Northampton author makes controversial claim Prince George was involved in plan to de-seat Churchill
Prince George was the central figure in a failed conspiracy to oust Winston Churchill during World War Two, claims a Northampton author in a controversial new book.
Chartered accountant John Harris has written five books on the life of Hitler’s right hand man Rudolph Hess, who famously flew solo to England in 1941 in an apparent attempt to broker a peace treaty between England and Germany.
But in his latest work Mr Harris and co-author Richard Wilbourn say they now believe Hess may have been involved in an a royal plan to unseat then Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
In a new book, Rudolph Hess: Treachery and Deception, they claim Prince George, the Duke of Kent, was the central figure in a plan to persuade his older brother King George to use his royal “reserve” to remove Churchill, paving the way for England and Germany to form an alliance against soviet Russia.
Mr Harris said: “Having scrutinised all probably theories we concluded that either the Hess Flight was an elaborate lure by the British to buy time against Hitler, or it was a genuine attempt by a small group of aristocratic conspirators to stage a coup.
“In light of our research and recent discoveries we have made, we now believe that it was, in fact, a coup attempt centred around Prince George.”
The book claims Hess was invited by aristocrats working in conjunction with a small secretive group within MI6.
Prince George, who was “well connected” in aristocratic circles they claim, may have been instrumental in the plan, which they also say had the full backing of Hitler.
“A pact with Nazi Germany would have seemed attractive at the time,” Mr Harris said.
“Night after night they watched bombs fall on their cities.
“They thought they were going to be invaded anytime soon. What bigger incentive was there to explore peace?”
Hess famously flew solo into Scotland on the evening of May 10, 1941, parachuting to safety when his plane ran out of fuel, only to be captured by British forces and imprisoned in the Tower of London for the remainder of the war.
During interrogation he demanded to see nobleman Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the 14th Duke of Hamilton, who at the time was serving in the RAF and responsible for the aerial defence of parts of Southern Scotland.
Hess claimed to have come to the UK to broker a peace treaty between Nazi Germany and Britain, but seemed to be acting alone, with Hitler publicly denouncing him as deranged and a traitor.
But Mr Harris says he, and many historians, feel the story does not add up.
The book is a culmination of 25 years of “painstaking” research, Mr harris adds, which involved scouring European archives and poring through more than 10,000 historical documents.
They say their latest book is the closest anyone has come to a definitive answer to which Hess made the flight in 1941.
The book is available in hardback now, priced £25.