Revealed: Full extent of Lord Mountbatten's role in '68 plot against Harold Wilson

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Queen And Earl Mountbatten
Queen Elizabeth II chats with Lord Louis Mountbatten at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, in 1975, eight years after the plot to topple Harold Wilson Credit:  Tim Graham/ Getty Images

Lord Mountbatten came dangerously close to leading a cabal of industrialists, generals and tycoons plotting a coup against an elected Labour government, a new book reveals.

The 1968 plot was designed to replace Prime Minister Harold Wilson with a coalition government to bring the country together, during what Mountbatten and the conspirators regarded as a time of national crisis.

According to a new biography of Mountbatten, Prince Charles’s great uncle and mentor, it took the intervention of the Queen to persuade him to cut his ties with the plotters rather than acting against Wilson, his Cabinet and Parliament.

Drawing on contemporary diaries of the period, historian Andrew Lownie reveals for...

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