NB: The anon who asked this changed ‘VII’ to ‘VIII’ in a second message.
Oh, I only wish I had a good enough command of the English language to articulate what my fascination with Edward VIII is! That being said, how long have you got…
For a start I’m interested in royalty, and especially British royalty, in general, and then Edward VIII’s story is just quite unique. Partly I sympathise with his predicament, and partly I think he needed to man up! I think there’s something undoubtedly noble in giving up everything you have ever known for love, but then I think, he had a duty! He was given a privileged life in exchange for him serving his country and he failed in the most monumental fashion … but then, he never really wanted to be king, so why should he have had to be!? I cannot imagine what it must have been like to make that decision. Its also somewhat harsh to blame him alone entirely for the abdication, the powers that be conspired to get him out because they feared his method of ‘kinging’ would be too radically different from that of his father, George V.
What people seem to forget though, is that Edward was a fantastic Prince of Wales. He genuinely cared about the poor in Britain and is famous for getting into trouble for saying ‘something must be done’ when he visited some poverty stricken area because it was seen as him meddling in political matters on which he should remain neutral! His trips around the British Empire following WWI also did a lot of good with regards to foreign relations. He was extremely popular and charismatic - people often compare his popularity with that of Princess Diana’s, for example. And, for what its worth, I think he would have made a good king if he’d have been allowed to carry on in the same manner. I think Britain would have a much more modern royal family now, like other European royal families, if he had remained king, but alas, it was not to be.
I’m much more interested in him pre-abdication than I am post-abdication, though that is not to say I am uninterested in him after he abdicated. His relationship with his family was bizarre, but fascinating! And Psycho Nanny! But also his relationship with Wallis Simpson is quite interesting too.
I think I like him because he’s become a historical figure that history has distorted almost beyond recognition. People just love to hate him, but when you actually read about him you realise he really is badly portrayed both in history and modern culture - The King’s Speech, I’m looking at you… His story is far more complex and emotional than any Daily Fail article or Channel Four documentary would have you believe! Oh, and he absolutely was NOT a Nazi!
I just think he’s a remarkable figure in history, with a remarkable story, but, if nothing else, he was incredibly easy on the eye!!!
I’m sorry this answer was so long. I’ve never really given much thought to why I liked him, I just sort of did! But there you have it!