Abdication Agreement


Edward VIII abdicated the nation on December 11, 1936. In July 1940, Edward was appointed governor of the Bahamas. [106] Edward reportedly told a friend: “After the war, it`s over and Hitler will destroy the Americans… We take over… They [the British] don`t want me as their king, but I`ll be back as a leader. [107] He said that “it would be a tragic thing for the world if Hitler were overthrown.” [107] Comments such as this reinforced the belief that the Duke and Duchess harboured Nazi sympathies and that the effect of the 1936 abdication crisis was to push a man of extreme political views from the throne. [108] Claims that Edward was a threat or that he was abducted by a political conspiracy to dethrone him remain speculative and “emphasize that contemporary public considerations have lost most of their strength since 1936 and therefore seem to provide an insufficient explanation for the king`s departure.” [109] It is now clear that the Duke`s financial settlement was one of his priorities for relinquishing the throne. It is known that in the days leading up to the abdication, he grossly downplayed his fortune by talking to his brother and estimated his fortune at $90,000. In fact, his fortune probably reached $1.1 million. “If my understanding of the current situation is correct, it is now proposed that my personal freedom be linked, in this regard, to a private family agreement on financial matters that my brother, the current king, gave me the day before my abdication, so that he could break his private agreement with me if I used my right to visit my country. , without first approving it under the Council of Its Ministers. On 10 December, at Fort Belvedere, Edward signed his written decisions of abdication, attested by his three younger brothers: Prince Albert, Duke of York (who succeeded Edward as George VI); Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; And Prince George, Duke of Kent. The next day, it was put into effect by the Act of Parliament: His Majesty`s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. [82] Amendments introduced in 1931 by the statute of Westminster replaced a single crown for the entire empire with several crowns, one for each Dominion carried by a single monarch in an organization then known as the British Commonwealth.

[2] Although the British government, in the hope of expediency and to avoid the embarrassment that Dominions wanted to accept the actions of the “homeland” government, the Dominions noted that Edward`s abdication required the approval of each Commonwealth state. [83] Under the statute of Westminster, the law passed by the British Parliament could, at their request, become a Dominion Act.

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