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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
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.