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Wallis and Edward
Why Edward VIII Abdicated the Throne to Marry Wallis Simpson
By Pamela Gwyn Kripke. Constitutionally, nothing could prevent Edward from marrying Wallis, but he realized that doing so would set off a crisis, as members of government would resign. In November , he asked the prime minister if there was a way he could remain king, suggesting a morganatic marriage in which Wallis would not be named queen. The request was turned down. A few weeks later, at 42, Edward gave up the throne to be with Wallis, who was 40 and still married.
Who Was Edward VIII?
Wallis grew up in Baltimore , Maryland. Her father died shortly after her birth and she and her widowed mother were partly supported by their wealthier relatives. Her first marriage, to U.
Edward was created Prince of Wales on his sixteenth birthday, nine weeks after the succession of his father as king. As a young man, he served in the British Army during the First World War and undertook several overseas tours on behalf of his father. Edward became king on his father's death. However, he showed impatience with court protocol, and caused concern among politicians by his apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing to Wallis Simpson , an American who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second.
In the s, how would a middle-class Baltimore divorcee become romantically involved with the man who would be King of England? It always comes down to who you know. And Wallis Simpson knew how to climb the social ladder very effectively. She started at a young age. While at school, she befriended a member of the Du Pont family.