According to the BBC, Elizabeth II’s reign as Queen is a fairy tale once in a while. After the death of his grandfather George V, his great uncle Edward VIII ascended the British throne in 1936. But after some time he left the throne. Behind it was a love affair. Controversy arose over her accession to the throne when she wanted to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. Because Simpson was a divorced woman. For that reason, top officials including the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom were strongly opposed to accepting a divorced woman as a royal bride. Edward VIII abdicated just 326 days after ascending the throne when it became impossible for him to marry Simpson. And through this, Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, cleared the way to take power. In 1937, Edward VIII moved to Paris and married Simpson and spent the rest of his life there.
According to the BBC, along with the British royal family, the Church of England was against marrying Simpson. Simpson, they said, was not eligible to be Edward VIII’s wife. The king is made clear, Edward must choose the throne or the Simpsons. Edward replied, ‘I cannot undertake any duty as king without the help and support of one whom I love.’