10 of History’s Most Famous Black Sheep
Less than favorite sons (and daughters)
Edward, Duke of Windsor, abdicated the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. “While this has been cast as one of the greatest romances ever,” writes Benjamin, “it was actually a dysfunctional relationship where both partners cheated, drank themselves to oblivion, and collaborated with the Nazis. Seriously. The former Edward VIII and his wife even met Hitler at his holiday home. Hitler’s plan was to make Edward a puppet king after he invaded England.” The royal family was so embarrassed by the former king’s unabashed Nazi sympathies that they exiled him to the Caribbean for the whole of World War II.