London - (Associated Mess): Controversial former Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson is claiming to be the illegitimate issue spawned by Princess Margaret and Ronald Reagan and is going to the High Court this week to stake is claim to Privy Purse entitlements under the Civil List.
Documents filed at the Royal Courts of Justice claim that his birth was shrouded under the guise of the Townsend controversy of the 1950s when Margaret was whisked off to a mother and baby home to give birth to her secret love child.
The constitutional implications of such as scenario have yet to be tested in a court of law but Mandelson believes he has a right to see his alleged mother's last will and testicle in order to prove his regal lineage connections.
But so much UK Cold War history is still shrouded under the Official Secrets act that Mandelson, 53, may have a few problems.
"Just one in the latest long line of bastards spinning out their luck", commented a RCJ spokesman today...