George IV’s estranged wife was not exactly scandal-free herself. Residing out of sight of her husband in Montagu House, Blackheath, in 1806 her neighbors Sir John and Lady Douglas claimed not only that she had been unfaithful to George, but that William Austin, a young boy in her care, was, in fact, her illegitimate son. A top-secret Royal Commission, given the title “Delicate Investigation” was subsequently launched, overseen by an all-star panel of British officials including the Prime Minister and Home Secretary. While there were some questions over whether Caroline’s behavior around the men she associated with was appropriate, the investigation ultimately found no concrete evidence to substantiate the accusations against her.
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