Greetings and salutations. British people feel a certain way about Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) meaning that they either loathe her or love her. I happen to like her. Wallis systematically altered the course of British history, not on purpose, but for the man she loved. Mad props to her. She was an American socialite who hailed from Baltimore, MD. Her third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry her. She was not liked by ‘the Firm’ or British establishment for a couple of reasons. First, she was a woman. Next,she was divorced twice and finally, she was American. But Edward was besotted with her -finding her domineering manner and abrasive irreverence toward his position appealing; in the words of his official biographer, he became “slavishly dependent” on her. Yeah girl, we’ve all been there. Just kidding.
A short while later at an evening party in Buckingham Palace, Edward introduced her to his mother—his father was outraged, primarily on account of her marital history, as divorced people were generally excluded from court. Yikes. But now Camilla is welcomed with open arms. Times change I guess. Oh and I like Camilla as well. But I digress.
Wallis and Edward married one month after he abdicated the throne on 3 June 1937 in France. No one from the Royal family attended their wedding. How very rude. At first, the firm did not accept the Duchess of Windsor and would not receive her formally, although the former King sometimes met with his mother (and siblings) after his abdication. Well, because mother and sons… they dote on each other.
Some biographers have suggested that Wallis’s sister-in-law, Queen Elizabeth (The Queen’s Mum), remained bitter towards her for her role in bringing George VI to the throne (which she may have seen as a factor in his early death) and for prematurely behaving as Edward’s consort when she was his mistress. But Royals hooking up with mistresses is like peanut butter and jelly. They go together well. Seriously.
Upon the Duke’s death from cancer in 1972, the Duchess (Wallis) travelled to the United Kingdom to attend his funeral, staying at Buckingham Palace during her visit. Amazing. The Duchess, increasingly frail and suffering from dementia by this time, lived the remainder of her life as a recluse, supported by both her husband’s estate and an allowance from the Queen. Wallis Simpson had mad style and loved her third husband very much and didn’t give a monkeys’ what anyone thought about her. And that is all anyone can ask for.
Some say that Wallis saved England from being ruled by a weak King. Edward would have been a rubbish King. His heart wasn’t into it. He didn’t read much and hated getting involved with politics. In fact, he was the first modern sovereign who actually discontinued receiving daily reports from Parliament. What the what? One could say that Wallis actually saved England/the Empire. While others say that Wallis saved England from a disastrous demise with the love she had for her man-causing him to abdicate the throne. In fact, blaming Wallis for the abdication seems a bit harsh in my opinion. Yes, I said it. How do you like them apples?