The story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s (suspected) involvement with the Nazis has been told time and time again. True, they went on a ‘state visit’ to Germany in 1937, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea, but there is little hard evidence for actual treason. Nevertheless, the rumours have continued to haunt them, and it is no surprise that they ended up on the cover of this book with the catchy title, “Tea with Hitler: The Secret History of the Royal Family and the Third Reich.”
Most of “Tea with Hitler” focuses on the former German royals and their roles before, during and after the Second World War. When the British do come into play, it’s mostly about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the events later unearthed in the Marburg files. Whether or not you believe all that was said there, there does not appear to be any new information here, nor anything that is/was a secret. Also, I counted ten mistakes in the first part of the book alone.
Time for something positive? Sure. I liked the way the book was sort of set up in diary-form to allow for jumping between times, countries and events. I think this book will speak to those who are not that familiar with the subjects and will hopefully inspire them to read even more about it.