EDWARD VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women

EDWARD VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women

CATHERINE ARNOLD    Book Number: 88776    Product format: Hardback

The women loved by Edward, Prince of Wales, or "Bertie" as he was known, had one thing in common: they were nothing like his mother, Queen Victoria. Bertie's wife Alix endured his endless indiscretions from the word go, always claiming that he loved her the best. The actress Lillie Langtry became Bertie's first public mistress, cantering with him down Rotten Row in her skin-tight riding habit. She was succeeded by Jennie Churchill, wife of the dissolute Randolph, who was tipped to become Prime Minister. Another political mistress was Daisy Countess of Warwick, who later stood for parliament as a Labour candidate. Scandal pursued Bertie throughout his life, and when he was summoned as a witness in the Tranby Croft baccarat trial, his own gambling addiction became public. The great diva of the theatre Sarah Bernhardt was another of his passions. Bertie's last mistress was Alice Keppel, the impoverished wife of a Scottish aristocrat who kept herself in frocks by a series of affairs and was "irresistibly attractive to bank managers". The couple met at a fancy dress ball to celebrate queen Victoria's jubilee, and within weeks Alice was Bertie's official mistress. Bertie was now fat and middle-aged, and Lillie Langtry's playful habits such as shoving ice cream down his neck were no longer so alluring. Alice had dignity, but was young enough to take the initiative in sexual encounters with the corpulent prince. Her daughter Violet, later to be Vita Sackville-West's lover, remembered calling him "Kingy" when he visited. Keppel, an ancestor of the Duchess of Cornwall, was present at Bertie's coronation and at his deathbed eight years later. 291pp, black and white photos.
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ISBN 9781250069146
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