from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • King of Great Britain and Ireland (1936) who precipitated a constitutional crisis by his determination to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American who had been divorced. He abdicated, married (1937), and spent much of the rest of his life in France.

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  • noun King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)


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  • Christopher Hitchens called it "a gross falsification of history" because Churchill is portrayed as a supporter when he was, he argues, actively trying to keep odious playboy Edward VIII on the throne.

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  • Everyone wanted the news to first appear in the respectable Times and on the BBC, not via the disreputable afternoon papers who might mention David's Edward VIII scandalous affair with American twice divorcee Wallis Simpson.

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  • He's the grandson of King George V and nephew of two kings, Edward VIII and the queen's father, George VI.

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  • So she identifies with her film's subject, Wallis Simpson, the American socialite for whom King Edward VIII abdicated his throne, becoming her third husband.

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  • But Edward VIII was on the throne when an Englishman last won a Grand Slam tournament.

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  • A disjointed diptych inspired by the largely unlamented Duchess of Windsor, it contains little that's original or insightful about the American adventuress Wallis Simpson, or her empire-rattling love for Edward VIII.

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  • What intrigued me about their story was how polarized people felt about her and him, and the abdication of King Edward VIII, and that period of history and what they were: Did they love each other?

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