The royal baccarat scandal was a British gambling scandal of the late
19th century involving the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). In
September 1890 he was invited to a house party at Tranby Croft,
Yorkshire, the home of Arthur Wilson and his family. During Edward's
stay, lieutenant colonel Sir William Gordon-Cumming (pictured) was
accused of cheating at baccarat and pressured into signing a document
that stated he would never play cards again, in exchange for the silence
of the guests. The secret was not kept for long, and Gordon-Cumming
demanded a retraction from the Wilson family, who he considered to blame
for divulging the news. They refused and he sued for slander. The
atmosphere at trial in June 1891 was described as being like a theatre.
Edward was called as a witness, the first time the heir to the throne
had been compelled to appear in court since 1411. Despite discrepancies
in the evidence and a strong closing speech by Gordon-Cumming's
barrister, the jury found against him after a summing-up from the judge
that was described by some as biased. Gordon-Cumming was dismissed from
the army and ostracised from society for life, though public opinion was
on his side.
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