Correspondence kept in the Royal Archives between the British royal family and their German relatives in the run up to WWII remains confidential.
However information pieced together from open archives across 30 countries including Germany Spain and Russia – has revealed the close relationship some members of the European aristocracy had with the Nazis.
Dr Karina Urbach – senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advance Study at the University of London – has uncovered how the Duke of Windsor told Don Javier Bermejillo – his old friend and Spanish diplomat – that the British royals blamed ‘the Jews – the Reds – and the Foreign Office for the war’.
Writing for The Conversation Dr Urbach explained how Windsor told Bermejillo on 25 June 1940 that ‘if one bombed England effectively this could bring peace’.
Bermejillo concluded that the Duke of Windsor seemed very much to hope that this would occur: ‘He wants peace at any price’ wrote Dr Urbach.
She added: ‘This report went to Franco and was then passed on to the Germans. The bombing of Britain started on 10 July’.