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The parallels between Prince Harry and his great-granduncle Edward VIII, who left the British throne for an American divorcée, go far beyond their wives

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But both princes changed their ways after they joined the army and became passionate about their military careers.

Edward pictured on the Italian Front during World War I.

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Edward, who trained for the Royal Navy, was commissioned into the army after World War I began in 1914. The young Prince of Wales was desperate to be on the front lines, but the Secretary of State for War at the time, Herbert Kitchener, refused. 

“What difference is it if I am killed? The king has four other sons,” Edward once asked Kitchener, according to the Times obituary. 

“If I were certain you would be killed, sir, I don’t know whether I should be right to restrain you,” Kitchener responded. “What cannot permit is the chance of the enemy securing you as his prisoner.” 

Edward was eventually allowed to serve in France. Although he was “never permitted in the front lines for long, he was under fire several times and performed his duty well,” the obituary reads. 

The future king later told his father that the reason he didn’t wear his military medals was because he had “always been kept well out of danger” during the war. 

“I feel so ashamed to wear medals which I only have because of my position, where there are so many thousands of gallant officers, who lead a terrible existence in the trenches and who have been in battles of the fiercest kind (many severely wounded or sick as a result) who have not been decorated,” reads the letter, which was published in the Times. 

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