He was the king who gave up everything for love – the man who turned away from the English throne to marry the woman he wanted.
King Edward VIII opted to abdicate in 1936 after less than a year on the throne so he could make American divorcee Wallis Simpson his wife.
After he stepped down, he was made the Duke of Windsor by his brother – the new King George VI.
More importantly, he was allowed to keep the title of His Royal Highness – despite calls from some ministers that he should be forced to be known as Mr Windsor.
But King George decided that, ‘having been born in the lineal succession to the Crown’, his predecessor should be ‘entitled to hold and enjoy for himself only the style title or attribute of Royal Highness’.
By contrast, Prince Andrew – the great-nephew of Edward – was yesterday ordered by his mother the Queen to drop his HRH moniker and also stripped him of all his military titles and patronages.
A brutal Buckingham Palace statement said he would ‘no longer be…