Most of you on these boards (even the older ones;)) would be too young to remember. I know I certainly am. But in 1936, there was a constitutional crisis in Britain.
King Edward VIII wanted to marry his true love, American socialite Wallis Simpson. But people thought she would make an unfit queen. So he ultimately just abdicated, and married her anyways.
It all happened a very long time ago. And you have to wonder what relevance it has today, even. But, hey, it was history. And if you don’t learn from it, your doomed to face it again, they say.
Anyways, I just have one question. Why didn’t they just use the option of the “morganatic marriage”? (“Morganatic”, in case you don’t know, is Latin for “morning gift”. Because at one time, that was basically all the poor girl got. She was forever barred from sharing her husband’s title or wealth, as was her descendants [if any].)
He would be happy. They would be happy. So why not?
(BTW, quick side note. I don’t necessarily have any sympathy for the couple myself. Did you know, they were both Nazi sympathizers? What more can I say? Another interesting note. If he did remain king, his Nazi sympathies, as hers, might have effected Britain’s entry into World War II. Isn’t it weird, history sometimes has a way of working out just the right way? I digress.)