Prince Charles wrote a “sympathetic” letter in support of Anthony Blunt after being exposed as a Russian spy, a new book said.
After Mrs Thatcher revealed his betrayal in parliament and stripped his Knights in 1979, Brandt, a leading art historian and former Queen’s photo investigator, was publicly ridiculed, the so-called “palace traitor.” Was called.
Brant was a member of the Cambridge Five. The Cambridge Five has been working in the Soviet Union since the 1930s, causing enormous damage to British intelligence and killing many agents spying on Britain throughout Eastern Europe.
After his own recruitment, Brandt is said to have become a “talented spotter” to identify and recruit other Moscow spies. He confessed to his spy in 1964 after being offered an exemption from prosecution.
His exposure led to his widespread accusations, including being cracked down on the street.
Nevertheless, Prince Charles wrote to Brandt in 1979, “supporting, sympathetic, and regrettable,” according to a new book. Love and Deception: Beirut Philby By author James Hanning.
A book published this week suggests fellow spy Kim Philby, who Brandt warned that while he was in Beirut, he was about to be faced with intelligence agents with fresh evidence that he was a Russian spy. ..
Philby began what appeared to be a “surprise” encounter by mischievously provoking British agent Nicholas Elliott, who asked him in Beirut in 1962.
In short, as Peter Wright of sister organization MI5 wrote, “There was no doubt in the hearts of anyone who heard the tape that Philby had arrived in a safe and ready home.”
Immediately after Philby fled to Russia. Brant also helped fellow spy Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee from England to Russia in 1951.
Hanning writes: The problem has been hidden for 15 years.
“In the early days, the Queen’s mother, whose politics was the subject of speculation, was seen in an opera with him. This is the Kremlin of the living people, who he is still a persona grata. It’s a sign of the wind. “
Hanning says Prince Charles, apparently unaware of Brandt’s betrayal, wrote him a personal letter in the middle of the scandal. he.
The book states that Brandt was encouraged to receive a supportive letter from the prince. “Anthony was weeping while reading the letter,” recalled Brian Sewell. He said the letter was supportive, sympathetic, and regrettable. “Anthony listened to the voice,” Seawell said.
The exposure of Prince Charles’ support for Brandt will once again question the judgment of heir apparents. Charles faced criticism for his support for the shameful pedophile Bishop Peter Ball.
Ball, a former bishop of Lewis and Gloucester, who died in 2019, took on the role of “royal adviser” and used his “friendship” with the prince to seduce young victims.
The former bishop was investigated by police in the early 1990s, causing police attention. In 2015, he was convicted of sexually assaulting 17 teenagers and young men and was imprisoned for 32 months.
Later, there was an inquiry that Prince Charles wrote to Ball in February 1995, two years after the bishop accepted police attention. I feel very strongly and strongly about the huge mistakes you made and the way you were treated. “
Charles later arranged for the Duchess of Cornwall to buy a house for Ball and his identical twin Michael (also a bishop) to rent.
The prince said in a statement to the investigation that he had been fooled for a long time “about the essence” of Ball’s activities, but denied trying to influence the outcome of the police investigation.
Brandt, who died in 1983, later expressed regret for his espionage, claiming he was politically naive and calling it “the greatest mistake of my life.”
His critics dismissed his claim of regret as “shallow.”
Fans of the acclaimed television series The Crown have glimpsed insights into the complex relationships Brandt enjoyed with the royal family.
Brandt, played by Samuel West, depicts Prince Phillip being beaten for betraying his country. Brandt then threatens to publish evidence of the relationship between Duke and the Profumo affair as Duke crosses him.
The claim that Brant dominates the royal family and knowing their “guilty secrets” cannot dismiss him is a disastrous proposal, but historians are convincing between Prince Phillip and the Profumo affair. I haven’t revealed a certain connection yet.
The scandal triggered the resignation of former Defense Minister John Profumo after publicly revealing the relationship between former model Christine Keeler and socialist Stephen Ward.
Ward was a friend of a Russian diplomat and was later alleged that both men used the relationship between Keeler and Plovmo to learn military secrets from him.
However, after the war, Brandt performed at least one delicate mission in Germany on behalf of Queen’s father, George VI.
Former German-speaking intelligence officer Brandt worked part-time at the Royal Library. He went to Germany and collected nearly 4,000 letters from Queen Victoria to Empress Victoria, the mother of her daughter Kaiser Wilhelm.
It is suggested that some of the letters Brant searched for contained documents revealing the sympathy of the prewar Nazi British royal family.
He is said to have been well-liked by the royal family because of his excellent manners and discretion. According to Brant’s biographer and historian Miranda Carter, he made other trips to Germany primarily “to regain the royal treasures that the crown did not automatically have rights to.”
They included a 12th-century manuscript and a diamond crown of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.