In 1970, two years before his death, Edward said:There are some people who think that I was wrong to give away my crown. But they dont understand true love.When I was young, I lived in Buckingham Palace. I could have anything that I wanted. But I wasnt happy be-cause my heart was empty.Then I met Wallis and everything changed. For half of my life I have lived here with the most beautiful woman in the world. And she is everything to me.When I sit in my garden with the Duchess by my side, I sometimes think about my early life. I remember the days alone in my bedroom.I remember the teacher who hit me with a stick. I remember the war and my travels around the world.And then I remember the crowds of people below my window, who shouted: Long live love!