Edward VIII: How war scarred the playboy prince

Edward VIII's abdication in 1936 was seen as a dereliction of duty. But, as Heather Jones reveals, in the First World War the young prince sought to fulfil that duty by going off to the western front. What he saw changed his views on life, on politics – and on his royal responsibilities...

The Prince of Wales loading a rifle in the Grenadiers, First World War, 1914. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

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