King Edward VIII abdicated in December of 1936, less than a year after he ascended in January, to marry divorcee (and still-married) Wallis Simpson.
But before his ascension (i.e. during the reign of his father King George V), was it widely expected he was going to force a marriage to Simpson? I understand that the abdication was unusual and a surprise, but was it even conceived of, before it came to a head?
By October, it was rumoured in high society and abroad that Edward intended to marry Simpson as soon as she was free to do so
In other words, when did it become an inevitability?