A new book has been published telling the story of a scandal that engulfed the Queen’s ancestors, the Cavendish-Bentinck family of Welbeck Abbey near Worksop.
A Right Royal Scandal: Two Marriages that Changed History has been written by Sarah Murden and Joanne Major and centres on two controversial marriages.
The first was by Lord Charles Bentinck, younger son of the third Duke of Portland, who eloped with the married niece of the Duke of Wellington.
Two decades later, their eldest son, Charley, secretly married a working-class girl with a gypsy heritage while he was studying at Oxford University.
His uncle, the fourth Duke of Portland, was horrified and Charley was cast adrift from his family.
Charley is the great-great-grandfather of Elizabeth II by a subsequent marriage.
The book also tells the story of Charley’s half-sister, Georgiana Cavendish-Bentinck who was the granddaughter of King George IV.
Her mother, Lord Charles’s first wife, was the illegitimate daughter of the king, when he was the Prince of Wales, and a courtesan named Grace Dalrymple Elliot.
The book is published by Pen & Sword and is out now.