Edward VIII: a king at war with his country

Over eight decades after Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, Stephen Bates reveals how the king's obsession with an American divorcee set him on a collision course with the government, his brother and the wider British public...

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. When Edward became king in January 1936, he was the darling of the nation. Yet when he abdicated in December 1936, few believed he was making the wrong decision. (Photo by Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine

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