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Old 08-22-2004, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Nemo
Edward VIII also favored taking an active role in the running of his kingdom. Some people believe that this, and not his marriage to Wallis Simpson, was the real reason he was asked to abdicate.
This is somewhat debatable -- he was far more outspoken as Prince of Wales than the Royal Family had been since Victoria's death, but those who knew him well said that this was more expression of opinion than a desire to actively work at government. (In fact, George VI was and Elizabeth II was and is far more active at the Bagehotian "political duties of the crown," such as "reviewing the boxes" [of formal government documents sent for his/her information] and critiquing the Government policies privately with the Prime Minister, than Edward VIII was as monarch.)