OT: Happy Canada Day

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Fri Jul 9 21:58:44 EDT 2010

From: Graydon
> On Mon, Jul 05, 2010 at 07:03:36PM -0400, John Sessoms scripsit:
>> > From: "P. J. Alling"
>>> > >On 7/4/2010 6:09 PM, Bob W wrote:
>>>>> > >>> What matters is that he should stop interfering in matters that don't
>>>>> > >>> concern him.
>> > 
>>> > >What counted against him was that he was suspected of being a
>>> > >Nazi/German sympathizer, all else was a convenient excuse.
>> > 
>> > That was Edward VIII and I don't think he was seen as a Nazi
>> > sympathizer at the time he abdicated. That came later.
> As I recall, what came out when the 50 year hold period on cabinet
> archives expired was that they knew there was a leak near the king,
> suspected a mistress, bugged the bedroom, and found out that the leak to
> the Nazis was the king.
> There was a discussion about how to deal with it that included utilizing
> the precedent of Headless Chuck; it was decided that abdication worked
> better.  And then they stuck him in some Caribbean location through
> WWII, because he didn't quite take the hint.

I believe that incident took place after he had abdicated.

He wasn't so much pro-Nazi as he was irked at the British government for 
their treatment of his wife ... denying her any claim to peerage. He was 
"His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor", while she was merely "The 
Duchess of Windsor".

He was a supporter of the policies of appeasement because of his 
experience in the first World War, but I don't think an actual Nazi 
sympathizer. Most of the "evidence" for his being pro-Nazi comes from 
Nazi propaganda. I don't know how reliable that would really be. They 
thought they could use him because of his estrangement from his family & 
his anger at the British government for what he perceived as their 
mistreatment of his wife.

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