Was granny really a ghost on a mission?
Did she live 200 years ago as a wife of the Prince of Wales?
Was her story desperately covered up in the interests of the politics of the day?
And of saving the Prince of Wales’ head?
At a time of serious anti-Catholic sentiment, of the Gordon riots, even the memory of her deceased late husband who died from injuries he suffered in the riots, was the cover-up in the greater interests of the country, the Parliament . . . and the throne?
Has she returned to state her case for justice?
And legal rights and, as she would claim, a legitimate right to her place in history?
Okay, it’s merely conjecture, but read ‘Dr Desailly’s Secret’ and ‘Florence & The Ghost’ and you may wonder about what really happened 200 years ago.
A time when the Prince of Wales and the wife of a secret marriage, were living in dangerous times.
A time when even the fact that the Royal heir might have married a Catholic as well as against the wishes of the King, George III.
In a letter to the Prince of Wales, Whig politician and leader of the opposition Charles James Fox:
“warned that her situation as well as that of the Prince would be perilous if they went through a ceremony of marriage.”
But they did.
And not only that.
At first she refused all suggestion of marriage.
Then she changed her mind.
Could it be that she was having his child?
And was this child legitimate?
In the chapter ‘The Secret Marriage’ I present the evidence that there was a child.
There were rumours on the couple’s two summers in Brighton.
“It is said she is with child,” wrote a Mrs Talbot.
Could this have been the secret reason for their extended holidays in the seaside resort of Brighton?
Was this a good reason for the distraction of the building of the Royal Pavilion there.
The Pope declared the secret marriage valid.
Read my evidence in ‘The Secret Marriage’ in my book of revelations ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.
Writer’s Digest thinks it’s a blockbuster and “an amazing story”.
At the time all of the evidence was destroyed.
This hasn’t stopped speculation as to whether there were children and, more to the point, where are they?
What happened to them.
I very much doubt, however, if anyone found the evidence I have offered in my book.
This was the time of the historic First Fleets to Australia of mostly convicts sent to start a new colony in the antipodes.
What a perfect opportunity to disappear an unwanted child and an embarrassment to the Prince of Wales.
I have considered, for example, the fortunate timing of a child with the migration to the end of the earth on one of the First Fleets.
On the same morning that the first ships of the First Fleet sailed for Botany Bay (Australia) on 13 May 1787 carrying 737 convicts, the Prince of Wales was discussing his debts with the Prime Minister, William Pitt.
It’s interesting to note that the Second Fleet two-and-a-half years later carried 22 children and one free person.
It’s impossible to identify who the children were.
This can be found in the chapter ‘The Mystery of the Mary Ann’.
But then we also have three secret messages which point to an interesting man, an unsung hero from that time, with many clues to his identity as a possible child of this Royal couple.
His name is Lieutenant James Simmons.
For a time of great significance to us he was Acting Commander of the brig ‘Lady Nelson‘.
Read the chapters ‘The Lady Nelson’, ‘The Lieutenant Without a Past’, and ‘The Sailor King’.
With this ship he sailed the waters around south-eastern Australia founding Hobart and Launceston in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).
He developed a close friendship with the colony’s first Chaplain, the Reverend Robert Knopwood.
He fostered friendly relations between the Governor of New South Wales and New Zealand when others before him provoked disaster.
All is revealed in ‘Chief Ti-Pahi & The Maori Episode’.
It’s an interesting read.
One reviewer called it “fun and entertaining”.
I hope you will too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neil Walter John Smith started his career as an advertising copywriter working on creative accounts like Volkswagen, Herbert Adams and Clark’s Shoes. He won an award for Adams meat pies commercials in the Best TV Campaign for the year. For 10 years he worked freelance as a one-man creative director for some of Melbourne’s hottest creative shops. He then moved to the country to work as an author of non-fiction books. Today he lives in a small picturesque fishing village across the bay from the city of Melbourne close to his 2 beautiful daughters and 3 adorable granddaughters.
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