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Old 09-24-2016, 03:04 AM
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Yes, I agree. There are always rumours swirling around Royal tours, especially in those days when local bigwigs like squatters (big landowner sheep farmers) competed with each other to give balls and parties and picnics in honour of the Royal guest(s.) Dozens of guests and the prettiest girls in the district who could be invited. Of course, some couldn't.

With regard to Bertie Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth, I always thought their family was limited because, unlike her mother who had an enormous family, Elizabeth had to have Caesarians for her two girls. In those days (and even later) the advice given to women who had to have Caesarians was 'two babies and no more'.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:34 AM
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YesWith regard to Bertie Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth, I always thought their family was limited because, unlike her mother who had an enormous family, Elizabeth had to have Caesarians for her two girls. In those days (and even later) the advice given to women who had to have Caesarians was 'two babies and no more'.
I think that's probably why they stopped at the 2 girls but also it was 3 years before Eliz was born and then 4 years later before Margaret arrived. So I suspect that either they deliberately limited their family because - well who knows? Perhaps they were a few years conceiving Eliz and then after the Caesarian they were waiting a few more years before putting her through all that again.. but I'm sure they would have liked a son.
Or perhaps they weren't that fertile a couple, and had difficulty conceiving babies.
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Yes, I agree. There are always rumours swirling around Royal tours, especially in those days when local bigwigs like squatters (big landowner sheep farmers) competed with each .

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well David was a handsome young prince and future king. There may have been a few young ladies who would count their (unmarried) virtue well lost to have a fling with him, and maybe to bear him a child. (after all, they would problably be able to make up some story, and there would be financial support etc in exchange for discretion.
But I still feel that David would not have been up for having kids out of wedlock if only because of G V's certain fury and disapproval.
So I suspect that there was some boasting indirectly, by allowing hints to float around..that the Prince sent a birthday card to a child every year...
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:14 AM
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Don't forget the money and paying the school fees at a private boarding school and continuing to pay the child for over 50 years.

Without ever using the term 'father' the acknowledgement was understood locally that the child was Edward's and that he was ensuring she was supported without being allowed to call him 'Dad'.

If Edward hadn't slept with the mother why would he pay for the next 50+ years?
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:43 AM
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well David was a handsome young prince and future king. There may have been a few young ladies who would count their (unmarried) virtue well lost to have a fling with him, and maybe to bear him a child. (after all, they would problably be able to make up some story, and there would be financial support etc in exchange for discretion.
But I still feel that David would not have been up for having kids out of wedlock if only because of G V's certain fury and disapproval.
So I suspect that there was some boasting indirectly, by allowing hints to float around..that the Prince sent a birthday card to a child every year...
I don't know if Edward/David fathered any of the people being discussed, but he did not have a good relationship with George V and a big part was his non-adherence to his father's wishes and ways of doing things.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:17 PM
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:07 AM
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I don't know if Edward/David fathered any of the people being discussed, but he did not have a good relationship with George V and a big part was his non-adherence to his father's wishes and ways of doing things.
I don't think he would willingly have let himself in for a serious telling off by his father..
yes over smaller things like how he dressed, his partying, etc he would stand up to him... because he had some "backing" from his contemporaries for "dressing like a cad" as George put it.
But over an issue like fathering children, I don't think so. George would have to know, and he would be raging -and even David's friends/brothers would problaby disapprove and say that he should be more careful, as nowadays having illegitimate children wasn't acceptable.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:28 AM
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George V was blowing his stack over how Edward and others dressed, women wearing nail polish and other such things. He was so over the top over those things that I don't think his apoplexy over one of his sons having an out-of-wedlock child could amount to anything much greater. I just don't see Edward getting hot and heavy with a woman, or planning to get hot and heavy with a woman, and the thing that caused him to take precautions was incurring the wrath of his father or brothers. He did not seem to be worried about incurring the wrath of his father nor his brothers when his father was very ill and he chose to not to immediately return to England.

As far as his brothers were concerned, one was allegedly a drug-addicted bisexual who had one or more children with a woman/women he was not married to.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:50 AM
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George V was blowing his stack over how Edward and others dressed, women wearing nail polish and other such things. He was so over the top over those things that I don't think his apoplexy over one of his sons having an out-of-wedlock child could amount to anything much greater. I just don't see Edward getting hot and heavy with a woman, or planning to get hot and heavy with a woman, and the thing that caused him to take precautions was incurring the wrath of his father or brothers. He did not seem to be worried about incurring the wrath of his father nor his brothers when his father was very ill and he chose to not to immediately return to England.

As far as his brothers were concerned, one was allegedly and drug-addicted bisexual who had one or more children with a woman/women he was not married to.
Well yes it could. His fussing about men wearing modern clothes or women dressing in short skirts was something that had become old fashioned by the time he did it.. but one of the sons doing something so daft as have an illegitimate child would be something that would have been a scandal. I don't believe that David wanted them himself... so he'd problaby expect his girlfriends to take precautions.. it was different with Freda DW because she was a long term mistress and had a husband albeit separated.
I haven't heard of the D of Kent having children by anyone except his wife. he did have a drug problem and yes he was involved in sexual affairs with men, but these were things that could be concealed..to a large extent. A child is a living breathing "problem".
I dont beleive that the Duke's affairs or his drug taking were known outside society circles, but a child, esp if born to some girl outside the royal circle who might not "know the rules" woudl IMO be much more dangerous. I suppose as I said, it might have happened, perhaps once, but if So George woud have fumed, rowed and finally paid up with what he hoped was a tight agreement that it would be kept secret... But I dont think there would be more than one.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:23 AM
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The original question is would Edward take into account incurring his father's wrath when it comes when it came to his sexual behavior particularly having a child to a woman he was not married to, and I still say that the answer to that is no. I think that some of your points actually support my assertion, as you stated Edward was OK with having a child with Freda Dudley Ward, a local woman who was married to a member of Parliament.
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:32 AM
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I wonder what Edward (and Wallis) would make of the fact that his reason for abdication would be made irrelenvent by his niece and her government ..... in order to allow her own son, in the same situation take the throne?
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:37 AM
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I wonder what Edward (and Wallis) would make of the fact that his reason for abdication would be made irrelenvent by his niece and her government ..... in order to allow her own son, in the same situation take the throne?
A different time, a different situation, I bet Edward was glad he didn't have to be king after all, and in my humble opinion Brittain should be glad about it too..
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:48 AM
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Yes, but although the romance between Freda Dudley Ward and Edward was known in Society at that time, (she was referred to as 'the Prince's little piece of fluff' by Diana, Duff Cooper's wife, in the early 1920's) Freda was 'safe'. She was married, not then separated, to a man then quite prominent in London Society. Therefore it would have been a 'foisting a cuckoo into another man's nest' situation, something that had been done in aristo circles for centuries.

That's very different to fathering a child on a young woman miles away from England; in Paris or Canada or Australian country districts, a situation that could lead to huge amounts of gossip, blackmail and/or lifelong payments or huge payoffs, as apparently happened to Edward's Parisian milliner friend.

Freda or any other married cohort in London Society was hardly likely to go squawking to officials at BP or the Prince himself, saying 'Your Royal Highness, you are going to do something for this child you've landed me with, AREN'T YOU...' In other words 'Pay up or else!' A whole lot riskier.

And it's quite clear in biographies I've read that Edward and his brothers were terrified of their father and his reactions to their behaviour, even when they were then verging on middle age. They would often murmur of rebellion but would subside once they were actually with the King.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:44 AM
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George V, like his grandmother Victoria, was not a fan of society. His father Edward VII/Albert Edward was embroiled in numerous scandals and most if not all of them were society related. Edward was known to go to brothels and yet I don't recall any scandals because one of his brothel paramours came forward but he was involved in scandals with other members of society like the Mordaunts and also the Tranby Croft/ royal baccarat affai. After Edward VII's death, Daisy Warwick, one of Edward's society mistresses tried to blackmail George V and threatened to release letters sent her by Edward VII/Albert Edward. Given this I think the notion that diddling around with society women was somehow safer had fallen by the wayside.

George V's sons may have feared him but it did not stop them from doing things that his father disapproved of.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:32 AM
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The Tranby Croft affair wasnt aimed at Edward though, he was a witness in the case, and the Mourdant affair was very quietened down because Lady Mordaunt was regarded as insane. He only appeared as a witness at that proceeding too.

Neither of these involved illegitimate children, and the only person attempting a spot of blackmail after the fact was Daisy Warwick, who was broke at the time.

George was a very strict father, it was a different time, the future Edward VIII was a very different character. Freda Dudley Ward kept her mouth shut about their long affair, Thelma Vanderbilt Furness did the same, and there were no babies involved. No-one has ever proven beyond doubt that Edward the future Duke of Windsor fathered one baby, let alone more.
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Old 09-25-2016, 12:51 PM
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Both the Mordaunt and Tranby Croft affairs involved court cases and Albert Edward/Edward VII testified in both cases - a royal prince taking the stand in a court case was in and of itself a scandal. While he himself was not on trial you can say that in both cases "his side" prevailed and yet these scandals took their toll on his reputation - these and other mishaps resulted in him being booed when he made public appearances and William Gladstone commented that "the Prince of Wales is not respected," although that comment actually was made prior to the Tranby Croft affair. My point in bringing them up was not because they involved illegitimate children rather that these were society scandals and the notion that members of society banded together to conceal their shenanigans no longer applied.

As I initially stated I don't know if Edward/David fathered any of the people being discussed but what I am disagreeing with is that incurring the wrath of George V affected the romantic/sexual choices made by his sons, especially Edward/David and George/Duke of Kent. In the case of Bertie/George VI, I think that as he matured he and his father's values and outlooks aligned, but he also had a married lover and incurring his father's wrath was not enough for him to end the relationship, rather his father had to sweeten the pot and give him a dukedom in order for him to break up with a woman with whom he was already growing apart.
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Was this the woman you were referring to as Bertie's mistress? The other night the program "Royal Wives At War" aired and it was about Wallis and Elizabeth's relationship. It also featured authors Andrew Morton, Lady Colin Campbell and another woman author whose name escapes me right now. I wasn't impressed by the program and it was heavily biased towards sympathy with David and Wallis. Elizabeth was rather portrayed as the scheming villain married to a rather bumbling, clueless Bertie. Has anyone else viewed this program? The Royals are portrayed by actors with the authors adding their own opinions so that's why there is a heavy bias.





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Old 09-26-2016, 04:23 AM
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Thanks for the reminder about the program Royal Wives at War. I just looked for it and watched it online.

I don't think it was very biased towards David and Wallis at all. If anything, it made Wallis look like a narcissist and a very self involved person and David as a weak willed man also self centered who put more importance on himself and had to have his ego stroked. Wallis got more than she bargained for as was notated in the program about the morning after the wedding. "Now what do I do?" Wallis found she was going to be responsible for David's life pretty much as he looked to others to plan his day for him up until the abdication.

I found the portrayal of the Queen Mum to be pretty much as I've read it to be as far as her dislike of Wallis. I especially liked the part where she stated she didn't hate or dislike Wallis because she would have to know her to dislike her. That sounds like the Queen Mum to a tee.

I definitely think the UK dodged a big bullet with David abdicating and Bertie coming to the throne.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:18 AM
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Was this the woman you were referring to as Bertie's mistress? The other night the program "Royal Wives At War" aired and it was about Wallis and Elizabeth's relationship. It also featured authors Andrew Morton, Lady Colin Campbell and another woman author whose name escapes me right now. I wasn't impressed by the program and it was heavily biased towards sympathy with David and Wallis. Elizabeth was rather portrayed as the scheming villain married to a rather bumbling, clueless Bertie. Has anyone else viewed this program? The Royals are portrayed by actors with the authors adding their own opinions so that's why there is a heavy bias.





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It was Sheila, Lady Loughborough. I'll post links about her in the George VI thread.
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:11 PM
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Yes, bn the early 1920's) Freda was 'safe'. She was married, not then separated, to a man then quite prominent in London Society. Therefore it would have been a 'foisting a cuckoo into another man's nest' situation, something that had been done in aristo circles for centuries.

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Freda or any other married cohort in London Society was hardly likely to go squawking to officials at BP or the Prince himself, saying 'Your Royal Highness, you are going to do something for this child you've landed me with, AREN'T YOU...' In other words 'Pay up or else!' A whole lot riskier.

And it's quite clear in biographies I've read that Edward and his brothers were terrified of their father and his reactions to their behaviour, even when they were then verging on middle age. They would often murmur of rebellion but would subside once they were actually with the King.
That was my impression of David at least. As he grew older I think he got less willing to be at least outwardly obedient, more resentful of his father and the whole DUTY thing and when he became King he was ready to kick out violently against the whole notion that he had duties to balance his privileges. But as a young man I think he was really scared of the old man.

Of course he lived his own life, and did what he wanted to, to a large extent...but he was still inclined to do it out of reach of his father.
While there might have been maybe one or 2 illegitimate children who were kept secret and not acknowledged, I am sure that both for his own sake and for fear of his father he would not have wished for there to be such children. If htey happened by accident Im sure he was not happy...

Freda DW having his baby would have been one thing.. she had a husband to cover up the scandal and she was devoted ot him and would be discreet. Some girl from outside the royal circles, esp a single girl, getting pregnant, would have been a real horror if it got out.
Such a girl might not have the code of absolute discretion and might become demanding or go to the papers.
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