Day 6

Hitler's plans to make Edward a puppet king

In "17 Carnations", Andrew Morton reveals Edward's dalliances with the Third Reich after abdicating England's throne.
The cover of Andrew Morton's new book "17 Carnations: The Royals, The Nazis and the Biggest Cover-up in History." (Hachette Book Group)

Edward Windsor abdicated the British throne as the imperial ambitions of the Nazis rose across Europe. To Hitler, the one-time King looked to be a very valuable pawn. And, according to Andrew Morton's new book, "17 Carnations," the Nazis might have seemed to be a way back to the throne for Edward. "The Germans had this scheme to bring him in as a puppet king," Morton told Day 6. "And the signs from Edward gave them enormous encouragement." We have one signed copy of "17 Carnations" to give away. For your chance to win, email us at with the subject line "Operation Willi." Be sure to include your mailing address.