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Edward VIII Pushed his Family to Recognize Wallis Simpson

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Edward VIII Pushed his Family to Recognize Wallis Simpson

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By 1934, it was clear that the Duke of Windsor was having an affair with Wallis Simpson. But things came to a head when Edward VIII insisted on introducing her to his family at a party in Buckingham Palace.

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King Edward VIII was on the throne for less than a year and yet, in that short time, he brought about one of the greatest crises in modern royal history. Host Dr. Tracy Borman tells the story of a reluctant king who gave up the throne for love in the shape of American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. We'll look behind closed doors to examine a man who was popular with the public but not with the establishment, investigate his infamous meeting with Adolph Hitler, and show how his decisions in politics and love would haunt him for the rest of his life.

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