Portrait of a very immature king: Yacht steward's scathing assessment of Edward VIII during abdication crisis





A scathing assessment of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson has been unearthed in a letter from a crew member on their yacht during the abdication crisis.

The King is dismissed as a student who has not grown up while his lover is described as having a big mouth and a ‘metallic American voice’.

The author of the 16-page letter, thought to be a steward called Jim Richardson, wrote to his mother after a summer cruise in the Mediterranean in 1936 on board the Nahlin. He warned her that the letter should be destroyed after she read it....


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