23rd September 1975: The Duchess of Windsor (nee Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896 - 1986), dining with friends at the Paris nightclub Maxim\'s

23rd September 1975: The Duchess of Windsor (nee Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896 - 1986), dining with friends at the Paris nightclub Maxim'sPhoto by Central Press/Getty Images

The daughter of the late Lord Mountbatten has revealed in a new podcast how her father struggled to recover family heirlooms from Wallis Simpson after they were taken by Edward VIII after he abdicated the throne to marry the American divorcee.

Pamela Hicks, Mountbatten's daughter and Prince Philip's cousin, was speaking on a podcast launched by her daughter India Hicks, and claims that her father Louis, who died in 1979, "battled endlessly to get Wallis to return the family treasures".

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Lord Mountbatten was uncle to Prince Philip, and the second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, whose father George VI took over the throne when Edward abdicated. Pamela is great-great-grandchild to the late Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

According to Pamela, when Edward, the Duke of Windsor went into exile in France following hid abdication he took with him several family possessions, including 'beautiful jewelled boxes'. 

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7th June 1948: Lord Louis Mountbatten (1990 - 1979), 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India and overseer of the partition of India into India and Pakistan. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

7th June 1948: Lord Louis Mountbatten (1990 - 1979), 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India and overseer of the partition of India into India and Pakistan. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Speaking on the podcast, Pamela said: "When the Duke of Windsor abdicated and went into exile, he took as his private possessions some beautiful jewelled boxes that were his father's and grandfather's. He shouldn't have grabbed those, they had become stage things. 

"My father battled endlessly to try to get Wallis to hand those back, but never succeeded, as by that time she had descended into dementia and had a terrible lawyer who ruled her life."

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