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The Prince of Wales (left) with Freda Dudley-Ward, and her husband liberal MP William Dudley-Ward
Edward VIII (left) with then mistress Freda Dudley-Ward to whom he wrote whilst in Barbados, and her husband liberal MP William Dudley-Ward
Couple: Freda Dudley Ward, left, pictured with Prince Edward, Viscountess Furness and Prince George of Hanover
A letter written by Edward VIII to his first mistress Freda Dudley Ward, which is set to be sold at auction later this month
The real Freda Dudley Ward is often called Prince Edward's "first love," & the two carried on a long affair. They reportedly met in 1918. At the time, Freda was 23 & a mother to two daughters & had been married for five years to the much older Liberal MP, William Dudley Ward. While Feda & Edward were open about their love for one another in the safety of aristocratic house parties & exclusive nightclubs, their romance was considered quite shameful at the time, since Freda was a married woman.
The Begum of Bhopal escorts Edward Prince of Wales ( Edward VIII/The Duke of Windsor) to the Durbar Hall, India, 1921. Hoping to break up his relationship with married mistress Freda Dudley Ward, his parents - George V & Queen Mary - decided to send him on a tour of India. It didn't work.....
Winifred May, Marquesa de Casa Maury (28 July 1894 – 16 March 1983), universally known by her first married name as Freda Dudley Ward, was an English socialite best known for being a mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII.