He was born into royal privilege, yet King Edward VIII’s reign ended in absolute infamy. Although he’s gone down in history as the man who sacrificed everything for love, the true story of his life reveals a much more complicated—and chilling—truth. For such a short-reigning king, Edward VIII left behind no shortage of controversy.
King Edward VIII Facts
1. His Name Was Completely Different
Edward’s name wasn’t what you think it was. Born on June 23, 1894 to the future King George V and Queen Mary, the royal family was a tight-knit brood. So although Edward’s official name was Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, his parents and close friends just lovingly called him “David.” Soon, though, those family dynamics would turn dark.
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