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US News Duke of York developments compared to abdication of Edward VIII

00:45  21 november  2019
00:45  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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In 1936, a constitutional crisis in the British Empire arose when King-Emperor Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing the divorce of her second.

Duke of York is a title of nobility in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Since the 15th century, it has, when granted, usually been given to the second son of English (later British) monarchs.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie standing next to a car: The Duke of York (Liam McBurney/PA) © Liam McBurney The Duke of York (Liam McBurney/PA)

The announcement that the Duke of York will step back from public duties “for the forseeable future” has been compared to the abdication of Edward VIII.

Social historian Professor Judith Rowbotham said there were “plenty of parallels” with the former king, who abdicated the throne in December 1936 to marry his divorcee mistress, the American socialite Wallis Simpson.

“I suppose the nearest would be the Duke of Windsor (the title Edward was given following his abdication) in some way,” Professor Rowbotham told the PA news agency.

“I’m far from surprised because the Duke of York was ill-advised to undertake the interview.”

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While Edward VIII was away, cruising on the Nahlin with Wallis Simpson, his brother, Albert, Duke of York (the future George VI) sat in his place on the The King's desire to marry an allegedly unsuitable woman was the public reason for a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication from the throne on

Edward , 2nd Duke of York , KG, (c. 1373 – 25 October 1415) was an English nobleman and magnate, the eldest son of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York , and a grandson of King Edward III of England. He held significant appointments during the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V

Lauritz Melchior, Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII of the United Kingdom posing for a photo: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, pictured in 1949 (PA) © Provided by The Press Association The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, pictured in 1949 (PA)

But the research professor at the University of Plymouth said Andrew made a wise choice by not drawing the matter out for any longer.

“I don’t think it’s a monarchy in crisis. Even with a slimmed down monarchy, you have a large royal family, humanly-speaking somebody is always going to do something that gets well and truly disapproved of,” she said.

“It could have escalated into a more major crisis if the Duke of York had not done the honourable thing.”

Professor Rowbotham suggested the difficulties the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, had faced in 2019 were not as bad as the Queen’s annus horribilis of 1992.

“Back in 1992, it was an annus horribilis. This has been a ‘few weeks horribilis’,” she suggested.

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Edward VIII became king following the death of his father, George V. He abdicated the throne in order to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson and became The Instrument of Abdication was witnessed and signed by his younger brothers: Prince Albert, Duke of York ; Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; and

With the abdication of Edward to marry Simpson, George ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor. The future George VI was born at York Cottage, on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria.[1] His father was Prince George

She added that Andrew’s decision would be one of personal sadness for the monarch.

“I think it will be a great sadness for the Queen,” she said.

Royal author Penny Junor said it was “absolutely unprecedented” that a relatively senior member of the royal family “should be forced to retire from public life”.

She told PA: “I would think the Queen is horrified.”

The royal writer added: “It was inevitable and it was the right thing to do. It was the only course of action for the duke and the royal family.

“It’s probably averted a crisis, with all the events of the last year put together, I think the monarchy is going through very difficult times… I think it’s been a disastrous year.

“The hard-working members of the family – Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate and the Queen have all done sterling work but I think a lot of that has been overshadowed by other things.”

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His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 (1 Edw. 8 & 1 Geo. 6 c. 3) was the Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that recognised and ratified the abdication of King Edward VIII and passed succession to his brother King George VI.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson have been depicted in culture, both biographical and fictional, following his abdication in 1936 and their marriage the following year.

Comparing the situation to the Duke of Windsor, Ms Junor said: “That in a way was different. The Duke of Windsor chose love over duty and couldn’t do both and decided to go off and marry and abdicate the crown.

Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, delivers a speech in ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, delivers a speech in ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

“But Andrew has really been forced out. It’s been forced on him by the huge outcry from the public.

“The public were very, very disappointed in him.”

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said the duke’s reputation would always be tainted by his association with Epstein.

She said: “He can’t be exonerated because we know he was involved with Epstein. I’m afraid this might forever be hanging over him.

“I think it’s sad that it’s ever, ever had to come to this and people’s sympathies will be with the Queen and Andrew’s family more than with Andrew himself.”

CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 11: Prince Andrew, Duke of York is driven from Crathie Kirk Church following the service on August 11, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshipping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshipped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle. (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 11: Prince Andrew, Duke of York is driven from Crathie Kirk Church following the service on August 11, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshipping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshipped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle. (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)

Royal biographer Christopher Warwick told PA: “If Prince Andrew thought this interview was going to draw a line under this then his lack of judgment for that was as bad as his lack of judgment over maintaining his friendship with Epstein.

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The Duke was provided a comfortable financial settlement after his abdication , although the amount of 25,000 pounds was a pittance compared to the The former King Edward VIII , Duke of Windsor since he abdicated in 1936, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the throat in November 1971.

The abdication of King Edward VIII of England in December, 1936, shocked and fascinated people all over the world. No other monarch in modern British history since George III has found himself unable to fulfill his hereditary task. Biographers, historians, and playwrights have described in detail the events

“He didn’t understand what public opinion would be.”

When asked if the prince could ever return to his duties, he replied: “It’s anybody’s guess. This is not going to die for a very long time.”

Mr Warwick said the scandal would probably mean Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi would have to be a much smaller affair than her sister Prince Eugenie’s.

“I think – fairly or unfairly – it has cast a shadow over the York family but more broadly his stepping back from official duties has kind of lifted that shadow that was about to be cast over the whole royal family,” he said.

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Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice Square Up to Amanda Thirsk as Prince Andrew Blame Game Accelerates .
If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, an all-new members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.  © Provided by The Daily Beast VICTORIA JONES On one side stands Andrew’s senior staffer, Amanda Thirsk, on the other Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and their elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, who stood in as family rep on a crucial meeting with the BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis just three days before the fateful day.

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