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Why is the Royal family so bothered by its own archives?

20 July 2015

12:00 PM

20 July 2015

12:00 PM

I should declare an interest – because I work for the Sun. But even so, I cannot quite see what the Royal family’s objections are. It does no harm to remind the nation that Edward VIII had a sort of juvenile admiration for Hitler and that the Windsors are, in general, to the right of a fish-knife. I found the photographs historically fascinating. Nobody, surely, would blame Liz at the age of six or seven for joining in the Nazi salute urged on her by the future King.

One of my own sons, when he was the same age, once asked me about the Nazis. So I told him, and I explained about the Holocaust and how Hitler and his cronies had attempted to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, Communists and homosexuals. He looked at me wide-eyed and shaken and said: ‘That’s horrible. Except for the homosexuals.’ So we had to have another little talk. Too young to understand, y’see.


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