Great Britain: The King's Word

The Nazi Duke of Coburg made several visits during the mid-1930s to his second cousin, Britain's new King Edward VIII. Once, the royal cousins chatted "with pipe at the fireside" in Windsor Castle, another time at tea in Buckingham Palace with Mary, the Queen Mother.

The talks roused little interest at the time, and were soon overshadowed by the melodrama of Edward's abdication in order to marry "the woman I love''—the twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Warfield Simpson. Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, growing paler and frailer with the passage of years, have drifted from Portugal to...

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