Former Prince Philip Aide Charged With Child Abuse

Don’t blink or you’ll miss this tiny story in the Mailonline today.

Benjamin Herman

Born: January 01, 1934 (age 80)

Biography: Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin John Herman, LVO (born 1934), was Private Secretary to The Princess Royal 1974-1976. He was educated at Bedford School. He joined the Royal Marines in 1953, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1954, receiving a regular commission in 1955. Herman served with 40 Commando, Royal Marines, and was Military Assistant and Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant-General Royal Marines in 1964. He attended the Royal Naval Staff College in 1966. He was promoted to Major 1971. He joined the Office of the Princess Royal in 1974, having been Equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh 1971-1974. After his service in the Royal Household he returned to the Royal Marines, and did the Senior Officers War Course in 1976, and joined the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, Commando Training Centre (1976-). He was Chief Training Officer 1977-1978, and was a Lieutenant-Colonel by 1981. The Household of The Princess Royal provides the administrative support to the Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. It is based at Buckingham Palace, and is headed by the Private Secretary. The Household is separate from the Royal Household and is funded from the Civil List



A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been accused of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

Benjamin Herman, 79, is charged with three indecent assaults against the youngster, who was about 12, between 1972 and 1974.

During this time Herman served as the Philip’s equerry, or personal assistant.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Benjamin Herman, 79, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday. He is charged with three counts of indecent assault between 1972 and 1974 on a girl aged around 12.”

Daily Mail


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One response to “Former Prince Philip Aide Charged With Child Abuse

  1. dpack

    the story made it onto the bbc text news but i didnt notice it on the talking head breakfast news.
    it is quite a development towards leaving no stones unturned.
    as the cps think the police have found enough evidence to merit a prosecution case it does not inspire confidence in the vetting procedures that were applied in the past.