27th Jun, 2023 10:00

Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale

  Lot 187


H.R.H. Edward Prince of Wales (later H.M. King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor)love letter to Freda Dudley Ward regarding death of Prince John

H.R.H. Edward Prince of Wales (later H.M.King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor), an important handwritten three page love letter to his long term mistress Mrs Freda Dudley Ward regarding the death of Edward's youngest and epileptic brother Prince John and a related book. This infamous letter written on 20th January 1919 from RAF Headquarters, Spa, demonstrates a very uncaring and hedonistic side to Edward's personality. Referring to his brother's death 'He's been practically shut up for the last 2 years anyhow, so no-one has ever seen him except the family and then only once or twice a year and his death is the greatest relief imaginable and what we've always silently prayed for; but to be plunged into mourning for this is the limit just as the war is over which cuts parties etc. right out!! No-one would be more cut up if any of my 3 brothers were to die than I should be, but this poor boy had become more of an animal than anything else and was only a brother in the flesh and nothing else!!' The multi sided letter written in pencil is characteristically sickeningly sweet and immature in style and is possibly one of the most important of the letters sent to Freda by the love sick Prince. It comes with its original envelope and a small inscribed 'Bond Street Calendar' for 1919, all contained in a glazed frame.


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Auction: Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, 27th Jun, 2023


Saturday 24th June 9am until 1pm

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