Lord Lothian to Franklin D. Roosevelt (July, 1940)

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The position of the Duke of Windsor on the Continent in recent months has been causing His Majesty and His Majesty's Government some embarrassment as, though his loyalties are unimpeachable, there is always a backwash of Nazi intrigue which seeks now that the greater part of the Continent is in enemy hands to make trouble about him. There are personal and family difficulties about his return to this country.

In all the circumstances it was felt that an appointment abroad might appeal to him and the Prime Minister has with His Majesty's cordial approval offered him the Governorship of the Bahamas. His Royal Highness has intimated that he will accept the appointment.

The Prime Minister wished the President to have the earliest possible advance information of this decision which has only just been arrived at.

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