‘These bloody French Canadians!’: Vitriolic letter in which future Edward VIII blasted locals during diplomatic trip to Quebec in wake of WW1

A vitriolic letter written by the future King Edward VIII in which he branded the French Canadians ‘rotten’ and ‘the completest passengers’ during a tour of the country has emerged 96 years later.

The Prince of Wales – the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary – could not hide his resentment towards the French Canadians in the private letter he penned on a visit to Quebec.

In the letter written a few months after World War One to his mistress Freda Dudley Ward, the 25-year-old Edward expresses his disgust at their reluctance to support the British Empire.