Duke of Windsor wanted ‘closest cooperation’ with Hitler’s Germany, letter claims

Edward VIII was king for less than a year before he abdicated in December 1936.

In 1937, just two years before World War II, he and his American wife, Wallis Simpson, toured Nazi Germany.

The Nazis rolled out the red carpet for the royal couple and the itinerary included a private meeting with Hitler at his Berchtesgaden bunker.

The Duke of Windsor declared the Nazi economic model a “miracle” and was infamously depicted saluting the Nazis on the flight.

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His connections to the Nazi High Command are detailed in the top-secret Marburg Files, which were signed by Ribbentrop, who was famously discovered in Germany by American soldiers at the end of the war in the second season of the Netflix hit series, The Crown.

In the show, Edward attempts to return to public life in England from France, but is rejected by Queen Elizabeth, who reprimands him for his “betrayal”.

During the war, Edward was initially stationed in France, but after its fall, he was appointed Governor of the Bahamas.

After the war, Ribbentrop was found guilty of crimes against peace, plotting a war of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Allied International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg.

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His ruling stated that he had “actively participated” in planning the invasions of Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland and the “Final Solution,” the Nazi term for the organized killing of Jews.

As early as 1942 he had ordered German diplomats in the Axis powers to expedite the process of sending Jews to death camps in the East.

At trial, Ribbentrop repeatedly argued that Hitler had made all the major decisions and that he had been “deceived” by the Führer’s claims that he “only wanted peace”.

On October 16, 1946, Ribbentrop became the first of those sentenced to death by hanging in Nuremberg, after Hermann Göring committed suicide.

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