A historic home video from the UK royal family has been leaked, showing members including the queen doing the Nazi salute. It is a grainy black and white family home video from the 1930s. In it, a man and a woman, with two young children are seen playing and then doing the Nazi salute. The woman is the future queen mother, the girl is the future queen Elizabeth, and the man is her uncle who would shortly afterwards become King Edward VIII.
The video was published by The Sun newspaper that reports “while there is clearly no suggestion that the queen or queen mother were ever Nazi sympathizers, Edward’s links with Hitler and fascism are very well documented.” Then Prince Edward and later King Edward VIII, the monarch was a Nazi sympathizer and remained pro-Nazi even after war broke out. He once gave the Nazi salute to Hitler and claimed he was “not a bad chap.”
Experts have called the footage “remarkable”, “shocking” and “historic”. But the British royal family has expressed disappointment that the newspaper has decided to publish the leaked video clip. Royal sources say there will be an urgent investigation how this 20 second clip of a longer video has made its way into the public domain.
Speaking to the state-run BBC, a royal source said, "Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time. This is a family playing and momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary news reels.”