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Editor says, what if King Edward and Queen Wallis had reigned? muses Jacquelyn Friedlander. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread.
In 1938,at Winston Churchill's urging, King Edward VIII gives up his plan to abdicate and marries his divorced American sweetheart Wallis Simpson.
End of the Abdication CrisisWhile Parliament had been vehemently opposed to the match, Sir Winston reminded them that they could not afford to insult America while Germany was threatening war.
The new royal couple had their own way of dealing with Germany, though...going on several state visits to the Nazi state and assuring Hitler of their friendship. Like so many of the fuhror's so-called friends, these two were stunned and betrayed when he invaded Poland. England frantically raced to arm, but it was too late. Hitler offered to keep Edward as the King of Great Britain, but Edward refused that invitation "with the contempt it deserved" and was later killed leading the British resistance.
Editor says, in reality two years earlier, in 1936, Edward DID abdicate in order to marry Wallis. The couple did pay a state visit to Hitler...but Churchill had more time to warn the English of the Nazis' true intents, starting with the invasion of Poland. Hitler did offer to restore the throne to Edward, but, once again, the former king refused the invitation "with the contempt it deserved". The English evacuated Edward and Wallis from Paris before the Germans arrived .. but they were never allowed to return to England, until Edward's funeral. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.