No event in the history of the Royal Family has rocked the United Kingdom quite like that of King Edward VIII and his abdication of the throne to his brother.
As is known commonly, this act would eventually thrust Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth into the highest role at an early age more quickly than ever anticipated. King Edward VIII’s controversial removal of himself from the highest seat in the land was of course due to his love affair with Wallis Simpson. Choosing love over duty, King Edward VIII vacated the throne for another life.
Having only been married a brief couple of years after King Edward VIII’s tremendously short reign, the couple was known to dismiss the better judgment of their homeland by visiting countries such as Germany at the dawn of the war. Their friendliness towards Germany’s Adolf Hitler during their visit also did not go unnoticed. Recently released documents have also indicated the misuse and abuse of rations by King Edward VIII and his bride during the tenure of the second world war.
King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson are alleged to have used far more rationing vouchers than what they were rightly delegated to use during the war. Evidence has been revealed that indicated they may have spent these on items such as extravagant lingerie, jewellery and suits, a blatant ignorance of Britain’s textile industry pressures to produce uniforms for the military in 1941 when the clothing ration was introduced. While then HRH Princess Elizabeth was forced to purchase her very own wedding dress on rationing coupons, the former king and his love appeared to have no regard for their homeland and its people while they seemed to consort with the enemy and dabble in luxury.
The typical amount of adult rationing points was significantly lowered in 1946. Allegedly, the former king never reduced his amount of spending, often desiring more than he should have and spoiling even his servants around him. After a civil complaint, the Board of Trade concluded that he would no longer be awarded rationing coupons for clothing as long as he spent only foreign currency with regards to no longer keeping his purchased items on English soil.