‘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.

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  • BillyHW

    He’s got a point there.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    An English monarch going off on the French?
    I bet that’s never happened before!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Shocking, isn’t it?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That cigarette looks photoshopped.

  • cmh

    They never should have been given equality in Canada.

    • Justin St.Denis

      What other ethnicities/groups/communities of humans do you consider unequal to yourself, pray tell?

      • DD_Austin

        All of them….

        except the poles, they’re the only ones who earned their way
        the rest are backward freeloading beggars.

        http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Saint_omer_memorial.jpg/640px-Saint_omer_memorial.jpg

        • Justin St.Denis

          I assume you are Polish or of Polish descent, then?

          • DD_Austin

            Nope, and the fact that you make that assumption says that a lot of other cultures still can’t understand the concept of “earned”

          • Justin St.Denis

            You’re too oblique for me. What the hell are you on about? What are you saying? What makes you “better” than others, specifically? Do you have a turned-up nose? A waxen complexion? Grey eyes? What is it about you that qualifies you to judge and dismiss as you seem to be doing. You are certain,y not a graduate of a Polish university, that’s for sure. They actually insist you learn something before giving you a sheepskin.

          • DD_Austin

            I’d also assume you have a BA, from a Quebec “university”
            It shows.

            No university insists you learn something, you can get a BA
            for just parroting the commie BA profs and paying 20,000.

            As for assuming, I’d assume you can’t read french,
            can’t type in “translate” and didn’t look at the plague on the
            moument.

            Of course I could be wrong, but not on all three

          • Justin St.Denis

            You are wrong all down the line, I’m afraid.

            I have no idea what “plague” you are referring to.

            Little of what you say makes any sense to me.

            You should take maybe take some kind of tranquilizer and get some sleep. You are not sounding coherent.

    • Um, no.

      What should never have happened was letting Trudeau create a francophone oligarchy.

  • DVult

    So he was mad at them because they put their personal desires before their duty and left the empire in the lurch in times of difficulty?

  • canminuteman

    You really have to wonder what was going though their minds at the time. The French and the English have been the bitterest rivals since the beginning of time. Lets create a new country where they will live side by side and rule over each other just to see what happens. It should be good for a laugh.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Dry humour?

  • John

    He complains of their loyalty, but resigns as Monarch to marry a twice divorced women.

    And he complains about the lack of beauty of French Canadian women, yet married a butt-ugly middle-aged American who had once been a whore in Hong Kong.

    Sure some French Canadians are arrogant and some are lazy. And yes, they are somewhat parasitic.

    • favill

      I think you mean Quebecois…many French Canadians live outside of Quebec and add to the GDP and to the Canadian culture. Quebec has been an inward looking society since they were conquered in 1759. Lord Durham’s Report should have been taken more seriously and the equivalent of the Acadian Explusion should have been done to Quebecers. One of the biggest reasons for the 13 Colonies’ ire (and eventual departure from the British Empire) was that when Quebec was conquered the 13 Colonists’ men who took part in the attack were not given land grants in Quebec like had been done in previous wars for the Crown as a reward for a successful campaign. In other words, the USA would still be part of BNA had the Quebecers been expelled and their farms and land given to the men who conquered Quebec on behalf of the English Crown. I would suggest to you that many of the men who had fought on the side of the American Revolution were also veterans of the Quebec campaign–men who had a grudge against the British–who would not have been available to fight had they been busy with their own farms further north in Quebec and whose sons would have been loyal to the Crown and willing to fight on its behalf. The Americans like to give the reason of no taxation without representation…but George Washington was a major in the British Army and fought in the French-Indian Wars–he was hoping to increase his land holdings.

      • Justin St.Denis

        French Canadians that I know regard “Québécois” as “French Canadians who happen to reside in Quebec”.

        • favill

          Yeah…but Quebecois don’t consider themselves Canadian…except when they’re overseas and are in a jam. You obviously have never lived in Quebec for an extended period of time or if you do you’re being disingenious. I was in a NATO camp in Banja Luka, Bosnia made up of Canadians, Brits and Dutch…for the Canada Day celebrations there were more Dutch and Brits at the party….since the Vingt-Deuxs were the deployed unit…the few Anglos (about 20% of the “Canadians”) in the camp were the only Canadians in our contingent. All the Francos not on duty made it a point not to attend the event.

          • Justin St.Denis

            BTW, the word is “disingenuous”, and I am not.

            Yes, I have lived in Quebec for extended time periods. I still own property there in the Laurentians because my family and I are skiers. I also served in the military – in a war zone – for almost two decades. Your experience seems unique – very unique. Incredible, even. Especially given our all volunteer military.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …me old man told me the F-C’s tossed their SMLE rifles into the ocean when they boarded troop ships destined for Europe…

  • Millie_Woods

    I can see him sounding off on French Canadians lack of loyalty to the crown but his comments about French Canadian women is untrue and serves to illustrate the lack of class he exhibited in his personal life. What a wanker.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Same thing crossed my mind. Then again, that inbreeding thing! 😉

  • Rick

    I believe that had Edward VIII been allowed to marry Mrs. Simpson and still retain the crown as was his wish the monarchy would be finished by now. Instead the crown passed to a more mature man whose daughter has been a beacon and an example of what public service should be.

    • ntt1

      he was playing footsy with fascism and was slated to return and rule Britain after a Nazi victory. his appointment as governor of Bermuda was more exile than anything else.

  • andycanuck

    Here’s the tour on film…
    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/prince-of-wales-in-canada-2
    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/prince-of-wales-tour-across-canada

    There was alot of emphasis on the war given the time frame.

    And I think in one of the 1920s tours (and not the 1919 one) he was shaking literally thousands of veterans’ hands at open events so that the King even admonished him for it.

  • ntt1

    he was a nasty weak little man. while popular in his youth as he approached power his weaknesses appalled many …like turdeau 2

  • … says the guy who befriended Nazis.