Tracy R. Twyman's interview
with Prince Michael
Dagobert's Revenge Magazine, 21 May 1999
"Born in exile" in Belgium, 1958, Prince Michael Stewart inherited
numerous titles, among them, 7th Count of Albany, Titular Prince of France
and Poland, and Scots King de jure. Although his family had lived in
Belgium for three generations, Prince Michael had long held a heartfelt
desire to return to Scotland and become their king instead. So, at the age
of 18, with the disapproval of his immediate family, Prince Michael flew
to Scotland, with money he'd saved from working in an insurance firm, to
pursue his dream. After a bit of a struggle, he achieved official
recognition from the Westminster government as the Head of the Royal House
of Stewart. Now he is the elected President of the European Council of
Princes, a constitutional advisory body within the European Union. In
addition, he is the Knight Grand Commander of the Chivalric Military Order
of the Temple of Jerusalem, the Grand Master of the Noble Order of the
Guard of St. Germain, and the Sovereign Head of Scotland's Sacred Kindred
of Saint Columba. He is also the author of the best-selling book, The
Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland.
Tracy: You've been called Prince Michael since birth, right?
Prince Michael: Yes, I have.
Tracy: So have you always known that you were the rightful King of Scots?
Did your parents tell you that?
Prince Michael: Well, yes, I mean it's been in the family for centuries,
you know, it's from generation to generation. However, when you live in
Europe and you've been in exile for just below 300 years it's not
something that you tend to be obsessive about. You know, there is the
concept that you have to survive in 20th century history, and we've had,
you know, two world wars and so forth, so family fortunes have had ups and
downs, and basically it's a case of survival more than anything else.
Tracy: OK, but there has been a plan ever since Bonnie Prince Charlie...
Prince Michael: Oh, there's been a plan even before Bonnie Prince Charlie,
there's been a plan since James VII, you know, who lost the three crowns
due to the betrayal of the Church of England. Yes, I mean, we have always
wanted to come back to this country.
Tracy: OK, so then I don't understand why you had to fight with your
parents about it.
Prince Michael: No, it's a question basically of, you know, my mother had
other priorities for me, like a 9-5 job kind of thing behind a desk. Mum's
a strong socialist, as was my grandfather...
Tracy: Oh, so they don't even like the idea of monarchy.
Prince Michael: Well, they think that it's a bit of an anachronism this
century. However I'm of a different kettle of fish, you know. I just don't
think that particular way - notwithstanding the fact that I was born the
King of Belgians, which has had a monarchy since 1831. I believe in the
concept of monarchism. What my mother does not believe in is the kind of
monarchism as we have in Britain. She's quite happy with the kind of
monarchy you have in Europe. But bear in mind that to be a King or Queen
means to lose a tremendous amount of privacy. My mother and my grandfather
being extremely private people, you know, the idea of acceding to that
particular status in life did not interest them.
Tracy: I see. But you had support from other members of the family?
Prince Michael: Yes, yes, but I must admit that, you know, we have been
Belgians since 1892, so I must admit I'm the only throwback within the
family thinking of himself as a purely Scottish Stewart. My mother, my
father, my grandparents were born in Belgium. They are Belgians. I have
never considered or termed myself to be a Belgian citizen. I personally
was born in exile, which I hated, and I came back to Scotland when I
became of age, and that was that, you know. I'd rather die a citizen of
Scotland not on the throne than a Prince of Scotland in exile in Belgium.
Tracy: When did you get this idea in your head that you would go back to
Scotland and try to reclaim the throne?
Prince Michael: I was five years of age at the time.
Tracy: Yeah, I remember reading that story. I kind of questioned it. It
seemed like a strange thing to come out of the mouth of a five-year-old.
Prince Michael: Not really. (Laughs.) Not if you know anything about my
family! We can be strange people occasionally. But I did make that - I
tend to call it an "utteration." And basically yes, I was five when I
became Head of my house, because my great uncle died in 1963, so in 1963 I
then succeeded as Head of my house. And the question was being asked on my
5th birthday, and out of the blue I just answered, you know: "When I am 18
I shall leave you all to go to Scotland to live and die there", quote.
Take into account that my parents had just separated. This, you know,
being told by your only child that he was going to leave you when he's 18
years of age was not particularly welcome by my mother. But yes, I did
make that particular comment, and when I was 18 I came to Scotland and,
you know, that's it.
Tracy: I see. Well, when it was explained to you as a child, you know, who
you were and what your birthright was and stuff, did they mention the
connection with Jesus and the House of David?
Prince Michael: No, not really. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's something
that many families in Europe are aware of about themselves. However, bear
in mind that Europe is extremely Catholicized in any case. Even from a
Protestant point of view this would still be termed heretical. It's not
something that we mention to anyone. You know, it's 2000 years old, so
it's pretty much in the past. We have a concept of Christianity that is
very much different from the norm, that's true. None of us have ever
considered the virgin birth as explained by the Roman Catholic Church to
be correct. These kinds of things, yes. But then of course we do live
within a Christian world, either according to the RC - Roman Church, or C
of S, Church of Scotland, or whatever, you know, it's either orthodox
Greek or Russian, or
then it's Roman Catholic or Presbyterian or Protestant. All of them still
declare Jesus to have been born of a virgin who was impregnated by the
Holy Spirit. Make what you wish out of that, but frankly - (laughs
riotously) - we have definite and very different views on that matter,
simply because, yes, we are of that bloodline. If I had to describe Jesus
to any one I would say, "Well, imagine Bonnie Prince Charlie 2000 years
ago making a bid for a new kingship, and unfortunately it went astray and
it didn't work." And whoever actually survived after he died - and we're
not talking A.D. 33 or A.D. 37, you know, it's much later than that.
Christianity was not created during the lifetime of Jesus Christ, it's
after his death in A.D. 64. Actually I always say there is no such thing
as Christianity. What we have is "Churchianity."
Tracy: Right. Well the Ambassador told me that this was very significant
to you guys, your descent from David, because, well, he said that you
considered that to be the basis of your legitimacy, kind of a Divine
Prince Michael: Well, yes and no. I mean, I think people have to make a
definite difference between, say, English Divine Right, which is totally
different from the Scottish point of view. Prior to Christianity being
imposed in Britain, do bear in mind that any king would have been termed a
reincarnation of, you know, one of the gods that prevailed in Britain. So
even before Christianity, the fact is that a king was considered to be a
living god, an incarnation of a particular god, and his wife would be an
incarnation of a particular goddess. The concept of Divine Right is
extremely old. The Egyptians had it, the Sumerians had it, the Jews had
it. Whether Jews today would admit to that I don't know, but certainly
during the days of Solomon and David, all actually came upon the throne as
an incarnation of something. So I wouldn't call it "Divine Right". I would
simply explain it as a continuation of a concept that is older than
Christianity, basically. I mean, I don't consider myself to be divine in
Tracy: All right. Well, I've read things put out, what seems like
propaganda for the Grail families, where they intimate that the Grail
families are special and significant because they're descendant from some
intermarriage between Iraelites and extraterrestrials.
Prince Michael: No.
PM. (Laughs.) No. Whoever wrote that, take it with a pinch of salt. There
is nothing extraterrestrial about us. However, we could get into the
concept of the fact that all of us are made of extraterrestrial, um, how
can I put it? If you think of what hits the Earth every day for the past
millions of years, there are items which actually enter our atmosphere and
become part of the living planet, which we eat, which we drink, whatever,
you know. It becomes part of our everyday intake. Considering that this
has been going on for millions of years, you can see that particular
concept being understandable. But the idea of actual extraterrestrials
coming down, you know, beaming down from Planet Mars and actually
intermingling with earthlings, I'm afraid no.
Tracy: OK. Well I got kind of a different answer from the Ambassador. He
said that "We (and I assume he's speaking for the Grail families at large)
consider God to be an extraterrestrial." But again, he -
Prince Michael: (Shocked.)
Scott said that?
Tracy: He said that, but then he kind of qualified it by saying that "we"
don't imagine Him to be coming down in a flying saucer, or anything. He
said that "we believe that God has both physical and spiritual form", and
that he is an extraterrestrial. I really pressed this issue, so maybe I
kind of forced him into saying that.
Prince Michael: Right. No, I would actually think that particular way. I
mean, I consider God to be a universal concept, you know, it spans the
universe. It is the universe, and it's not just planet Earth, it is every
one of them. It is living within things, be it rocks, flowers, people,
animals. It transcends everything, really. I mean, we're all part of this
universal understanding which expands as the years go by. But I don't
think of God as being anything more than that. I mean that is my own. I
think if you were to ask 11 people in a room to actually define their
understanding of God you'd probably get twelve answers. So my own is, call
it the Great Architect, like the Masons do, or God, as the Church does, or
whatever, however you understand God to be, that will be your God. Mine is
something which actually transcends the entire universe.
Tracy: OK, yeah. I was just wondering if there was, like, a concept of God
that gets taught to you when you're a member of these families, or perhaps
when you join the Templars.
Prince Michael: Not particularly, because at the end of the day, I mean,
we're all individuals, so our understanding and definition of the word God
will be distinctly different from one to another. What some families have
in common is a particular pedigree, which takes you to a particular man
which has been defined by Church fathers as the living incarnation of God,
Jehovah or Yahweh upon earth. Now neither of us see it like that. That's
the way the Church perceives it, that what Paul imposed with his dogma
upon the people he preached to. Bear in mind that in those days in order
to become a god you had to be born of a virgin. Look at Greece, look at
Rome, Babylonians, Sumerians, all of these people, the ones that became
extremely popular and became heroes in their own right, you know, what
historians would call mythical heroes today were all born of a god and a
virgin. So that seems to have been the prerequisite thing, was to have
been born of a virgin and a god. But you and I know perfectly well that
all these people were born from proper human beings.
Tracy: At what age did you join the Templars?
Prince Michael: Well, I was born into it. There are three families in
Scotland where the heads of those families are born into the Order of
Knights Templar, which are the Setons, the Sinclairs and the Stewarts.
We're known as "The Three Ss".
Tracy: So when you were a kid you always knew -
Prince Michael: Well, how can I put it? The concept of something that you
inherit, you know, through the principle of heredity - it's not something
you're told as a child. My grandfather, for example was a Knight Templar.
It's not something that I was told: "Oh, by the way, you were born a
Knight Templar." Because it never occurs to any of us to tell the
successive generation. Well, some of them do. But as a rule it's something
that you're born with. You know, if you have one title, you usually have
about three or four titles attached to it, minor ones, that you're not
aware of. That is why some people, some families, for example, get into
hard times, and then they ask: "What minor titles do I have which I could
sell?" And it's only in this particular fashion that they find out what
belongs to them by the principle of hereditary. The concept of the Knights
Templars, from generation to generation it was dictated after 1314 was
that the successive head of the House of Stewart, Seton and Sinclair would
be Knights Templars from birth. I'm also the 54th - 54th or 57th? I'm
actually the 57th Archpriest of the Kindred of St. Columba in Scotland.
It's something you're born with. You carry it from the time you're born
until the time you die. It's difficult to explain if you're not part of
that particular concept, which is a historical one.
Tracy: Well, how about other members of the Templars? I mean, how do you
even become a Templar if you're not born into it?
Prince Michael: Well, basically, you're supposed to be invited to join the
Order. You do have three kinds of Templars which are proper orders, which
is the Order of Christ in Portugal, The Order of Our Lady of Montèzar in
Spain, and then you have the Order of Knights Templar of St. Anthony in
Tracy: And do you have to be Scottish to join?
Prince Michael: Not particularly.
Tracy: Of Scottish descent?
Prince Michael: Well, of Scottish origin, yes. And then you have
pseudo-orders, which date back from, say, the 19th century, and you have
thousands of those, unfortunately. And this is where the problem arises,
you know, which are the true ones and which are not the true ones? The
pseudo-orders are so numerous that it becomes practically impossible to
extricate the right ones from the wrong ones. But certainly the Order of
Knights Templar of St. Anthony in Scotland, the Order of Christ in
Portugal, and the Order of Our Lady of Montèzar in Spain are the only
three recognized Templar orders which have a succession going back to
Tracy: I see. Do have to be male to join?
Prince Michael: Not particularly. No no no no no. As a matter of fact, I'm
writing my second book on the matter, it's actually on Scotland, Templars
and Freemasons. And basically most people are not aware of this, and again
it's the dogmatic history which has been presented by some historians to
the people stating that Templars certainly had to be celibate, or at least
unmarried, which is a load of rubbish, because they had lots of married
Templars in the Order. The only difference was that they actually wore a
black mantle with a red cross instead of a white one. That was to
differentiate between the married ones and the unmarried ones. You also
had women Templars who were called "Cisterciennes." And they survived well
into the 14th century, so when people say to you it was a male order only,
it's a load of rubbish. As a matter of fact, what the female Templars did
was to take care of the education of children born to Templars, who would
become Templars themselves. So there is within the Order, even in medieval
days, already a kind of hereditary concept attached to it.
Tracy: Were the women initiated into the same secrets?
Prince Michael: I still have to find that one out. I reckon not. I reckon
there was - how can I put it to you? To each organization in the world,
you know, whether you are a business or political organization, you will
have those who belong to the inner board and those who belong to the
periphery of the inner board. And your inner board is the one that
actually decides on the agenda. But you are never going to present that
agenda as you people of the inner board have it in your mind. You're going
to present it in some way that will be more acceptable to the rest in the
group. And that's basically what happened with the Templars as well. In
fact, in order to choose a Grand Master - and again, history tends to
present the idea that all the knights had a say in who gets to be Grand
Master, and that is quite wrong. Only 12 people had the right to choose a
Grand Master, and on top of them, part of the twelve were the Grand
Commanders of the Order. Now that was male only.
Tracy: If you were a member of the of the outer order, could you move up?
Are there degrees?
Prince Michael: I suppose there were, because you keep that particular
post for your lifetime. Then when you die you have to get replaced,
because there can never be less than twelve people. So yes, I suppose that
people could actually go up the ladder.
Tracy: And then they learn the real agenda?
Prince Michael: Possibly. Probably.
Tracy: And what exactly is that agenda? What can you tell me, at least?
Prince Michael: Well remember, you know, this is not the agenda now,
because the Order as it was no longer exists. The agenda was merely to, um
- OK, historically speaking, the Order of the Knights Templars existed
since 1094, although you will be told 1118. So they existed before they
arrived in Jerusalem. So they arrive in Jerusalem in 1099, together with
Godfroi de Bouillion, and they are settled in the royal palace together
with the royal family of Jerusalem, i.e. Godfroi de Bouillion and his
brother, Baldwin. Now it is interesting to note that although these two
gentlemen are Christian, as soon as Bouillion was declared "Advocatus",
which means Guardian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem - and it's his
brother, Baldwin I who is the first King of the Crusader Kingdom of
Jerusalem - both of them actually became Jews. They converted to Judaism.
Prince Michael: Yeah. Precisely. So they actually acceded to the rulership
of Jerusalem not as Christian aristocrats but as Davidic Judaic kings.
Tracy: So do you think they did that just strategically or because they
had learned something that made them change?
Prince Michael: No, they knew who they were and at the end of the day they
went back home where they belonged. And as such they decided, you know,
"We're going to rule Outremer as our ancestors did", and so they became
Judaic. They converted. And they became more Eastern than they were
Westerners. And at the end of it the order was created as a bodyguard,
both a spiritual one, i.e. Temple guard, as well as a royal one, you know,
a royal bodyguard.
Prince Michael: For the Latin Kings of Jerusalem. So when you look at the
descendants, for example, of Hughes de Payen, who was the first Grand
Master of the Order, you'll soon find out that his lineage is to the House
of Brittany, which of course takes him back to the Merovingians, and
hence, you know, further on down the line. And then you realize that
basically what they have done is: there is a spiritual Messiah, which is
the Grand master of the Order of Knights Templar, and then there is a
temporal one, which is of course the Latin King of the Crusader Kingdom.
So basically you're going back to the roots, where you had a High Priest,
and then you had your King.
Tracy: OK, well how about the agenda of the Templars now, then?
Prince Michael: Well, to tell you the truth, I don't think personally that
these pseudo-orders have an agenda, for the good and simple reason that
very few of them understand what the history of the real Order, you know,
the old, ancient order, is all about.
Tracy: But what about the ones that you consider to be legitimate?
Prince Michael: Well, the Order of Knights Templar in Portugal is now
under the headship of the royal house of Portugal, the House of Breganza.
So again it's support to the restoration of the Royal House of Breganza.
The Order in Spain is under the headship of the Royal House of Bourbon in
Spain, and the Knights of the Order of Templars of St. Anthony is favoring
the restoration of the Royal House of Stewart in Scotland.
Tracy: OK, well, that's what I thought.
Prince Michael: (Laughs) You have to support your own royal families, and
in Scotland, the Order of the Knights Templar was known as, um, um, hold
on a minute... "The bodyguard of the Kings of Scots by day and by night."
Tracy: In Scotland, how many Scots at large do you think are aware of your
claim and support you?
Prince Michael: Well, the book is now #2 as a Scottish bestseller, so I'd
reckon quite a few, actually. And the problem that we have in Scotland,
politically, is that, at present, neither the SNP or Labour Party or the
non-existing Conservative Party in Scotland wish to debate the role of the
monarchy in a free independent Scotland. I did a tour, a rather extensive
tour of Scotland for promoting the book, and during my talk I would ask
people a question, which is: "Now if we had to vote for total Scottish
independence separate from England, and it's a two question bill, i.e.,
Republic or Windsors, what do you vote for?" And most of them said: "Oh,
we'll definitely vote for a Republic." Then my question was: "Well, is
that because you are Republicans?" And most of them said: "No, it's
because we don't like the Windsors. They don't really belong to Scotland
as such." And so I said, "OK, it's a three question bill: Republic,
Windsors, or your own Scottish constitutional monarchy!?" And in all
cases, or most cases, the answer that I got back was: "Well, the third
option is much more interesting." Because Scotland has a monarchical
history, which is much older than England in any case, we have a crown, of
which people are extremely proud, and it's the oldest crown in Europe,
it's older than the crown of England. And the idea of being properly,
constitutionally represented, at home and abroad was much more interesting
than, you know, a President. Notwithstanding the fact that, you know, I'm
not saying that kings are angels. They're not. Everybody's human. But I
think that with a presidency corruption at the top is much more obvious
and certain than if you have proper constitutional monarchy set up in a
country. I mean, at least a king, when properly drilled on constitutional
matter - and this is it, you see. In Britain, when the Queen opens
Parliament every year, she will read the Queen's speech. It is not the
Queen's speech. It's a speech she has been given by a secretary of the
Prime Minister. So it's the Prime Minister's speech read by the Queen.
It's his speech. But it is not what the Queen expects from her government.
It's very much what people can expect from a government which most people
haven't voted for in the first place. You see? So from a constitutional
point of view you also have to remember that Scotland is the oldest
constitutionally-formed country in Europe. In 1320 we had the Declaration
of Arbroath, which actually explains the fundamentals of civil rights and
liberties of the entire Community of the Realm of Scotland. Nobody else in
Europe had this, least of all England. So you have to bear in mind that
from a Scottish point of view, civil rights and liberties are much older
in Scotland than say, America. In fact the American Constitution is based
on the Declaration of Arbroath. As a matter of fact your Constitution was
actually written by Scots.
Tracy: Uh, what do you mean?
Prince Michael: Well, what I mean is that if you look at the history of
the Constitution of the United States of America, as well as the
Declaration of Independence of 1776, you will soon find out that actually
the people involved in the writing of both documents were Scottish. They
were not what you would call "American Americans." They were Scots. And
basically what they did was to update a medieval constitution, the
Scottish one, to an 18th century understanding of democracy, which had
been taken away in Scotland in 1707. And remember in America alone you
have 23,000,000 people with Scottish names today. And when you look at
those people who actually fought for American independence, you will find
a tremendous amount of Scots in there as well.
Tracy: So you're talking, like, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton...
Prince Michael: Yep, all those. Paul Jones.
Tracy: I did not know that.
Prince Michael: Ah, there you have it. Very few Americans are aware of
their history, which is a great pity, because they will then find out
very, very soon that the Declaration of Independence and the tenets of
their Constitution were given to them thanks to people from Scotland who
actually decided to leave. In fact, they were kicked out of Scotland after
the "45." They went to America. They settled there, and then they
realized: "Well, if we couldn't actually make it at home, let's make it
here." You know, Washington was a direct descendant of the Royal House of
Tracy: Huh. I didn't know that. I remember he was offered kingship and he
Prince Michael: That's right, and he sent a delegation to Florence, where
Bonnie Prince Charlie was residing at the time and offered the crown to
Tracy: Yeah, I remember reading that. I just didn't know that Washington
had any -
Prince Michael: Oh yes, he had royal blood. I mean, you know, it's far
away in history, but it's there. He would have been aware of his family
tree. He was extremely well-connected.
Tracy: All right. Let's go to the proposed constitution that you put in
the appendix to your book. Did you come up with that all on your own?
Prince Michael: More or less, yes. It's an updated version of the
Declaration of Arbroath. It's possibly more European than anything else as
well. You know, Britain is the only country not to have a written
constitution in the world. I don't think people are aware of this, but in
Britain there is no such thing as a written constitution.
Tracy: Yeah. I noticed that in it you guarantee your citizens health care,
and a job, and a home...
Prince Michael: Well it's not a question of guaranteeing a job. It
actually a question of saying to the government that "Your role is to make
sure that people can have a job, certainly can have a roof over their
heads, and certainly can have free health care and a free education." It's
a constitution about rights. It's not a constitution about privileges.
Tracy: But if you're homeless in Scotland, does that mean that once this
constitution comes into being that you now have a right to a house,
whereas before you didn't?
Prince Michael: Well, if my constitution comes into being than yes.
Presently, if you're homeless, you haven't got the right to work, you
haven't got the right to draw benefits, you haven't got the right to vote.
In other words, you have no rights whatsoever. Now, I don't know how you
feel about this, but I find it appalling that in the latter part of the
20th century - you know, we're two years away from the year 2000 - we
still have people facing that situation. Notwithstanding the fact that, if
you look around - and I don't know what it's like on your side of the
ocean, but on our side of the ocean there are empty houses, there are
empty flats boarded up that could actually be a home to a homeless person.
And to my mind there is no need for people to be homeless regardless of
the situation they got themselves into.
Tracy: Well, that's nice.
Prince Michael: Yeah, well surely that stands to reason. I mean if one
believes in the tenets of Christianity in the first place, and let's face
it: everyone, or at least most people in Europe will call themselves
Christian. But I find a tremendous amount of un-Christian attitude, most
of all from politicians. For example, in 1979 - I don't know how many
people today are homeless in London - but in 1979 there were 50,000
between the age of 18-25 homeless in London, you know, below the windows
of Her Majesty the Queen, and very little was done about these people.
Very little is done about these people. So it's about time we get into the
concept of helping, and forget about the view that if they can't provide
for themselves than they are no good to anybody else. I find that quite
Tracy: On the Council of
Princes, I assume there are other members of the Grail families, right?
Prince Michael: Well, there's 33 of us, you know, 33 royal houses
represented on the Council. Most of us are connected to one another at one
point or another. So yes, most of us are of Grail families.
Tracy: Do all the Grail families kind of have a common goal? I mean, do
they network and collaborate together for a specific cause?
Prince Michael: No, not particularly. At the end of the day, the idea is
that, you know, all of us should be restored to where we belong. On an
individual basis it's bad enough working for yourself, never mind having
to help and try to work on behalf of somebody else as well. Europe is
quite a big continent, you know. So no, it's more on an individualistic
basis. But at present how the Council works is as a constitutional
advisory body. So think in terms of Straussburg and Brussels legislating
new laws. Every country in Europe has a written constitution. Some of that
legislation will impinge upon on or two or three or more constitutions, so
that's what we're dealing with. We're pointing out that this particular
legislation, say, would not or could not apply to either Spain or Holland
or whatever because of a particular point of their constitution. Either
they amend that legislation or it's the constitution of that country that
has to be amended, which of course becomes a bit frightening because you
can make so many amendments that at the end of the day you produce a
constitution which has nothing in common with the original one. So we'd
rather change the legislation in Brussels of Strausburg against changing
or amending a constitution in Europe.
Tracy: On your website you have a picture of the Honors of Scotland, and
the "Stone of Destiny" is there. Is that the real one?
Prince Michael: No. (Laughs.) No, basically what Edward I was given in
1296 was a masonry stone, i.e. it's a stepping stone. And funnily enough,
we had this symposium few months ago in Edinburgh, and, you know, you had
several historians talking about the Stone, and this and that, whatever.
And then we had a stone mason talking about the Stone and describing the
Stone, and it was extremely boring and most of us were falling asleep
until the chap said (and I quote): "...but the most interesting feature
about the Stone is that it's a stepping stone and you step on it with your
left foot." Well, I'm not
joking; all the heads - and you have about 500 people in there - all the
heads, it was like an American wave literally happening there. All the
heads went up. And most of us actually said or thought: "Well, if that's
the case then it's not the real thing." Because it's not for stepping,
it's for sitting, and you would only sit on it once in your life, at your
coronation. You would never step on it. And the fact is there is an
indentation showing a step, a left foot step as the chap was explaining to
us. So I know for a fact that what Edward I was given was not the Stone.
And let's face it: it was not used as a coronation stone with the kings of
England until Henry IV acceded to the throne of England. Not before then.
And it was known as the Victory Stone, not the Stone of Destiny. It was
merely known in England as the Victory Stone, and it was then entrusted to
the monks of Westminster to commemorate St. Edward. But not before the
accession of Henry IV was the Victory Stone brought from Scotland to
London used as a coronation item as we're thinking of in England.
Tracy: Well, in the book, you say that you know where the Stone is, the
Prince Michael: No, what I say is that the Stone is in Scotland, and it's
probably in the trust of a family or families. Again it's that hereditary
thing, you know, from father to son, or whatever, from father to daughter
if you have no son. But Pat Gerber, who actually wrote a book on the Stone
of Destiny, tends to believe that particular concept as well.
Tracy: What's his name?
Prince Michael: Pat Gerber. It's a she. She actually lectures at the
University of Glasgow.
Tracy: So you don't know where it is specifically?
Prince Michael: I think it will be produced at the right time, basically
Whenever Scotland becomes independent, and whosoever will then succeed us
as King of Scots, I think that the Stone will then be brought forward. The
Tracy: Do you know about any Merovingian descendants who are trying to
reclaim the throne, the French throne?
Prince Michael: Oh, there is Ludwig of Anjou, who lives in Spain. He
actually is the rightful heir to the throne of France. You can forget
about, um, what's that chap's name again?
Tracy: Pierre Plantard?
Prince Michael: Pierre Plantard de Saint-Claire. No no. Forget about that.
Tracy: So what, he was lying?
Prince Michael: Yeah, I think it was more wishful thinking than anything
else, personally. Yeah.
Tracy: So you dismiss all that.
Prince Michael: I dismiss the Plantard claim, yes.
Tracy: And the Prieuré de Sion? You dismiss them?
Prince Michael: Well, there certainly was once upon a time the Order of
Sion, yes. Again, that became defunct in medieval days. I'm not saying
that it didn't survive in some other means. It probably did. But again,
you'll find that historically speaking the Holy Blood, Holy Grail book,
for example, by Michael Baigent and so forth, what they forgot to say was
that it wasn't until post-WWII that all organizations had to register,
whether you were spiritual organization, temple or whatever. If you were
an association of any kind, after WWII you had to register. Now WWII
finished in 1945 and the Order of Sion as mentioned in Holy Blood, Holy
Grail did not register before the late 1950s. So you have to ask yourself,
you know, considering they had to register after 1946, why did they do it
in 1958? And the answer to that is that they only became an association in
1958. It was only created in 1958.
Tracy: So what we know as the Prieuré de Sion today is probably not the
real Order of Sion.
Prince Michael: It's not really the real Order, no. I'm quite sure that
within some families the concept of the Order still applies. But it will
be individuals that are descended from an organization which was prevalent
in medieval days. It's like the Templars. You still have many families
with Templar names today in France and Scotland and Portugal and such. And
their ancestors were once upon a time Knights Templar. It can be said they
are Templar families. But whether that makes, in effect, a live order or
not, this where I have my doubts, because most of these, if you ask them:
"Do you believe yourselves to be a member of the Order of Knights Templars?",
the answer to that probably would be: "No, I don't." They would say: "My
ancestor was a Knight Templar, but I am not."
Tracy: Well, that's kind of disappointing. I kind of liked the idea that
was put forth in Holy Blood, Holy Grail. It was neat.
Prince Michael: Yeah, but it was too many ifs and whats, you see. That's
the problem I had with that particular book. In Bloodline of the Holy
Grail, we're concerned with, you know, a family tree. That's it. And of
course it's a book about the history of the Church vs. the family. It's no
longer ifs and whats. You've got dates, you've got names, you know, it's
all there. The problem I have with claims of certain historians or
researchers is what they are given, they are given this by some very weird
individuals, and they tend to actually believe what they're told. I think
it's very naive, personally. If Michael Baigent and Co. had actually
checked the data they were given, I'm quite sure they would have thought
twice before writing the book, or they would have written something in a
different vein, still about this particular concept, but written
differently. When the book came out, I was quite taken aback, because I
thought to myself: Well, they haven't really done any research, because,
they haven't really scratched the surface. In fact, they haven't really
scratched at all. You've been given this data by one individual, claiming
to be the head of one particular order. And they swallowed it, you know,
like champagne. And it was an interesting book, but - which is why
Bloodline of the Holy Grail was written, really, to put the whole thing
back in perspective.
Tracy: So you would say that Pierre Plantard and friends are charlatans?
Prince Michael: I don't like the word "charlatans". I think, basically,
like many people, he just jumped on the bandwagon. One thing you could say
in your article is that Mary, Queen of Scots, for example, was very aware
of her Merovingian and Davidic descent, because she actually had a book
that had her family tree back to King David via Jesus and so forth. And
that came from the Lorraine family, de Guise-Lorraine. And again, if you
go back to The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland then you see the descent of
Marie de Guise-Lorraine from the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, i.e.
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