The two women were Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon – nieces of the Queen Mother and first cousins to the Queen – who had been incarcerated since 1941 in the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Mental Defectives, at Redhill in Surrey.
Child of Haji Mohammed Waziruddin stationed with the Central India Horse a British cavalry regiment & servant of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Hafiz Mohammed Abdul Karim (1863–1909) was talked to by Sir James Reid: ‘By your presumption & arrogance you have created a situation that can no longer be permitted to exist,’ he thundered. ‘You are an impostor. You are from a low class & never can be a gentleman.’ Victoria was livid. ‘To make out the Munshi is low is really outrageous,’ she said.