A leak hunt for the source of an historic video depicting a young Queen and her family making a Nazi salute has pointed to its inadvertent release by Palace’s own officials.
According to The Telegraph an unedited copy of the controversial footage may have been released to documentary film-makers by accident following the publication of an edited version of the same clip last year, when it appeared in a Royal exhibition.
If true the news will be deeply embarrassing for the Palace, which has been highly critical of The Sun newspaper for breaking the story last week and is currently undertaking an urgent investigation to identify the source of the leak.
The previously unseen private film was amongst a number to be shown at an exhibition called Royal Childhood, which is believed to have sparked a flurry of interest in the Palace’s archive of historic footage.
It depicts a six-year old Princess Elizabeth playing with her younger sister and dancing alongside the future Edward VIII, a well -known Nazi sympathiser, although the footage was shot in 1933 – long before the full nature of the Nazi regime became apparent.