EDWARD VIII lots are like buses. None for ages then…
Fresh on the heels of 1937 photos showing the former king giving a Nazi salute on a visit to a German colliery, a collection of letters from him have come up at auction.
The photos (see our earlier blog), which sold at north Wales saleroom Morgan Evans on July 30 for £1800, reflected the Duke of Windsor’s Nazi-sympathiser status, but these latest letters shed light on another side of his character.
Edward was ‘a bit of a lad’, some would say.
In 1936 his ongoing relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson – who had married for a second time – caused outrage among the political elite and religious authorities. It ultimately resulted in Edward abdicating the throne to his younger brother Albert (later King George VI).
Edward’s playboy lifestyle included a number of romantic liaisons with married women prior to his Coronation. Cuttlestones auctioneers of Wolverhampton are offering on August 14 a letter he sent to the father of his former mistress, ‘Freda’ Dudley Ward.