After the Second World War, war crime prosecutors charged two of King George VI's closest German relatives, Duke Charles Edward of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Prince Philipp of Hesse, with 'crimes against humanity'. American soldiers discovered top-secret documents at Marburg Castle, exposing treacherous family double-dealing inside the Royal Family. The King's two brothers - the Duke of Windsor and the Duke of Kent - had flirted dangerously with the Nazi regime in duplicitous games of secret diplomacy.
At the same time, Adolf Hitler had attempted to exploit the British Royal Family's German cousins to help him secure a peace deal with Britain. When the British Royal Family gathered together for Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Philip Mountbatten in 1947, three of Philip's sisters were banned from Westminster Abbey because their husbands were senior Nazi officers. To avert a potential public relations catastrophe, the King hid incriminating papers and whitewashed history with Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt's help.
Tea with Hitler is an epic tale of duty, courage, wilful blindness and criminality. Revelations include the tragic fate of a Saxe-Coburg princess murdered as part of the Nazi euthanasia programme, and the story of Queen Victoria's Jewish great-grand-daughter, rescued by her British relatives.
Author(s): Dean Palmer
First Publishment Date: 15 April 2021