Churchill “behaved like Oscar Wilde” cavorting as a young army officer with other men, Higson claimed.
But Churchill’s mum apparently stepped in to ensure that he abided by the standards of the time.
It was then illegal to be homsexual and Britain’s World War Two prime minister could have faced charges.
Higson, speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, said: “He married Clemmie but there is a possibility that he might have been homosexual.
“In his early 20s he was accused of behaving like Oscar Wilde with some cavalry officers but his mother managed to help him get the case quelled”
“In his early 20s he was accused of behaving like Oscar Wilde with some cavalry officers but his mother managed to help him get the case quelled.”
Higson is one of the main writers and personalities on the BBC programme The Fast Show.
He said Churchill enjoyed musical hall entertainment and drinking cocktails as a young man.
Churchill, then a glamorous society figure, was admitted to Sandhurst in 1893.
Higson continued: “He liked many of the aspects of army life, he liked horse riding, he loved playing polo and worked very hard at Sandhurst and was one of the top 10graduates from there in his year.”
Churchill wanted to impress his father Lord Randolph, a leading politician, but he died before his son left the military academy.
Lord Randolph died aged just 45 having had a career that included positions as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons.
Higson said: “I think Winston spent the rest of his life trying to impress his dead father and prove that he could make something of himself and was someone worthy to carry the Churchill name.”
Churchill went on to became a heroic British figure as he rallied the country to stand up to Hitler’s Nazi’s and win WW2.