[Post by Mary]
“I sometimes wonder if Edward VIII felt any guilt over George VI’s early death.” — Submitted by Anonymous
People will always blame the Duke of Windsor for Bertie’ death because when he came to the throne his stress level went up, as did the amount he smoked, which eventually took it’s toll and contributed to the taking of his life so early.
Did David feel guilty? I’m sure he did, a little bit, but it really wasn’t his fault, Bertie dealt with his stress - though God knows I adore the man - in an unhealthy way and sadly he lost his life for it.
Princess Elizabeth with her uncle, Edward VIII
Royals I love: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (♥)
But you must believe me when I tell you that 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. - The Duke of Windsor during his abdication speech.
After the urgings of my friend and history course buddy, I’ve been reading up on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII and on their tags I see all the time that they ‘didn’t love each other’, ‘they were using each other’ etc.. and now, even at the start of my research, I sit here and wonder how can people say that? They were so obviously in love.
Thanksgiving Service for King George V after twentyfive years’ reign after Francis Owen (‘Frank’) Salisbury, (circa 1935)
Two brothers, two marriages and one constitutional crisis that changed the fate of the monarchy forever.