Can a family be cursed? It is hard not to harbour such thoughts in light of the revelations surrounding the Queen’s cousin Simon Bowes-Lyon. Perhaps cursed is too strong a word. But down the decades the Bowes-Lyons have been dogged by scandal and intrigue. We learnt yesterday that the 19th and 6th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, to give him his full title, is facing prison for sexually assaulting a guest at Glamis Castle, his ancestral home in Scotland which has been the family seat since the 14th century. His great-great aunt, the Queen Mother, spent her childhood in the castle. Princess Margaret was born there and photographs of the royals adorn the walls.