The British Prince Harry and his wife recently interviewed Oprah, the famous American mouthpiece. They talked about their experience of getting along with other members of the British royal family after their marriage, which caused a huge wave of public opinion. The biggest crisis facing. In fact, after Edward VIII, who “does not love the country, loves the beauty,” announced his abdication, he and his wife were interviewed by the media more than 50 years ago, telling the public about the “secrets” of the royal family. This interview also attracted a lot of attention in the United Kingdom and the United States at the time, and it was not less popular than the “media show” of Harry and Meghan.
“A king in conflict with the establishment”
Just as Oprah always wanted to interview Meghan, it took many years for the BBC host Harris to persuade Edward VIII to “open up”. One night in October 1969, when all the film crews gathered in Paris, the 75-year-old man whose title had been changed to “Duke of Windsor” (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Edward VIII”) backed down and tried to withdraw. But it was too late. Throughout the interview, Edward VIII’s reservations were obvious. He was wearing a light gray suit and sitting on a yellow chair. He kept looking down at his hands and studying his nails, fidgeting. In contrast, Mrs. Simpson wore a light yellow dress and a light blue scarf, showing elegance and warmth.
In an interview with Oprah, Prince Harry stated that he could leave “the system.” This is “similar in the same way as Edward VIII’s statement in 1969.” Edward VIII stated that he never felt that he was part of the “system” because he was “independent.” He also stated that he is “a king in conflict with the establishment”. Even if he has not fallen in love with Mrs. Simpson and has been single, this conflict is “inevitable.” He explained that “establishment” is a vague term for him. To some extent, it means authority, the authority of the law, the authority of the church, and the authority of the monarch.
Edward VIII said that although he did not consider himself a “rebel” against the “establishment”, he wanted “independence”. “I want to be a king who keeps pace with the times. I have a lot of political views, but keep them in my heart. This is a royal tradition.” He clasped his hands and said. Edward VIII added that to a certain extent, he did have a conflict with the establishment, but it was not very intense. “I am very conceited, but I think this (the conflict with the establishment) may also have a conflict with the establishment. Help and make them think”. Mrs. Simpson added: “I think he is very energetic and at the forefront of the times. The establishment is not ready for what he wants to build.”
In an interview, Edward VIII talked about his first conflict with the British government. He mentioned that he had different opinions with former Prime Minister Baldwin on the issue of visiting impoverished and unemployed families in Northumberland. Edward VIII said that his plan to visit these families made Baldwin realize that the government has done too little to improve unemployment. He believes that Baldwin kept pulling himself into politics at the time, which should have been avoided by members of the royal family. In addition, Baldwin believes that the marriage of the King of England to Mrs. Simpson will violate the teachings of the Anglican Church, and that Edward VIII will not be able to continue to be the king, which will lead to a constitutional crisis. However, Edward VIII refused to accept Baldwin’s proposal. After the news came out, some people even thought that Edward VIII wanted to confront Baldwin and force the latter to resign.
According to the British National Archives, the British Home Office had ordered the Post Office, which is in charge of telephone operations, to wiretap the telephones of King Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. However, in the public archives, there is no record of the phone call between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson, only an official document issued on December 5, 1936 and classified as “extremely confidential”. This official document was sent to the Post Office by the Ministry of the Interior of the United Kingdom. The author asked the recipient to confirm that he had received the instructions and arranged to eavesdrop on the conversation between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson in accordance with the instructions. It is interesting to note that Edward VIII announced his abdication five days after the issuance of this confidential document.
Abdicate “no regrets”
On December 11, 1936, in order to get together with Mrs. Simpson, who had a history of divorce and was still in the process of divorcing her second husband, Edward VIII, who had been in power for more than 300 days, announced his abdication. His younger brother, George VI, who succeeded him as the King of England, granted him the title of “Duke of Windsor”, retained his royal status, and provided financial assistance so that his brother could continue to enjoy a luxurious life.
After the end of World War II, the lives of Edward VIII and his wife tended to be lonely, and the relationship with the new generation of British royal family represented by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom gradually drifted away. In 1966, Edward VIII and his wife traveled to Vienna by train. Their assistants recalled that the two were worried about being followed by a tabloid reporter, but they did not find a reporter until the end of the trip. The assistant recalled that he saw disappointment in the eyes of the two.
Many British people want to ask, for Edward VIII, is the life after his abdication worth the sacrifice he made? After Harris raised this question, the Edward VIII couple stated that what has maintained their 35-year marriage is “real and profound.” At the end of the interview, Harris asked Edward VIII if he regretted not continuing to be king. After another pause, Edward VIII had a sad face and tears in his eyes, but he replied “No” and hoped that everything would be well in Britain.
The media found many “similars”
More than 50 years ago on both sides of the Atlantic, the Edward VIII interview was tantamount to a “blockbuster”, which frustrated Buckingham Palace and excited the British and American people. This 50-minute visit was the first time a member of the British royal family sat down to tell the story of the royal family. After it aired in January 1970, the number of people who watched this talk show in the UK alone reached 12 million, which was twice the previous average viewership of the show (4 million). Coincidentally, the number of people watching the interview with Prince Harry and his wife on independent television in the UK is also 12 million.
Many media have compared Prince Harry and his wife with Edward VIII, looking for common ground. For example, the two couples love to live in Canada, both have a constant love for the royal family, and have never been far from the attention of the media. However, Anne Seba, the author of “The Life of The Simpsons”, believes that the life choices of the two couples cannot be compared with their impact on society at the time. The biggest difference is that Edward VIII gave up the throne, while Harry is just the sixth in line to the throne and is unlikely to become a king. The decision to abdicate King Edward VIII caused an uproar in the British public. People accused Mrs. Simpson of almost destroying the British royal family and the British Empire. Some reporters even threw bricks at her apartment in Regent’s Park, London. In contrast, Megan has received a lot of support in the United Kingdom and the United States.
When Megan married Harry, many media compared her to the contemporary Mrs. Simpson. Many British media believe that both Edward VIII and Prince Harry are “cowardly men” manipulated by “ambitious women.” However, the attitude of the British royal family towards Meghan and Mrs. Simpson is quite different. After Megan broke out that the British royal family was suspected of racial discrimination, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom expressed deep concern about this and said that the royal family will solve these problems privately. In contrast, the British royal family treated Mrs. Simpson much more ruthlessly. In 1971, Edward VIII was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. In May of the following year, the Queen of England and Prince Philip visited the uncle, but the Queen insisted on talking only to her uncle, and finally only took pictures with Mrs. Simpson. Edward VIII’s mother complained deeply about Mrs. Simpson and always referred to her as “the woman.”