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Old 08-02-2017, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default Proof Greg Hallett is full of shit.

Anyway, some people have heard of Gregg Hallett claiming to be the Arch Treasurer of England of something as the personal representative for the allegedly true king of England, a Portuguese named Francisco Manoel who claims to be the descendant of Queen Victoria and King George V of Hanover. They have even published an obnoxiously long set of books claiming alleged 'proof' of the same.

Well, do you want to know how to prove this is complete bullshit? He already wrote a book published in Portugal called The British Crown's Great Secret where he claims to be the descendant of the Duke of Wellington and not the King of Hanover. So which is it? Is he the bastard descendant of the King of Hanover or the Duke of Wellington? Or is he a Portuguese antique dealer that got a hold of some old British crap he peddles off as 'royal marks' allegedly 'proving' his claim to the British throne?

This article appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on December 19, 1999:

Portuguese pretender set to sue Queen
By Christina Lamb in Lisbon

A PORTUGUESE man claiming descent from a secret love child of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington is threatening to sue the Queen for recognition of his royal lineage.

Francisco Manoel, a 43-year-old antique furniture restorer from Lisbon, who adds Hanover-Coburg to his last name, has written to the Queen four times over the last year, requesting DNA samples so that he can prove his ancestry, and suggesting "a family meeting".

He has enlisted the support of the Roman Catholic Church to exhume the bodies of other European royals related to Victoria and has set up a website with photographs of himself, and other family members, alongside those of the Queen and other royals to show their supposed resemblance.

Mr Manoel, whose hooked nose does bear a likeness to that of Wellington, claims that his great-grandfather, Marcos Manoel, born in April 1834 and abandoned at the Roman Catholic shelter in Lisbon, was the fruit of an affair between the then Princess Alexandrina Victoria and Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.

Although Victoria was just 15 at the time and Wellington a widower of 64, Mr Manoel insists that "having lost her own father when she was a baby, Victoria had always looked on Wellington as a father figure. But women found him irresistible and when she became an adolescent, she too fell for his charms".

According to Mr Manoel, the affair between the heir to the throne and the much-decorated hero of Waterloo took place on the Isle of Wight, and it was to there that Victoria retreated when it became clear that she was pregnant. This he says is the reason for Victoria's attachment to the island where she later bought Osborne House.

He cites as evidence the reference in biographies to her suffering an "indisposition" in 1834 and disappearing from public view. He also points to the destruction of Victoria's papers after her death by her youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Victoria meticulously kept a diary that filled more than 122 volumes, and according to Cecil Woodham-Smith, her biographer, was "a record of persons, events and emotions without parallel in European history".

The loss of these diaries has led many historians to speculate that she had something to hide, though never before that this might involve Wellington and a secret love child. The infant was supposedly smuggled to Portugal because of Wellington's connections with the country where he had twice led forces to repel Napoleon and was regarded as a hero.

Mr Manoel has presented his case in a book The British Crown's Great Secret, published in Lisbon in English and Portuguese, a copy of which has been sent to Buckingham Palace, inscribed to "My dear cousin Elizabeth". He has received a reply only to his first letter which, while not denying his claim, said that there seemed "little evidence".

A palace spokesman said: "A number of people make claims to descendancy from the Royal Family and other European royal families. We don't take them seriously."

Lady Longford, an authority on Victoria, has read the book and while confirming that Wellington was "a very close family friend", insists that Mr Manoel's claims are "absolutely untrue. His great-grandfather probably was descended from some English person but not Victoria - she was absolutely under the thumb of her mother and did not even have her own bedroom".

But the photographs on Mr Manoel's website show a strong resemblance between his mother Olga Maria and the Queen; his grandmother Christina and Victoria of Hesse, Queen Victoria's first daughter; and himself and the Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria's father.

Mr Manoel also produced various items to prove his claim that he says were left with his great-grandfather as "signs of a foundling", including a silver pencil holder with Victoria's crest. He said: "We have borne this tremendous secret for 165 years and now it is time for our descendancy of the Saxe-Coburg and Hanover House to be officially acknowledged."

He said the family has kept quiet until now because it feared reprisals. "We all knew who we were - I was told by my grandmother when I was nine - but it was taboo to mention it outside the family. In the Twenties we sent a private detective to England to make inquiries and he came back scared to death."

Mr Manoel claims to have received threats and to have been followed while on the Isle of Wight obtaining testimony from two old women who claim to have heard of "a child hidden at Osborne that Princess Victoria had when she was very young".

He admits, that "my story is stranger than fiction", but says "there is only one way to disprove it". Inspired by Prince Philip's agreement to provide DNA to identify positively the bones of the last Tsar, Mr Manoel has obtained permission from Lisbon council to exhume the bodies of his ancestors for DNA sampling. One of the corpses he is hoping to have exhumed is King Ferdinand II of Portugal, Victoria's first cousin.

Mr Manoel is determined to pursue his claim against the Queen to the courts if necessary. He said: "I am not seeking the throne or trying to start a war. I just want to achieve recognition and rectify history."

Another article about it is here:

An interesting variation of the search for distinguished ancestry has emerged from Portugal in the shape of a claim by Francisco Manoel, a 43-year-old antique furniture restorer in Lisbon, that he is the great-grandson of Princess Alexandrina Victoria's illegitimate son (born when the future Queen Victoria was 15 and the alleged father, the Duke of Wellington, was 64).

The full story is told in "The British Crown's Great Secret", a 400-page book written in Portuguese and fractured English and published in Lisbon.

The author has used circumstantial evidence to advance a case which does persuade an open mind to accept that something bizarre might be hidden in Victoria's early life, but that oddity, if it did exist, would not necessarily involve Wellington directly. He had been Prime Minister recently and was soon to be Prime Minister again, so, if the story is true, his alleged assistance in the smuggling of the little boy to Portugal would not necessarily be owed to his fatherhood of the child.
The author is attempting to arrange DNA tests on the bodies of Victoria's known descendants, and has on his website published photographs that, we must admit, do hint at the possibility of an unknown blood connection (not necessarily the one claimed) between Victoria's family and his. The photograph of the author's mother, Olga Maria, claimed as second cousin to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, has been found persuasive by some. Royal smile ?

He also had a website to promote his book formerly located here:

that can still be seen at
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