The latest batch of Wikileaks cables have lifted the lid on persistent US attempts to extradite the British Royal family to stand trial for their role in the American War of Independence (1775-1783). Successive US governments accuse them of sponsoring terrorism by asking Americans to pay taxes and encouraging their slaves to escape.
The British government has always claimed to have stood firm, but dispatches from 1988 show that Mrs Thatcher might have been sympathetic to American requests. She is shown to have suggested that ‘some senior royals could be offered up in return for a few carriers and a nuclear sub or two.’
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading renewed calls for extradition. A source said: ‘Hillary really won’t rest until the Queen’s in jail. They haven’t got on since Bill Clinton stayed at Buckingham Palace and mysteriously ended up in her bedroom.’