Recently discovered memoirs written by Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, provide new insights into his love affair with Wallis Simpson and his choice to abdicate the throne. American journalist Charles Murphy spent several years with Edward, recording his recollections and helping him find his voice. The lost memoirs, including handwritten notes and drafts, offer an authentic account of Edward's perspective on his decision.
According to Edward, he was immediately drawn to Wallis's vivaciousness, wit, and frankness when they first met in 1931. Despite the circumstances of his position and the disapproval from his British friends, Wallis's company became increasingly important to him. As their relationship deepened, so did Edward's desire to marry her.
Edward's desire to marry Wallis came to a head when he ascended to the throne in 1936. He confronted Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, who informed him that neither the Cabinet nor the Dominions would support Wallis as Queen. Facing three options—giving up the marriage, marrying against his ministers' advice, or abdicating—he chose to abdicate the throne.
The memoirs also shed light on Edward's view of his role as King, his distaste for the stuffiness of court life, and his determination to have a private life of his own. He had a vision of modernizing the monarchy and separating his public and private worlds. However, he was met with opposition from the British Establishment, and his pursuit of love clashed with his duty as King.
Edward's memoirs reveal his deep love for Wallis and his belief in the sacred nature of the Coronation, which ultimately led to his decision to abdicate. Despite his flaws and failures, the memoirs depict Edward as an intelligent, loyal, and determined individual.
These newly unearthed memoirs provide a unique insight into the personal life of Edward VIII and the circumstances that led to his abdication. They offer a fresh perspective on the love story between Edward and Wallis and shed light on the complex decisions he had to make.