Princess Mary, Prince George, and Prince Edward.
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|why do you like Wallis?|
Okay, this is kind of a messy one! I am writing from my POV (LadyTudorRose) and only my POV.
So I will make a list!
1. Obviously as an American royal fan and someone who loves fashion, and whose family comes from the same are as Wallis’s, there is some identification here. Most women who marry royalty come from royal or aristocratic backgrounds, and Wallis is one of the few who didn’t. It’s comparable to the affinity a lot of royal fans feel for Kate.
3. History has given her such a raw deal it’s hard not to be sympathetic.
4. Excellent fashion sense. Fashionistas are still dressing like Wallis today.
5. There’s also this element of envy, which is why I think a lot of girls may like Wallis. I’m a pretty boring person as far as my personal life is concerned. I don’t even kiss boys until we’ve been dating for a month, and I can’t really flirt or anything. A lot of girls are very reserved because we don’t want to be called sluts, which can really ruin your whole life. And a lot of girls wish they had the confidence to go out and be that girl who can pluck her eyebrows and do her make-up, put on some slinky cocktail dress, and flirt with that guy every other girl wants and then take him home knowing full well it’ll probably end in heartbreak. I would probably never be Wallis; I would be her boring friend from highschool who ended up becoming a librarian or something.
6. Well, I like David and he loved Wallis so much it would make no sense not to like her! Honestly I’ve always thought people who liked one of them and hated the other weren’t real fans.
7. Reading her letters and memoirs, Wallis kinda gets me in a way. Like, that whole feeling of being a rich girl trapped in a poor girl’s body. I’ve been there. I’m still there, actually. And being anxious about everything. I’ve been there too.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the Bahamas - Nov. 3, 1940
From Corriere d’America Italian-American newspaper
Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) when he was Prince of Wales in his robes for his father’s Coronation, 1911
The duke and duchess of Windsor by F Earl Christy. 1930s
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on holiday in Croatia, 1936.
Edward VIII and Lord Mountbatten rest during a game of tennis in Trinidad, 1920.
Gushing letter from Edward VIII to his married lover reveals his frustration at having to miss a rendezvous to go on a family trip to ‘the f****** opera’
An extraordinary letter written by the future King Edward VIII to his first mistress…
|Do you like Philip Ziegler's official biography on Edward?|
There’s some really good things about it but also some really bad. I feel like he has a lot of veiled hostility (to the point of misogyny) towards Wallis. On the other hand I would say it is the most in-depth biography of Edward’s life yet.
|Were David and Wallis racists in any way?|
Yes. I know Wallis used the n-word on at least one occasion, and David made some disparaging remarks against Japanese people and Australian Aborigines in his letters to Freda Dudley Ward.
Those sort of attitudes were very typical for their generation and I don’t believe Wallis and David were more racist than was typical, in fact they might have actually been considered more open-minded back in the day.
A gorgeous illustration of Wallis Simpson,. the duchess of Windsor. 1930s.