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Royal Family at Center of Gay Sex Tape Blackmail Plot


British author Michael Davies has FOX News in hot water after he named a member of the royal family (not, apparently, a "senior" member) thought to be at the center of an extortion attempt on the royal family by 30-year-old socialite Ian Strachan (above) and 40-year-old Sean McGuigan. The two men are in jail after demanding £50,000 ($100,000) from the royal family to stop the release of a sex tape which allegedly shows a male member of the royals discussing performing an oral sex act on them. The video, shot on a mobile phone, also allegedly shows them discussing cocaine use.

BuckinghamIt has taken six weeks for the plot to hit the media.

According to the conservative tabloid Daily Mail: "Media outlets printing or broadcasting in Britain all face prosecution for breaching a court order which makes it an offence to identify the victim in any way. Naming any of the witnesses, including the aide who claims to have engaged in a gay sex act with the royal, is also banned, to maintain the royal's anonymity."

They add: "So who are this pair who have burst into such astonishing prominence? Ian Strachan has been frequently heard to claim at London clubs and parties that he knows Princes William and Harry - neither of whom is the subject of the alleged blackmail. 'I'm sure his claims that he knows them are complete nonsense,' says one London friend. Strachan, who the friend says is bisexual and posts his details on a gay website, arrived - apparently with his mother - in London several years ago from his native Aberdeen, where he had attended the Grammar School and considered studying law. Always a flamboyant figure, he instantly made inroads into a somewhat different, and better connected social set from the one in which he was brought up."

Meanwhile, another conservative British tab, The Sun reports that the Royal involved may soon go public. The Queen is reportedly "fond of her relative" and plans to stand by him. The two accused are set to appear at the Old Bailey in December.

Alleged blackmailers of royal named [guardian]
British journalist reveals royal name in 'blackmail' plot on U.S. news show [daily mail]

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  1. I guess you'd have to be into that chubby hairy Brit thing to fully appreciate this? Uh, no thanks.
    Sad that these turds tried to blackmail the guy.

    Posted by: Ugh | Oct 30, 2007 9:14:29 AM

  2. Viscount Linley?

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 30, 2007 9:38:25 AM

  3. Um... eew.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 30, 2007 10:10:16 AM

  4. Wow.. another socialite who looks like a greasy Brandon Davis!

    Posted by: mike | Oct 30, 2007 10:20:24 AM

  5. Andy, I do not think you have the facts laid out correctly:

    * To my knowledge, there was never a claim that the royal performed a sex act on the blackmailers. The claim was that the coked-out aide made the claim, on tape, that the royal had performed sex on him.

    * The lawyer for the fat hairy socialite said there was no tape of anyone having sex.

    * The only tape that has come to light is that of the aid who claims that the royal gave him cocaine because the name of the royal was on the envelope carrying the coke. If I work for CBS and put blow in a CBS envelope, does that mean Les Moonves is doing hot rails in his office as we speak? I think rather not.

    This entire thing is ridiculous. At the very least, if Linley was blowing the help, do you not think it would have shown up in the tabloids long ago? The paparazzi and tabloids would have made a tattle-tale very rich by now. As it is, we have two wannabes looking for a decidedly down-market amount of money.


    Posted by: Becks07 | Oct 30, 2007 10:21:40 AM

  6. Other sites have ventured that it is Frederick Windsor, son of Princess Michael of Kent.

    I've never heard of him, either. I was hoping it was Prince Harry, or at least Prince Edward. If it is's a non-starter.

    Posted by: stebbins | Oct 30, 2007 10:36:07 AM

  7. Who knew that there were this many royals on the loose? Buckingham Palace must have them stuffed in every cupboard

    Posted by: David D. | Oct 30, 2007 11:05:29 AM

  8. I have a very good feeling it's Lord Nicolas Windsor. Youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. I fact I am almost positive it is!

    Posted by: JP | Oct 30, 2007 11:22:50 AM

  9. I would bet money it is Lord Frederick Windsor, whose drug abuse history is well-known, as is the Queen's fondness for him.

    Interestingly, he is freakishly similar- looking to his Hanoverian ancesters and the Russian Royal Family to whom he is also related.

    Posted by: Jordan | Oct 30, 2007 11:49:29 AM

  10. A google image search of Lord Frederick Windsor reveals him to be *hot*. If he is the royal in question I hope there is a video. Or at least pictures.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 30, 2007 12:16:09 PM

  11. I don't think an American based website need worry about British law, which makes the British law ridiculous in this Internet era. An Australian court did find a US website liable for libel despite not having any servers in Australia, but no British court has ruled that way. There were longtime restrictions on showing speeches made by Jerry Adams (IRA/Sinn-Fein), but given satellite TV and the Internet it was thought pointless and the restrictions dropped. British libel law also needs to be updated. Right now it's basically set up to protect the aristocracy and the wealthy. If they can eliminate fox hunting and most of the House of Lords, libel law should be easy, or is this something that is more important than the other two?

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 30, 2007 12:55:34 PM

  12. Anon:


    Posted by: Brian | Oct 30, 2007 1:33:36 PM

  13. Man! That is a sex tape I don't ever want to see.


    Posted by: RP | Oct 30, 2007 3:55:17 PM

  14. It's most likely Freddy. He's coy in public, but has a wandering eye in private. I attended Magdallen during his final year there and I can tell you he's at the least Bi. And the Queen does have a soft spot for him, God knows

    Posted by: Joshua | Oct 30, 2007 4:55:45 PM

  15. @ JOSHUA -- If you attended that college with him as you say, why can\\\\\\\'t you spell it correctly? Hmmm...

    Posted by: Becks07 | Oct 30, 2007 6:41:54 PM

  16. Don't forgrt QEII is the result of a turkey baster birth if all the rumors about her father are to be believed, but that is ancient gossip.....

    Posted by: Richie | Oct 30, 2007 6:53:09 PM

  17. Thanks to the accessability of todays news outlets, the royals in the UK will have a hard time censoring what hits the news in their country.

    Posted by: Terren | Nov 4, 2007 1:36:24 PM

  18. >>>>>> ATT:
    >>>>>> Date: 6 May 2012
    >>>>>> RE: & all images of Ian Strachan (Royal Blackmail Case) appearing on your website/s
    >>>>>> It has been bought to my attention, that you are/have been publishing and distributing images/photographs that are copyright images of which I am the sole copyright holder or have been granted the copyright by the photographer by way of sworn statement.
    >>>>>> Under international (Bern convention), UK (including the "Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998"), US, and other national laws, you are not permitted to copy any original work of art including photographs which are subject to copyright without the copyright holders consent.
    >>>>>> In a number of cases, these aforemntioned images were removed from a private Facebook page which clearly stated 'Copyright of Ian Strachan' on each picture and from an email address that was illegaly accessed by two Journalists working for both NEWS OF THE WORLD & THE SUN NEWSPAPER. Both of these journalists have been charged with similar ofenses relating to hacking. To reiterate the offending images I mention were obtained illegaly. In a letter addressed to The Leveson Enquiry, this and other related matters have been raised and responded to.
    >>>>>> Please note that prohibition from copying images includes using derived and modified versions of images, because the modification itself entails copying.
    >>>>>> Please cease using any and all of my copyright images immediately, and desist from using them in the future.
    >>>>>> I have already given notice to your domain provider & notified all major search engines about your infringement. Said notice/s can be found on the Chilling effects website.
    >>>>>> If you are in any doubt about which image or images you have used, it follows that you must have used images from a variety of sources, in which case you almost certainly have infringed the copyrights of others. It is not my responsibility to identify each and every image to you, or to provide proof of my ownership of the rights to the images. However, if you insist on me providing to you with copies or the locations of each original image, I retain the right to charge you an administrative fee.
    >>>>>> I request that the copyright images be removed from your listings within 24 hours of receipt of this notice, if they are to be seen after the 24 hours you will give me no choice but tocontinue to take further action against you.
    >>>>>> You should note that an appeal date based on conviction has been set, In the likelyhood of overturning this conviction, which almost a certainty, please I have instructed counsel to persue any publication that has published illegaly obtained material and published libelous or defamatory material.
    >>>>>> Sincerely
    >>>>>> Ian Strachan

    Posted by: Ian Strachan | May 6, 2012 7:50:43 AM

  19. Ha! I thought that was a photo of Princess Caroline of Monaco at first glance...

    Posted by: MDNC | Aug 19, 2013 7:34:33 AM

  20. Ha! I thought that was a photo of Princess Caroline of Monaco at first glance...

    Posted by: MDNC | Aug 19, 2013 7:34:33 AM

  21. The film "The Bank Job" comes to life, at least in part.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Sep 3, 2013 12:37:43 PM

  22. Can you please post naked photos of Prince Harry. Forget the story, just give us Harry

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Sep 26, 2013 9:10:17 AM

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