Profumo affair , in British history, political and intelligence scandal in the early s that helped topple the Conservative Party government of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Involving sex, a Russian spy, and the secretary of state for war, the scandal captured the attention of the British public and discredited the government. At a party at the country estate of Lord Astor on July 8, , British Secretary of State for War John Profumo , then a rising year-old Conservative Party politician, was introduced to year-old London dancer Christine Keeler by Stephen Ward, an osteopath with contacts in both the aristocracy and the underworld. Prime Minister Macmillan continued in office until October, but the scandal was pivotal in his eventual downfall, and within a year the opposition Labour Party defeated the Conservatives in a national election.
Profumo: a scandal that keeps giving, even after 50 years
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It was one of the 20th century's biggest political scandals on the other side of the pond, but many Americans have never heard of the infamous Profumo Affair. The Crown , however, is doing its part to remedy that—first by showing the Affair's fallout at the end of season two , and in season three , having the Queen's art curator, Anthony Blunt , blackmail Prince Philip with some related artworks. Here's what you should know about the Profumo Affair, and how Prince Philip is tangentially connected to it. Profumo had a five-month affair with Christine Keeler , a sex worker and sometimes model, in Although, according to MI5 documents declassified in , Profumo had a somewhat unfortunate taste in women.
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On June 5, , British Secretary of War John Profumo resigns his post following revelations that he had lied to the House of Commons about his sexual affair with Christine Keeler, an alleged prostitute. John Dennis Profumo was appointed secretary of war by Macmillan in As war minister, he was in charge of overseeing the British army.