Once a king

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Using never before seen sources, ‘Once a King’ is a fresh, revelatory and gripping insight into the Duke of Windsor – King Edward VIII – who gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved, twice divorced American Wallis Simpson. Considering Edward VIII’s travels and interests as Prince of Wales as well as his relationship with Wallis Simpson and the course of events leading up to his abdication and subsequent exile, ‘Once a King’ offers a previously unexplored lens through which we encounter first-hand the hitherto concealed subtlety and raw emotion of two of the twentieth century’s most iconic Royal figures: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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Fifteen years after having abdicated the throne to marry the woman he loved – Wallis Simpson – King Edward VIII, now the Duke of Windsor, published his memoirs. But whilst preparing the manuscript for his published and mostly ghostwritten book – which, unlike Prince Harry’s autobiography Spare, largely avoided controversy – the Duke also produced a private manuscript for posterity. This was written in his own words and with an uninhibited frankness.

Once a King: The Lost Memoir of Edward VIII reproduces this uncrowned King’s previously unseen writing, including much that he could or would not write for publication in 1951. Jane Marguerite Tippett weaves together Edward’s writing alongside newly uncovered interviews with the Duke and Duchess, diary entries from ghostwriter Charles Murphy and other sources. Together this forms an extraordinary new portrait of one of the most famous characters in modern royal history and his recollections and innermost feelings, particularly around the abdication of 1936.

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Dimensions 24 × 15.6 × 2.7 cm
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