#AceHistoryNews says “Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864–92)” was a member of the British Royal Family. He was the eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), and the grandson of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was second in the line of succession to the throne, but he did not become king because he died before his father and his grandmother.
He travelled the world extensively as a naval cadet and joined the army, but did not undertake any active military duties. After two unsuccessful courtship’s, he was engaged to be married to Mary of Teck in late 1891.
Just a few weeks later, he died in an influenza pandemic. Mary later married his younger brother, George, who became King George V in 1910. Albert Victor’s intellect, sexuality and sanity have been the subject of much speculation. Rumours in 1889 linked him with the Cleveland Street
scandal, which involved a homosexual brothel, but there is no conclusive evidence verifying or disproving them. Some authors have argued that he
was the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper but the claim is widely dismissed.
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