When Edward VIII died in 1972 at age 77, he relatively left a legendary romance of a British king who quit the throne to wed the American lady he liked– but in reality, it was far from a fairy tale.
The relationship between Edward and socialite Wallis Simpson is explored in Smithsonian Channel’s docuseries entitled “Private Lives of the Monarchs,” which aims to discover the “illegal affairs and secret scandals” hidden behind palace doors. It previously checked out the life of Queen Elizabeth II’s more youthful sibling, the late Princess Margaret, who was previously depicted by the press as a “playgirl” who wasn’t scared to challenge tradition.
U.K.-based historian and royal author Tracy Borman, who is also the show’s host, informed Fox News she was surprised to learn how compulsive the Duke of Windsor was over the divorcee.
” There’s a myth that he had one of history’s greatest love affairs– however it is a misconception,” she explained. “Quiting the throne for the love of a female sounds incredibly romantic, however if you dive deep into Edward’s character and into his relationship with Wallis, you’ll recognize that it’s not all as it appears. He was really an extremely flawed character. He grew up with all sorts of insecurities. He was quite childlike when it concerned females. And you certainly see that when it comes to his relationship with Wallis. She’s nearly like a mom figure to Edward.”
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor getting here at the nation house of Major Edward Dudley Metcalfe in Coleman’s Hatch, Sussex, their first check out to England in three years, circa1939
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According to her research study, Borman discovered that Simpson might have felt suffocated by the marital relationship, which lasted until Edward’s death. The couple originally got married in 1937.
” You get this sensation that, while you must be deeply grateful that this man offered up the throne for you, she really found him a bit excessive,” stated Borman. “She desires to escape him and has an affair. I was just really surprised by all of that when we were doing some of the research study for this series. It simply wasn’t what I was anticipating. I was anticipating romance and excellent sacrifices. It turned out to be so different from that. Probably, Edward did the finest thing by renouncing the throne. I’m unsure he would have made an excellent king, to be honest.”
When Edward initially satisfied Simpson in the fall of 1930, she was still married to her 2nd hubby, American-born British shipbroker Ernest Simpson. For decades, Simpson was implicated of trapping Edward in a seductive web as part of her strategy to end up being queen.
But Borman presumes Edward had no desire to end up being king of England to start with.
The Duke (1894 – 1972) and Duchess (1896 – 1986) of Windsor, (previously Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson) at their home, the Vacation home La Croe in Cap D’Antibes, Cannes in France, where they spent the New Year, circa1939
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” He was always looking for a reason,” she shared. “He hated the attention. Hated being in the spotlight. He had a challenging relationship with his daddy. If it weren’t for Wallis, he may have used something else. I genuinely believe it would have been something else that would have made him quit the throne.”
According to her findings, it was Edward who quickly ended up being captivated by Simpson. His love towards her, even after their marriage, was explained by Borman as “clingy and cloying.”
” He just wanted her all to himself,” said Borman. “He was rather suffocating when it pertained to his love for Wallis. That’s why there were reports of her having an affair– to leave. It would have been disastrous for the monarchy. He just wished to be in her company all the time and it was really clear that for him, Wallis was everything. She was enough for him to give up the crown. It was a weight of duty raised. However … all of this should have felt such a pressure for her to be everything that Edward desired. He simply desired to be with her 24/ 7. They were seldom[apart] And he quickly ended up being quite jealous [if] she spoke with any other man.”
” Ironically, this suffocating habits actually drove her from him,” Borman continued. “They certainly never ever separated, but it really made her wish to have area since he was just desperate to have her totally. … He didn’t know how to act around others. He just desired what he desired. And when the government informed him he could not have Wallis, it became this huge fascination.”
The Duchess of Windsor using a gown, reclining on a chaise.
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Borman also mentioned that Edward was interested with Americans, which only tempted him into more falling for Wallis. He would even practice consulting with an American accent and had actually clothes delivered to him from the U.S., which supposedly appalled his dad, King George V.
” He appreciated the American dream– that if you strive enough for something if you actually go for it, you can get whatever you desire,” stated Borman. “There was something in that confident characteristic of Americans that Edward fell totally in love with.”
After their marriage, Edward and Simpson lived in Paris but they hoped to return to England, the New York City Times reported. But in 1940, he was given the governorship of the Bahamas, where the couple remained for 5 years. Simpson kept hectic by working for the Red Cross and raising cash for charities. In 1961, she insisted that sending out the duke to the Bahamas was truly a plan to eliminate him.
” My husband has actually been penalized like a little young boy who gets a spanking every day of his life for a single transgression,” she stated at the time, as reported by the outlet.
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor go to Maurice Chevalier Opening on October 4, 1968 at the Theatre Champs-Elysees in Paris, France.
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Still, the couple stayed together despite their differences, the outlet kept in mind. They even went on to spend the majority of their time in urban settings regardless of Edward’s love of the countryside and gardening due to the fact that she preferred cities. And while he didn’t care for social affairs, he still attended them with Simpson by his side.
The couple had no children and Simpson stayed single for her final years. She passed away in 1986 at age 89.
Borman stated she knows that Meghan Markle, an American, is still compared to Simpson. Nevertheless, she finds those comparisons unreasonable.
” It’s not like [her husband] Prince Harry has actually quit anything,” she explained. “He is way down in the order of succession. And individuals do desire a different life, even members of the royal household. Not all always want to belong to that rigorous procedure that features the function. It’s a genuine pity since she and Harry were a big force of helpful for the monarchy. But I don’t blame them in [stepping back].”
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England.
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” I suppose that on a really simplistic level, yes, here is a British prince running off with an American and apparently quiting whatever for her,” she shared. “But that’s improbable. These are different times and two extremely various couples. Harry and Meghan are a solidly contemporary couple who do not desire to work within an ancient facility. They wish for privacy and household and just a life they can call their own. Just like the story of Edward and Wallis, the among Meghan and Harry is far more complex.”
” Personal Lives of the Monarchs” airs Sunday, May 24 th at 8 p.m. EST on the Smithsonian Channel.
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