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The Illicit Relationship Between American Socialite Wallis Simpson And British King Edward Viii

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American socialite Wallis Simpson, the “Woman”, king Edward VIII gave up his throne for, Why was Edward so attracted to Wallis, she wasn't young nor beautiful, she was square-jawed and masculine, her voice was “scratchy”, so why did Edward abdicate the throne for her? was it “love” or obsession? Did Edward corner Wallis into getting married; did she feel obliged after what she put everyone through? Did Wallis cause this controversy alone or did Edward play a big part in the era later called the abdication crisis? Did she want to get out of her suicidal lover's obsessive clutches or did Wallis love the, Jewellery, attention, money and power she had over the king of England, The most powerful ...view middle of the document...

Edward began an affair with Lady Thelma Furness in 1931, who Invited Wallis and Ernest to a Party and this is where Wallis and Edward met.

Wallis was born in Pennsylvania on 19-6-1896. she was called Bessie Wallis-Warfield; she was embarrassed so dropped her first name, 'cows were called Bessie', Wallis was an only child. Her father died shortly after her birth, her mother found difficulty in providing for Wallis so they moved in with Wallis’s wealthier Uncle Solomon Davies-Warfield, he contributed for Wallis to attend the most expensive girls' school in Maryland, Oldfield’s, where she rebelled smoking, absconding, and having boyfriends, with her closest friend Mary Kirk

In 1901, Wallis's aunt Bessie Merryman became widowed and Wallis and her mother moved in with her, until they could afford an apartment and eventually a house of their own.

Wallis married Lieutenant Earl Winfield-Spencer, a U.S navy pilot in 1916. Their relationship was full of separation and loneliness. Some say Wallis during her ‘Lotus Years’ had affairs with argentine diplomat ‘Felipe de Espil’ and ‘Count Galeazzo Ciano’ who became foreign minister and Mussolini’s future son-in-law and got pregnant which led to a botched abortion that left her unable to conceive, but this rumor is unconfirmed, “Win” became an abusive alcoholic, she gained confidence to leave and on the 10-12-1927 they divorced.

6 months later Wallis married Ernest Aldrich-Simpson, he divorced his wife to marry Wallis they married on the 21-7-1928 and moved to London. Wallis enjoyed the security Ernest offered, he didn’t hurt her like her previous husband and they had a reasonable income. They were enjoying London social life. Until wallis and edward met.

In 1934, during her second marriage to Ernest, Wallis became the mistress of Edward. Wallis assumed she was in control, the last thing Wallis wanted to do was lose her easy-going husband Ernest, who was impressed that the future king of England adored his wife, he assumed, like Wallis that it would end soon, But by the end of 1934, Edward was besotted with Wallis,

At an event in Buckingham Palace, he introduced Wallis to his parents; they were outraged and disgraced by their son’s behavior, 'divorced people were usually prohibited from court'. Edward showered Wallis with gifts and vacations in Europe. The affair interfered with Edwards duties. Many blame Wallis because she seduced the prince but its likely that she was herself seduced by the glamour and power of being close to the heir of Britain's throne.

King George died in January 1936 and Edward became King Edward VIII. It became obvious that they intended to marry, this made them unpopular among the Conservative-led British government who were distraught that Edward intended to marry a twice divorced American woman with 2 living ex husbands as were his relatives. The foreign media unlike the British media widely reported the scandal

The British did not permit the remarriage of divorced...

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