King Edward VIII: The Official Biography of the Man who gave up his Kingdom for Love
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The authorised life story of the king who gave up his throne for love, by one of our most distinguished biographers.
more wanton.’62 It seemed he had resolved that nothing was sacred, anything which could be turned into cash should be so sacrificed. In 1910 Edward VII had agreed that the estates of those dying intestate and heirless in the Duchy of Lancaster should be placed in a ‘Bono Vacantia’ fund; the income to be paid to the monarch, the principal retained against possible future claims. George V continued the practice. Claims were rare and by 1936 the fund amounted to �38,000. Edward VIII decided to
be forgiven for thinking that the United States should keep out of the war, it was indiscreet, as well as ill-advised, to blurt this out to the anglophile American stockbroker Frazier Jelke. ‘Sir, you are certainly not a wishful thinker,’ observed Mr Jelke. ‘No, I have always been a great realist and it is too late for America to save Democracy in Europe,’ the Duke replied. ‘She had better save it in America for herself.’92 To his intimates he was even more disastrously frank. He told Aunt Bessie
and land and oil-grabbing aims’. Surely, even the ‘ill-informed and misguided masses’ of Great Britain would now see the danger before it was too late.14 The very fact that he wrote to his brother and his mother with such frankness shows that in the last two or three years there had been something of a thaw in the relationship between the former monarch and the court. Allen wrote to report that he had been summoned by the King, who wanted to know what plans his brother had, and that he had also
Johnston, Mrs Pamela Karslake, Lord Lambton, the Earl of Leicester, H.E. Mr Leif Leifland, Viscount Monckton, Lady Murray, Viscount Norwich, Sir Patrick Reilly, Mr Kenneth Rose, Sir Michael Thomas, Mr Hugo Vickers, Lord Wigram. Many others have been prodigal of their time and hospitality and in one way or another have aided me immeasurably along my way. The list is far from comprehensive but I must mention Mr Alfred Amos, Mr Thomas Beddard, Mr Peter Begent, Mr A. D. Bowyer, Mr W. E. A.
the Prince that she had not been present when important decisions were made about his future, ‘such a pity, as first of all I ought to know and secondly it makes it more difficult for me just to hear in a cursory way from Papa’. She urged her son to write his ‘secret and intimate views’ on a separate sheet of paper, so that the King should not realize he was being kept in the dark. She evolved an elaborate plot to get the Prince back on leave for Christmas: ‘I cannot help laughing to myself at