By Philip Ziegler
The authorized lifestyles tale of the king who gave up his throne for romance, by means of considered one of our so much individual biographers.
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Sixty six the truth that Edward used to be Prince of Wales could have made the King extra wary in regards to the suitability of any candidate, yet not anything used to be acknowledged to point that the eldest son was once to be taken care of otherwise from his siblings. The objection to Rosemary Leveson-Gower were now not that she was once a commoner yet that there has been ‘a taint within the blood’. If the Prince didn't recognize this then he wilfully blinded himself to fact. A widowed Mrs Dudley Ward would definitely now not have appeared appropriate to the King and Queen. There may were powerful competition, in all likelihood too powerful to beat. For something the former marriage, with the issues it'll have posed, resembling semi-royal stepchildren, might were a significant predicament. for an additional, a lace-manufacturer’s daughter, even though first rate, do not need appeared the appropriate type of fit for a British prince, not to mention the inheritor to the throne. yet underneath his testiness George V used to be a kindly and weak guy, essentially apprehensive that his son should still locate happiness and protection. there has been no less than an opportunity that the obstinacy of the Prince and the charms of Mrs Dudley Ward might finally have worn down his resistance. Queen Freda could have appeared a stunning idea to the British humans, yet so nice was once the recognition of the Prince of Wales within the years after the conflict that public opinion may definitely have supported him. it could actually have occurred. it's also attainable to argue that although it may possibly, it'll no longer have occurred. The Prince, it's been acknowledged, enjoyed Freda Dudley Ward simply because she used to be inaccessible. If she were loose to marry him, he do not need desired to marry her. no matter if he was once conscious of it or no longer, the argument is going, he used to be resolved by no means to marry; by way of falling in love with a married lady he used to be supplying himself with an alibi opposed to having to marry someone else. He was once temperamentally not able to just accept any such dedication, or even he sought to depart open a path through which he may perhaps sooner or later break out the throne. it really is very unlikely to end up the opposite; the place causes are in query it should always be an issue for surmise. the idea, despite the fact that, doesn't appear to be supported via what evidence there are. He had as soon as been worried to marry Portia Cadogan; whilst the time got here he was once resolved to marry Mrs Simpson; every little thing he stated or did indicated that he might have cherished not anything greater than to make Freda Dudley Ward his spouse. faraway from looking to steer clear of commitments he sought them with relentless fervour. The lesson to be learnt from the final thirty-five years of his lifestyles is unquestionably that, even though he will possibly not were relatively chuffed as a married guy, he used to be a ways unhappier as a bachelor. And if he have been allowed to marry Freda Dudley Ward, or Portia Cadogan, or the other robust lady whom he may have enjoyed; if, like his luckier brother, he had chanced on his personal model of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon; wouldn't it have made any distinction? may perhaps he became, to take advantage of the simpliste yet under no circumstances worthless terminology of 1066 and All That, a ‘good king’?