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The King Who Never Was

Andrew Cook takes a look at the Duke of Clarence, grandson of Queen Victoria, who is most often remembered as a wastrel who died young, and is sometimes mentioned as a suspect for Jack the Ripper murders.

One needs to go back to the Middle Ages, to Richard III and John, to find a significant royal figure whose reputation has been so besmirched by historians as Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864-92). Eddy, as he was known throughout his life, was the eldest son of Edward VII and second in line to the throne for the twenty-eight brief years of his life

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