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Spying on the RoyalsSpying on the Royals

Spying on the RoyalsSpying on the RoyalsEpisode #101

In 1935, suspecting that Edward was being blackmailed, King George V ordered his son to be put under surveillance. In 1936, the Home Office ordered MI5 to listen into the future king's phone calls.

Spying on the RoyalsSpying on the Royals
Spying on the RoyalsSpying on the RoyalsEpisode #102

After his abdication, Edward and Wallis Simpson vacation in America, unaware that they are being tailed by U.S. intelligence agents. The outbreak of war and dealings with a Nazi collaborator in Lisbon raise concerns for MI5, the U.K.'s domestic counter intelligence unit and security agency.

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SPYING ON THE ROYALS is a riveting two-part documentary that shows a rarely explored side to the infamous romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Unbeknownst to the couple, intelligence agencies were tracking their phone calls and recording their conversations, and the revealed dialogues would become part of great modern controversy. Sharing the secret files of those who spied on Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson and a king-to-be in their own words from the time, as well as eyewitnesses still living today, SPYING ON THE ROYALS looks at what may be the most contentious instance of surveillance in British history.