CBC News Interview: ‘Only thing he could do’: Why Prince Andrew stepped down. But will he stay away?

I discussed Prince Andrew’s decision to step away from royal duties for the foreseeable future, the life of King Edward VIII after his abdication in 1936 and the blend of fact and fiction in The Crown series on Netflix.

Here is an excerpt from the interview with Janet Davison at CBC News:

“There aren’t a lot of precedents for this scenario within the Royal Family, but after Edward VIII abdicated in 1936, there was a similar expectation that he would live a quiet life out of the limelight. It didn’t quite work out that way.

“That turned out not to be the case, as he made a very highly publicized visit to Nazi Germany in 1937,” said Toronto-based royal author and historian Carolyn Harris.

“The Duke of Windsor kept trying to carve out a public role for himself after his abdication … [and] ultimately during the Second World War he was sent off to be governor of the Bahamas, which gets him out of Europe. He was never able to find that public role.”

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