"A sad anniversary falls for the House of Windsor as January continues to freeze. 18 January marks 101 years since Prince John of the United Kingdom died from a severe seizure. John was the fifth son and the youngest of the six children of King George V and Queen Mary."
Misleading headline. Prince John is certainly not forgotten and he was never hidden. Mary would arrange for children to visit him--play dates--at Wood Farm. He spent a lot of time with Queen Alexandra and would visit the rest of the family when they were at York Cottage. His disabilities were not understood at the time and no effective treatment plans existed.
Queen Mary didn't forget her youngest, in addition to his siblings, she spent a lot of time with John at Wood Farm along with Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and "Lala" would exchange many letters about John during his lifetime when HM was in London. He was a beloved child and sibling.
Yes. That's why I get irritated when I see him referred to as the "forgotten" or "secret" Prince. He was neither. Mary and George were definitely not great parents, but they didn't hide him away or ignore him. His disabilities were not understood back then and it was recommended he stay in a quiet environment. Mary's letters to Lala Bill show she loved JOhn and tried to do what she could for him. Alexandra would have him to the Big House and play games and visit with him. His death was painful for George and Mary and the rest of the family.
I attempted to change the blog's headline from the "forgotten" Prince to the "hidden" Prince, even using "hidden" was unfair, either way it made it sound as if Prince John was a discarded member of the family and he certainly was not. The press has treated his life unfairly all along. Royalty Digest Quarterly and ERHJ have published articles about Prince John and his life which have been very interesting and very fair especially in regards to the love and attention he received from his parents and siblings.