‘Sir Winston Churchill tried to suppress secret Second World War documents detailing a Nazi plot to offer the throne to the Duke of Windsor in the event of Britain’s defeat, newly released secret files disclose.
The Prime Minister personally urged the French and US leaders to block publication of the captured German telegrams after the war, fearing they would “give pain to the Duke”.
While he dismissed the documents as “German intrigues”, he feared they might cast doubt on the Duke’s loyalty.
Details of Sir Winston’s fears are disclosed on Thursday with the publication of previously top secret files at the National Archives in Kew.
The telegrams between Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi Germany’s foreign minister, and his ambassadors in Madrid and Lisbon over the summer of 1940 had been captured in Germany at the close of the war and kept secret.’