Prince Harry suggests the Queen ‘banished’ Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson to the Royal Cemetery
Prince Harry has suggested his late grandmother the Queen dealt a final blow to Edward VIII and his American socialite wife Wallis Simpson by ‘banishing’ them to the Royal Burial Ground and burying them ‘away from everyone else’ – 36 years later former king “renounce the crown for love”.
Harry, 38, whose own exit from the royal family along with his Los Angeles-born wife Meghan Markle has been compared to the experiences of Edward and Wallis on several occasions, hints at spare his grandmother made in the opening pages of his explosive memoir the decision to bury the couple in a distant place as a “final scolding.”
Recalling a moment when he found himself alone in the Royal Cemetery, Frogmore, while awaiting a meeting with his brother William and father Charles, Harry described the place as the “final resting place for so many of us, including… … of the controversial Wallis Simpson. As well as her doubly controversial husband, Edward, who was King and my great-great uncle.’
He continues: “After ceding the throne to Wallis and leaving Britain with her, the pair began to worry about her eventual return and became obsessed with being buried [in the Royal Burial Ground].
Prince Harry suggests in his memoir Spare that the Queen ‘banished’ the late Edward VIII and socialite Wallis Simpson to the Royal Cemetery at Frogmore
The 38-year-old Duke writes that his late grandmother agreed to bury Edward and Wallis at the Royal Burial Ground but that they were “placed apart from everyone else”.
Harry then suggests that this move was the Queen’s way of giving the couple “perhaps one last scolding.” Perhaps a final exile
“The Queen, my grandmother, agreed to her request, but she placed her away from everyone else under a sloping plane tree.”
Edward and Wallis: A Scandal That Shook a Nation
January 1931 – Wallis meets Prince Edward in January 1931 after being introduced to him by her friend Lady Furness
1931-1934 – The American divorcee and the heir to the throne regularly see each other at different parties
Aug 1934 – Wallis admits that she and Edward aren’t just friends anymore after she joined him on a cruise
January 1936 – King George V dies. Edward asks Wallis to watch the proclamation of his accession with him from St James’s Palace
Aug 1936 – The couple is enjoying a cruise around the Adriatic Sea with friends. Details of their relationship appear in the American press
December 11, 1936 – Edward announces his retirement
June 3, 1937 – The couple are getting married in the south of France. Valais was officially known as the Duchess of Windsor, but was not allowed to share her husband’s title “Royal Highness”.
Harry then suggests that this move was the Queen’s way of giving the couple “perhaps one last scolding.” Perhaps a final exile.
Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate the throne in December 1936 to marry ex-American Wallis shook the monarchy and the country to its core – and sparked a controversy of epic proportions that is now seen as the almost eerie premonition of scandal , which erupted as a result of the Megxit.
Harry came close to making a direct comparison between himself and Edward, Meghan and Wallis, but the similarities between the two couples – and the sensational consequences of their royal departures – are clear to the reader.
Later in Spare, Harry returns to the subject of Edward’s abdication and his relationship with Wallis, telling of the former king’s abdication that he “renounces the crown for love”.
Edward married Wallis, who was considered unfit to be queen after being married twice, in Tours, France, a year after he had ceased to be king.
After finding herself at the center of one of the most scandalous love affairs of the 20th century, Wallis has faced harsh criticism and received abusive and hostile hate mail.
In 1937 she and Edward went to Germany to meet Hitler before the atrocities of World War II, and her husband was keen for her to experience the pomp and ceremony of a royal tour that Wallis was denied in England.
Edward became governor of the Bahamas between 1940 and 1945 and the couple spent the rest of his days enjoying the lives of high society figures.
When Edward died in 1972, Wallis became something of a recluse and was rarely seen in public before her death in 1986 at the age of 89.
She was buried next to her husband in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore House.
According to Harry, Wallis and Edward “were obsessed with being buried [in the Royal Burial Ground]’ after moving abroad
The Duke of Sussex doesn’t make direct comparisons between himself and Meghan and Edward and Wallis, but there are numerous similarities between the couples
Frogmore Cottage, one of the properties on the estate’s grounds, was where Prince Harry and Meghan lived before moving to California last year.
Numerous parallels can be drawn between Edward and Wallis and Harry and Meghan; Both couples lived abroad after leaving the royal family – the former in France, while the Sussexes now live in California – and both gave television interviews after leaving the monarchy.
Edward and Wallis stunned the world when they opened up about their experiences in a telltale session with the BBC in 1970 – more than 50 years before Harry and Meghan sparked a similar scandal with their explosive Oprah interview in March 2021.
However, Harry doesn’t address these comparisons head-on in Spare, choosing instead to make only a handful of references to Edward and Wallis – although many readers will no doubt draw the parallels themselves without much difficulty.
Elsewhere in the book, the Duke of Sussex is much more direct and to the point, making a series of explosive claims and allegations about his family members – including accusing his brother William of physically assaulting him during an altercation in the grounds of Kensington Palace have 2019.
Harry claims his brother – whom he at one point describes as his “nemesis” – had branded Meghan “rude”, “difficult” and “abrasive” during an argument which, according to the Duke of Sussex, ended with William throwing him to the floor.
He also blames William and Kate for his infamous decision to wear a Nazi uniform to a costume party in 2005, and claims the Prince and Princess of Wales encouraged him to wear the controversial attire when he asked their opinion.
Spare was due to be officially released on January 10, however several excerpts from the book were released early – both the Guardian and Page Six published excerpts late Wednesday night.
It was then revealed that the memoir had accidentally gone on sale early in Spain – leading to multiple leaks.
The Spanish version, entitled En La Sombra, which translates to “In the Shadows,” reveals that Harry dedicated his memoir “Para Meg, Archie y Lili… y, for supuesto, mi madre” – “For Meg, Archie and Lili … and of course my mother’.
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