Edward VIII made a fairy tale come true. He abdicated the British throne because of love.
Edward was the eldest son of King George V. The prince was popular in the kingdom as he charming. However, his parents were upset that he didn’t want to get married.
He socialized with the fashionable London society of the day. Edward would rather play golf and visit parties. At one of the parties in 1931, he met Mrs. Simpson. Wallis Simpson was born in America. She was married and it was her second marriage.
They didn’t fall in love immediately. Although the Prince found her sympathetic and witty But quite soon they had become close friends and Prince Edward deeply fell in love with her.
King George V suddenly died on January 20th, 1936. Upon King George V's death, Prince Edward became King Edward VIII. After that Mrs. Wallis Simpson filed for divorce with her second husband. Edward wanted to marry her but his intention provoked a scandal in society.
An America woman couldn’t become the queen. Furthermore, the Church of England prohibited divorces and she was divorced twice. The love affair becomes sensational newspaper headlines around the world and created a storm of controversy.
Their relationship provoked a lot of rumors. Some people accused Mrs. Simpson of seducing the Prince. Some rumors named her a Nazi spy and hint at her numerous lovers.
The idea of his marriage met a huge opposition in Parliament. Ministers threatened to resign. Edward insisted that he couldn’t be a king without her so he decided to abdicate on December 11th, 1936.
Edward VIII said, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love”.
It was the first time when a British monarch abdicated the throne on his own will. Edward’s younger brother, George VI(Albert) took the throne.
Wallis and Edward got married on June 7th, 1937 and then they moved to France and after his marriage his relationship with the royal family members was cold.
Edward died in Paris in 1972 but was buried at Frogmore, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. In 1986, Wallis died and was buried at his side.
Nowadays rules for the royal family are not that strict and marriage with an American-born woman is not a scandal anymore.