I'll quickly out myself as an anti-monarchist. There you go, my bias is on the table and it's not going anywhere. Despite the fact that most royal families are little more than ceremonial pieces, they still live absurdly lavish lifestyles and cost an offensive amount of money.
These figureheads are basically slightly less talented Kardashians. At least Kim and her sisters look good and lead controversial, entertaining lives. Royalty is one step below this and generally oversee pointless ceremonies in honor of a particularly manipulative and irrational form of governance. In essence, countries that still have a monarch are consistently reminded, "hey, remember when this family of elitists without consciences was in control and could send you off to war for whatever reason they want? Well, now you pay for them to live in luxury and they're sort of still in charge."
Royal families are, at least ideally supposed to be the epitome of class and represent the spirit of their people. They don't, because all they do is exist and have their pictures taken, but for those still willing to drink that style of metaphorical Kool-Aid, they're still a treasured part of citizenship in some countries. Despite the fact that they are supposed to at least pretend to be remotely "good" people, here are fifteen times royal family members have been disgraces to their lineages and countries.
17 Juan Carlos of Spain - Hunting/Shooting Scandals
16 Carl-Philip of Sweden - Frat Boy or Prince?
15 Cristina of Spain - Tax Evasion
So back to Spain we go. The King's sister, known as Infanta Cristina, is currently under investigation for alleged involvement in her husband's shady accounting. Inaki Urdangarin has been accused of various corruption charges including theft of public funds, money laundering, and tax evasion. Infanta Cristina was accused, back in 2015, of having been involved heavily in the tax evasion part of this controversy.
14 Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani - Mismanagement of Funds
This man, who died in 2014, was a Qatari prince who was in charge of that country's culture, arts and heritage ministry. His cousin was the Emir of the country when he held office, and while he had a massive budget to work with to pack Qatar's museums and art galleries, he was investigated and kicked out of his position after it was discovered that he had used public funds to bolster his own personal collections.
This is by no means the worst thing a royal family member can do, but corruption is corruption and it's not like this guy and his family weren't shockingly wealthy to begin with.
13 Srirasmi of Thailand - Corruption
12 Harry - Real Life Call of Duty
10 Carl Gustaf of Sweden Loves the Nightlife
8 Harry - the Armband
So remember earlier, when we described Prince Harry essentially mocking the Taliban publicly and potentially placing himself and his fellow soldiers in more danger? Well, this is slightly less dangerous but far stupider: he wore a Nazi armband (orange with a swastika) to a party. This was back in 2005, and he apologized shortly after some initial public outcry.
7 Several Members of the Royal Family of Bahrain - Torture
The tiny island nation of Bahrain, which sits in the Persian Gulf with a population of about a million and a half people, experienced protest similar to the rest of that region in 2010 and 2011. Members of the royal family were obviously less than pleased at these pro-democracy initiatives, and several protesters who were arrested claim that princes Nasser Bin Hammad Al-Khalifa and Khalid Bin Hammad Al-Khalifa and Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa and Nora Bint Ebrahim Al-Khalifa tortured them mercilessly. The above picture is of Prince Nasser, when he took a selfie while jogging in London. After uploading the photo, activists demanded that British authorities arrest him for his part in the crimes.
6 Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz - A Few Things
Saudi Arabia is a mess. Granted, it is a stinking rich mess, but a mess nonetheless. It's one of those places where, if you see two women high-five, and then proceed to beat them both unconscious, the nearest cop will probably just ask why you had to make such a mess. That's an extrapolation, of course, but you get my point.
5 Princess Meshael Alayban - Imprisonment and Human Trafficking
4 Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz
3 Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud - Murder
2 Dipendra of Nepal - A "Royal" Massacre
1 Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo - Many Crimes Including Murder
The now-former king of the Thembu people (a nation-group) in South Africa, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was recently dethroned after he was found guilty of murder, arson, multiple assaults and kidnapping. The crimes he committed were investigated for over twenty years before he was finally incarcerated. He has been widely vilified by his own people and throughout South Africa, and many in addition to his victims have "rejoiced at his imprisonment" according to a local news source.
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