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|Queen Wants Rape Inquiry
- Charles set to announce independent investigation into servant's claims
PRINCE CHARLES has been told by his mum, the Queen, to set up an independent inquiry into allegations of male-rape among his courtiers.
Royal watchers expect Charles to announce the inquiry in the near future, perhaps as soon as today, as a way out of a crisis that has threatened to overwhelm the monarchy.
Former valet to Charles, George Smith, alleges an unmanned royal servant raped him but that the incident was brushed under the royal carpet. Princess Diana is thought to have kept a tape of Smith's claims, a key piece of evidence that mysteriously has gone missing.
Insiders at Buckingham Palace say the Queen is "exasperated" by recent events and believes an independent inquiry will help draw a line under the affair. On the other hand, such a strategy could be seen as high-risk as Smith also claims to have witnessed a sensational incident between a senior member of the royal family and a servant.
As well as matters sexual, Prince Charles and one of his aides, Michael Fabricant, could be put under the spotlight of a House of Commons investigation for alleged financial misdeeds said to involve accusations of tax-avoidance.