When the Duke and Duchess of Windsor sailed into Palm Beach, Florida, on the SS Berkshire from Nassau on April 18, 1941, they were looking forward to enjoying three days of relaxation, golf, drinking and gossiping with American high society.But unbeknown to this infamous couple, the night before the ship docked, President Roosevelt had instructed FBI chief J Edgar Hoover to launch what was to be an extraordinary covert intelligence exercise that had to fool both the exiled royals and the US secret service agents guarding them.
A tale of treachery, corruption and depravity at the heart of the British monarchy.
The final FBI report, recently released under the US Freedom of Information Act, running to 227 pages, reveals that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor harboured pro-Nazi sympathiesand that Edward was lined up to go back to the throne as a Nazi puppet if Hitler defeated Britain.
There has long been a great deal of speculation about the Windsors and their political views, which has always been vehemently denied by the ex-King, the establishment and Philip Ziegler, the official biographer. But it’s not just this FBI report that is so damning.Recently a number of key documents have been released as well as British military intelligence reports and, crucially, the sensational publication of the diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles, the Duke’s private secretary.
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