In the UK Daily Mail, 4 March 2009, A N Wilson asks: Were Queen Victoria and Prince Albert both illegitimate?
Wilson points out:
1. When George IV died, the throne passed to his younger brother King William IV.
William IV had ten children by the actress Mrs Jordan. But, William IV had no surviving legitimate children.
2. After William IV came Queen Victoria, daughter of the Duke of Kent.
3. The young Victoria had been dominated by 'the evil genius' of Sir John Conroy, an Irish soldier who was Comptroller of the Duchess's household.
Queen Victoria told the Duke of Wellington that one reason she hated Sir John was that she had witnessed 'some familiarities' between Conroy and her mother.
There is a suspicion that Victoria was Conroy's daughter.
The old Duke of Kent was well 'past it' at the time when Victoria was conceived.
Victoria's grandfather, George III, suffered from the condition known as porphyria, whose symptoms included 'madness'.
Not one of Queen Victoria's descendants has ever been recorded as having it.
Queen Victoria passed on haemophilia to her descendants.
Seventeen generations of the family on Queen Victoria's mother's side have been investigated by scientists at the Royal Society of Medicine. Not one has haemophilia.
Nor was there any haemophilia in the Royal Family before Victoria.
4. Victoria's husband Prince Albert may have been illegitimate. Albert's father may have been Jewish.
Albert's mother was dismissed from the court of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha for having an affair with the Jewish chamberlain, the Baron von Mayern.
Albert's father, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg had hereditary syphilis.
There is no trace of this in the life of Albert.
5. From Victoria and Albert are descended the royal families of Prussia (later Germany), Russia, Spain, Denmark, Greece and Sweden.