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2 May 2012

Hero - Wallis Simpson


I have always been fascinated by the story of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, well to be honest I am fascinated by anything to do with royalty!  But there was something about this particular story that has stayed which me and intrigued me.  I began to read more and more and watched anything I could find on the subject. I found myself sympathising with Wallis Simpson, so much so that she is now on my heroes list, and she is first here in my new blog series.

"During those months of waiting she made up her mind that as far as lay in her power she would make the Duke happy, it would be her life's work from now on."
"He fell deeply, obsessively and permanently in love with her; it happened gradually and once it had happened he remained in love with her until the day he died"  
 Quotations from The Duchess of Windsor by Diana Mosley

These quotes are a lot to do with why I like Wallis so much. Ok, so they might be by a good friend of theirs but through reading many other sources I do honestly believe Wallis loved Edward and theirs was a great love story.  I am a bit of a soppy romantic! 


Wallis deserves to be on my hero list because firstly she was a normal middle class woman that married a prince, and obviously an inspiration to us all! Haha! She was a style icon, she was a strong woman and not afraid to follow her heart. Yes Edward gave up the throne for her but she gave up any hope of a normal life, she was hounded by the press, who printed very hurtful things, and was hated by the whole country.

If you would like to find out more about her...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallis_Simpson

Or check out one of these...

  1. The latest film, I LOVED it, but frankly I would love any film about her! (I skip over the fact it was directed randomly by Madonna, not the biggest fan!) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1536048/
  2. An old film, but this one has a lot to do with why I found myself liking her so much. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451265/
  3. A very interesting read, but a somewhat biased point of view written by a good friend of theirs. http://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Woman-Simpson-Duchess-Windsor/dp/0297858963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335808781&sr=8-1
  4. A new book which provides a more balanced viewpoint.  (There are so many biographies on Wallis, but this is one of the best and most well respected)  http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Duchess-Windsor-A-Memoir/dp/1908096144/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335808831&sr=8-3

All photos on this post (aside from those otherwise stated above) are from http://www.npg.org.uk/

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