Kingdom's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment from 2001 to 2011. From naughty affairs to dealings with dubious characters - including convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein - Prince Andrew’s life is a collection of outrageous stories.