The Order of the Dragon
Fiends in high places? Perhaps, but the symbol of the dragon has been part of family crests and royal trappings for hundreds of years now, pre-dating the Fall. Many of the royals and nobles still living, as well as the wealthy, claim membership in the Order of the Dragon. Their main interest is to maintain the status quo despite the Fall, thus keeping themselves safe and in relative luxury. They fill an important role in our society – they keep the supply chains functioning, transport, agriculture, trade in England. They provide and fund guards, law enforcement (see Scotland Yard), the military (Whitehall), jails, hospitals, etc.
I have as yet no definitive proof as to their intentions or motives other than the above. I suspect, however, that there are a great many fingers in the dragon pie. Edward and his family still live, but whether they have power or authority is another question entirely.