Despite spending 8 years, 4 months and 15 days, losing approximately 6,800 patriots in the battle to gain our independence from King George III, today, strangely, Americans still have a bizarre fascination with the British royal family and one that inexplicably crosses the political aisle.
Even now, with the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99 (18 presidents were elected in his lifetime), every living president has come out to pay their respects.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Andrew’s questionable behavior and friendships still splashed across the tabloid press, the American obsession with an institution we fought a war to unchain itself from, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
However, American history is still replete with many citizens who went out of their way to cause major problems for the British monarchy.
From publishers, performers, predators, party girls and presidents, there have been many who have sought to be a thorn in the side of the British elite, whether intentional or not. Here are just a few.