I have never liked the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They were a shallow, pleasure-seeking, selfish couple that shook the British Royal Family. I have read all the biographies and autobiographies and listened to the interviews with the Duke, and all I could say was GOOD RIDDANCE. I did appreciate the Queen visiting the Duke in Paris days before he died as he was her favorite uncle when she was a child. But at the time of the famous abdication, this shallow couple showed their colors. The “If -I -can’t- have -my-way” attitude cost him his crown, his family, his country, and his noble place in history. In these kinds of stories, there are always the LETTERS which eventually emerge. Well, here they are. And can you believe it: the Duchess was sending affectionate letters to her second husband all the time, even after her marriage to the Duke. As Shakespeare says: ”Wherein we see the conscience of the King.” Well, in these letters we see the conscience of Wallis Simpson. What a wretched human being. When I was at Frogmore last year, I stood on the path and read all the grave stones in the royal cemetery. And, there were the graves of Wallis and Edward, tucked up under a tree–slightly away from the rest of the family. Fair enough! Well, this biography should put the final nail in the coffin of this miserable and unfortunate couple. We can, however, thank the Duchess for removing a weak and suicidal King from the throne when Britain needed a much stronger figurehead. And the country got this leadership in the persons of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Thank you, Wallis. If you can stand it, I think this will be an interesting read–certainly will validate what we have always known. The best thing the Duchess ever did in life was to leave her massive jewel collection to Institut Pasteur for AIDS research. Yikes, what a story. What a sad little couple whom everyone eventually forgot.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918