Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naïve dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.
Traitor King reveals the true story behind the German attempts to recruit the Duke as a British Pétain; the efforts, by Churchill in particular, to cover this up; the reasons why the Duke, as Governor of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation into the murder of a close friend, and shines light on the relationship between the Duke and Wallis, revealing it to be far from the love story it is often assumed to be.
Lownie’s previous book with Bonnier Books UK, The Mountbattens, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Waterstones Book of the Year.
Matt Phillips said: ‘Andrew Lownie’s book is an intimate portrait of this powerful couple at odds with the monarchy – it’s a story of love, treachery, murder, cover-ups, vanity, sex and infidelity. The recent explosive revelations surrounding Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle have many uncanny parallels with the Windsors’ story from almost a century ago. It’s the perfect moment to be re-exploring this particular part of our national history as it throws further understanding on the themes of freedom and duty, love and family.”
Andrew Lownie said: ‘Few books tell the story of what happened to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, after they supposedly walked into the sunset, even though Edward had another 36 years to live and his wife 50. It is a game of two halves and often assumed that all the drama was in the first. Traitor King focuses on the years following the Abdication, which are arguably the more dramatic.’’
Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor In Exile (Blink Publishing) will publish on 19th August in hardback, ebook and audio.