Scandalous royal letter reveals how the queen’s father had an affair with a married woman

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An explosive letter written by Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936, shows how he enticed Lady Sheila Loughborough’s husband so that her brother George VI could be alone with her.

The queen's father, King George VI, had an affair with a married woman, a new letter shows
The queen’s father, King George VI, had an affair with a married woman, a new letter shows

An unearthed royal letter reveals how the queen’s father had an affair with a married woman.

Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936, seduced Lady Sheila Loughborough’s husband so that his brother George VI could be alone with her.

The then Prince of Wales persuaded Lord Loughborough to play a round of golf with him as a favor to his brother, who was affectionately called ‘Bertie’.

The bomb bomb, written on June 9, 1919, has come to light after its owner put the letter up for auction.

Edward extended his tortuous invitation to golf when he visited Lord Loughborough’s home, Lankhills, near Winchester, Hampshire, with his brother in 1919.

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George VI (pictured) met Lady Sheila Loughborough at a ball
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Edward VIII (right) revealed the affair in a letter to a lover he was with before marrying Wallis Simpson (left)
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Bertie was said to be in love with Australian socialite Lady Loughborough, although the future monarch’s father, King George V, later warned him not to see her.

In Edward’s letter to his married mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, he wrote: “I just couldn’t hit a golf ball and Bertie hit me in the head, f-he… we headed for Winchester arriving at Lankhills at 5: 30.

“After tea I managed to lure Loughie (Lord Loughborough) on the pretense of wanting to play a few more holes on the local course, to give Sheilie a chance to be alone with Bertie; they said they were tired and we let them…”

The letter was written in 1919 and is now for sale.
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According to the Mail Online, Simon Luterbacher, a specialist at Forum Auctions, said: “A bit of sibling solidarity was at stake when they tried to get George alone with Lady Loughborough.

“It was a bit intriguing of him, and it’s unusual to find a letter that goes into such personal detail.

“The brothers clearly had a strong bond at the time, but this would change in later years with the abdication.”

The letter is worth £2,500 at London-based Forum Auctions, with the sale taking place on February 10.

The letter details how Edward lured Lord Loughborough away from his wife.
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George VI, who was in his early 20s at the time of the letter, met Lady Loughborough at a ball at Stafford House, London, in 1918.

Their relationship lasted until George V reportedly found out in 1920 and offered to make his son Duke of York if he would leave Lady Loughborough.

Later that year, she returned to Australia in an attempt to save her marriage, although the couple continued to charge each other by letter and remained friends.

Soon after, George VI met Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, known to modern generations as the Queen Mother, and they were married in 1923, while his brother left Freda in 1934 and met divorced American Wallis Simpson.

George VI had two daughters with his wife: the queen, then known as Princess Elizabeth, and Princess Margaret.

The Queen Mother sadly passed away in March 2002 aged 101.

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