Fair and balanced account. Much more in-depth than most about Wallis and her motivations and upbringing. Some of the psychological speculation is a little annoying.
An interesting, unbiased biography of the American woman who became the Duchess of Windsor. Wallis Simpson was crucified by the British public as the immoral woman who stole the heart of their darling King, causing him to abdicate so they could be married, as she was already twice divorced and disallowed to become Queen. The author tells the story from Wallis' perspective, discussing her unstable childhood and need to find security through a good, prosperous marriage match. She discovers through her research that the Duchess didn't always want the King to abdicate and many times tried to break off their lifelong love affair. This book also has many fashion and decor side notes for those interested in the frivolity of life as a royal! Ultimately, as sad love story between two people in the world spotlight.
Fascinating - especially for the yeras before she met King Edward. I do question the speculation that Wallis may have had a hermaphrodite-like condition (who knows really, due to the secrecy/shame issues around that at that time). I found this a great background for the many films/tv series on the notorious pair (the most riduculous being Madonna's "W.E." and the best was a DVD from SPL - "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" (1981).
Not the first book I've read on the Duchess, this one confirms what other books did not explain as clearly: in her desire for wealth, power and excitement, Wallace Simpson became trapped in a situation and a relationship she did not want, that is to leave Ernest Simpson to marry Edward VIII. Since David renounced the thrown for her, she had no choice but to go ahead with it. Although devoted to each other, the Duke and Duchess were to share the next thirty years while living a life devoid of true meaning. Described as the most fascinating love story of the twentieth century, the life of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Is nothing but an empty one.
As much as you want to root for Wallis and David, when reading the book you realize how shallow and vain they both were. They were all for the show and rubbing their imagined stature in other peoples faces. David would have made an awful king as he just wanted a nanny and neither David nor Wallis would ever have been able to put their subjects first. Hurrah for the Royal Family for standing up for morals and sticking to their guns.
An in depth account of Wallis Simpson all the way up to her last days!
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