King Edward VIII opted to abdicate because his father’s treatment of him had made him a ‘rebel’ who did not have the ‘self-discipline’ to be king, a historian has claimed.
Edward caused one of the biggest crises in the history of the monarchy when he abdicated in 1936 after less than a year on the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin had insisted along with the rest of the Establishment that Edward would have to first give up his position before he could tie the knot with Wallis.
Within months of renouncing his title, he and Wallis married in France. He said years later in his ghost-written autobiography that ‘love had triumphed over politics’ as a result of him seeing out his desire.
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