Contributed by Joe Montero
I for one, will not be mourning the passing of Prince Phillip. Not just because he was a member of a relic called the royal Family. A relic that should have been consigned to history a long time ago. More so because he was an obnoxious person.
This contrasts with the makeover being presented. In this, he was a humanitarian, deeply concerned about people, human rights, and the environment.
The other person, the real one, was the man who in his youth, paraded in Germany with the Nazis.
Born in Greece and into the Greek and Danish royal families. After his mother was institutionalised and father went off Monaco with his mistress, 13year-old Phillip found himself in England under the care of the Mountbattens. He was arranged to be the future husband of Elizabeth, who later became the Queen. At 18 he joined the navy. The former heir to the Greek throne had been turned British.
The rest of the family ended up in Germany, where most became active Nazis. All the future Duke of Edinburgh’s sisters married high ranking officials of the Third Reich
Prince Philip’s Nazi Past
Video from Professor Digory Kirke
They weren’t alone. The British In October 1937 Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who also took Phillip under their wing, visited Hitler at his holiday retreat in October 1937, where, according to biographer Frances Donaldson, he greeted the Fuhrer with a Nazi salute. The Duke was to become the King Edward, who later abdicated.
After abdicating the British throne Edward was greeted by Adolf Hitler in Germany
The two families closest to the young Philip were part of the pro-Nazi British fifth column.
According to the Windsor File, part of the tranche of documents from Marburg Castle, which came into the hands of the Americans at the end of the Second World War, some 60 documents revealed Windsor involvement in Nazi plans.
Two great-grandsons of Queen Victoria, Philipp, and Christoph Hess joined and became senior officers in the SS. Christoph married the future Duke of Edinburgh’s sister Sophia. This was revealed in secret documents taken out of Germany in 1945 by British spy Anthony Blunt.
Nazi sympathies run deep within royalty. The Second World War made this rather awkward, and the fact had to be hidden from public view. History was carefully made over, and Phillip was presented as something else. He even became a patron of Jewish events and friend of Israel.
Phillip’s sister Sophia at the table with and opposite Adolf Hitler at Herman Goering’s wedding
There is no evidence that Philip’s Nazi sympathies diminished. At 84, he explained the attraction of the Nazis to Jonathan Petropoulos, author of The royals and the Reich.
“There was a great improvement in things like trains running on time and building. There was a sense of hope after the depressing chaos of the Weimar Republic.
“I can understand people latching on to something or somebody who appeared to be appealing to their patriotism and trying to get things going. You can understand how attractive it was.”
He added, there was ‘a lot of enthusiasm for the Nazis at the time, the economy was good, we were anti-Communist…’
The Prince frequently made comments that exhibited his racism. The older they got, the more frequently they came. This was passed off as his sense of humour. His targets found nothing funny in it.
Here are two examples. When in Australia he asked if the indigenous people ‘still throw spears at each other’. In 1986, while on a visit to China, he told British students: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”
When British tabloid The Sun published on 15 July 2015 photos of the Queen, the Queen Mother and the future King Edward VIII giving Nazi salutes in 1933, it caused a momentary sensation and was then skilfully managed out of public attention.
A family born into incredible privilege, bred with a sense of entitlement, seeing themselves above normal human beings, is bound to turn up a distorted and destructive view of the world. This feudal anachronism has no place in the modern world and deserves to be consigned to history.
The British don’t need the Royal Family, and Australia needs it even less.
Phillip’s passing is not sad. It is a relief.