Son of Captain Walter Strickland Lord and Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, Michael Edward Lord was born on 22 July 1942. In 1946 by deed poll his surname was changed to Abney-Hastings. Educated at Ampleforth, he moved to Australia where in 1969 he married Noeleen Margaret McCormick and they have five children. Succeeding his mother, he became 14th Earl of Loudoun, Lord Campbell of Loudoun and Lord Tarrinzean and Mauchline.
On 23 May 2004 on Australian TV appeared a program called 'Britain's Real Monarch'. It was advertised with 'Tony Robinson was shown evidence that suggests the royal line was tainted by the illegitimacy of Edward IV', but if there is 'evidence' then it proves, not suggests.
The crown of any king is not a God given right, which immediately excludes Michael Hastings, Earl of Loudon, living in Australia. The English crown has been passed on, several times, by conquest. Begin with William the Conqueror, which explains his nickname. The next one to gain the crown by conquest was Henry IV.
How did Edward IV obtain his crown? Did he succeed his dearly lamented father, the previous king? No, he did not, he obtained the crown, twice, by conquest. This alone should have stopped the people from making such statements in their TV program. They want to exclude Edward IV because he was supposedly illegitimate. Legitimate or illegitimate, he still became king by conquest.
In this program it was maintained that because Richard, Duke of York, was away from 14 July to 23 August, and Edward IV was born on 28 April the following year, there was doubt about the paternity of Edward IV. However, Edward IV was born 41 weeks from 13 July and a normal pregnancy is considered two weeks either side of 40 weeks, it is well within the time period when Richard and his wife Cecily were together.
If Richard and Cecily slept together on 13 July, that gives 18 days in July to be pregnant, add August-September-October-November etc. makes 18 days plus 31, 30, 31, 30, 31, 31, 28, 31, 28, 31, 28 days, totals 289 days, divide by 7 days for a week and we have a pregnancy of 41 weeks and 2 days.
In this program it was maintained that for being monarch they had to be of the blood line and legitimate. Then a large family tree was displayed and, trying to impress, the names of Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror and Henry II were mentioned. Did they not know that William the Conqueror was not of the House of Wessex nor a descendant of Alfred the Great? Did they not know that William in his lifetime was known as William the Bastard because he was illegitimate?
But to continue history, where did the crown go after Edward IV? Edward IV's sons were most likely murdered and the crown was usurped by Edward IV's youngest brother. But what happened then? Richard III was killed in battle and by conquest Henry VII became king. With this conquest Henry VII wiped any possible 'rights' of all contenders; wiped by violence, but wiped nevertheless.
Sadly, Michael Hastings allowed himself to be used in this program, a program appearing dishonest as the premise was so incorrect.