I am sure that you have heard of the old saying 'Long Live The King'. But have you ever heard of the alternate phrasing for this piece? 'Long Live The King, Just As Long As He Does Not Shack Up With Some American Bint'? No? Then you best watch this one hour Channel Four documentary made in 2012. It's a real eye opener I can tell you.
King Edward VIII
Now this program is lavished with a very complementary selection of archive footage, radio commentary, images from that time, plus one on one interviews with specialists such as, Hugo Vickers, Philip Ziegler, Susan Williams, Matthew Grimley, and Robert Beaken.
- What was Edward VIII like a person? Edward was a very liberal person by nature, with a congenial charm and modern outlook on life, whilst having a distain for the regimental and structured approach of the 'old guard'.
was Archbishop Cosmo Gordon Lang like as a person?
Cosmo was a religious figure who wanted to preserve traditional values and popularize the Church in the eyes of waning
Britain. Moreover, because of his ultra-conservative temperament, he was well respected by Edwards Father, King George V, as well.
- How did the emergence of Wallis Simpson drive a wedge between these two opposing figures? When Edward started 'dating' Wallis Simpson, Cosmo saw this act as an affront to his own Christian beliefs, due to the fact that she was an American lady who had been married twice before.
- Who were the 'The Old Gang'? And what role did they play in these proceedings? This fringe group of advisers to Royalty, Church, and Politician alike, acted as a secret task force whom busied themselves with gathering information relating to Edward and Ms Simpson's activities, and then relaying them back to Cosmo.
- What caused Cosmo and Edward to start their secret battle together? Once Edward's Father died, Cosmo wanted to mold Edward into his Fathers image. However, Edward did not want this at all, and he tried his best to distance himself from both Cosmo and the Church, by subverting the old ways and looking towards the future.
- What was the 'Cornwall Plan'? When Cosmo attempted to blackmail Edward by threatening to expose his relationship with Wallis Simpson in the press, Winston Churchill devised a compromise of sorts - stating that she could become the next Duchess of Cornwall, instead of the next Queen.
- Did this plan work? No. The then prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, helped Cosmo leak out numerous articles into the media, attempting to discredit Edward's relationship with Wallis, plus him as a sane person.