Windsor Broadcast - 1939 - NY Daily Mess
WINDSOR WAITS REACTION TO PEACE APPEAL VERDUN, Prance iff",--The Duke of Windsor was represented today as eager to ascertain the reaction \voiid capitals to his broadcast urging steps to save peace "before too late." Associates said the Duke was "delighted" with the broadcast. They insisted it was not a venture political activity and said the brother. King George of England, lincl approved it . V l . The Duke now-was-- concerned one informant stated, with s?eing whether his plea would have any eftect. (The British Broadcasting Company did not relay the broadcast broadcast through the empire, but it carried by London newspapers, of which expressed the view it was Â·Â·untimely" with King George at en route to Canada and the States). The Duke made his address night after concluding a tour of World war battle sectors, avowing that he spoke "simply as a soldier of the last war." He urged "all political leaders" i.o rise above "purely national interests" to negotiate by "mutual concessions in which conflicting claims an be adjusted." It was his first broadcast since Dec. 11. 1936, when he bade to England, having yielded the crown to George VI in order to the American-born Wallis Warfield. "The grave anxieties of the'time in which we live compels me to my voice in expression of the universal longing to be delivered the fears that beset us, and to return to normal conditions." the Duke said. "Concrete proposals." he declared, "must be left to those who have power to guide their nations closer understanding." But he did suggest an end to "harmful propaganda" and deplored "use of such terms as 'encirclement' rnd 'aggression.'"