Profumo Redux

02.08.13

Prince Philip and The Profumo Affair

A long-buried royal scandal will be reopened when Prince Philip's connections to the Profumo affair are rehashed in a forthcoming West End show by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Telegraph's Tim Walker reports:

The musical will feature claims about Prince Philip’s connections to Dr Stephen Ward, the society osteopath, who was accused of being a pimp. He killed himself on the last day of his trial on charges of living off the profits of prostitution.

Don Black, the Oscar-winning lyricist, who has written the musical with Lord Lloyd-Webber, claims of Ward’s prosecution: “It was all a put-up job by the Establishment to find a scapegoat and shut him up. He had a list of [osteopathy] clients that was like a Who’s Who of fashionable London – everyone from Prince Philip to top showbusiness stars. It was embarrassing for many at the top – he had to be shut up."