Then, when it became known he had received large sums of money from Lockheed it led to the biggest scandal the Dutch Monarchy had seen and it was only thanks to the fact that Juliana & her ministers were able to find a solution that caused less damage than what easily might have been a tragic end of Juliana's reign !
Bernhard was popular as the self-proclaimed war hero and many veterans worshipped him, but I wouldn't say he was so generally well-liked as you now make it seem to be.
Him establishing the Bilderberg Conferences was in fact solely expanding his international network, but those Conferences are still surrounded by much secrecy.
However, since this is the Scandinavian MB this discussion about PB might better be taken to the Benelux MB, so we can continue this thread about the Danish Consort
: I know Bernhard bashing has become very
: popular after he died. But for most of his
: public life as a Dutch Royal Bernhard was
: much loved and liked by a majority of the
: Dutch people.
: His biographer finished her book on him very
: well concluding that if you invite someone
: to play the part of the fairy tale prince
: you should not be surprised if he ends up
: telling fairy tales.
: Had Bernhard not been Juliana's husband much
: of the remaining glamour of the Dutch court
: would have been abolished. He also managed
: to create a vast international network that
: his daughters and especially Beatrix and her
: successor have been able to use and expand.
: His extra marital affairs look much worse
: now than they did in the age he had them or
: to men of his background. The various Dutch
: governments also forgot to set clear
: boundaries or reign him in creating a self
: for filling prophecy.
: Bernhard may not have been the most likely
: man and he certainly wasn't a faithful
: husband or politically conscious of his
: position. He was however a major factor in
: the popularity of the Dutch Royal family for
: decades. He also had a major influence on
: his daughters and the women they became. In
: a way both he and Juliana set up Beatrix
: very successful reign as she had seen where
: they had faltered. Willem-Alexander again
: learned from the two previous reigns and has
: re-introduced some of the more approachable
: aspects of his grandparents into the mix his
: parents created.
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: Both Hendrik and Bernhard were
: to their wives.
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