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In a letter to de Courcy written in 1946, the Duke refers to ''the subject we discussed in Paris''. He adds that he and the Duchess want to ''plan for the future in the most constructive and convenient way''. The Duchess, who as a divorcee had forced the abdication crisis when she won the King's heart, was in on the scheming. In a note to de Courcy written later in 1946, she said: ''… There's no doubt that something must be done … Anyway I can't sit by and see the Duke of Windsor wasted.'' Just weeks after the ailing George VI underwent a major operation in 1949