An American socialite, she’d been married twice when she met Edward, Duke of Windsor (subsequently called the Prince of Wales), in a party. She became Edward’s mistress, and he’d after abdicate the throne to be with her. This became known as the “abdication crisis” in Britain, which caused much scandal at that time and considerable ethnic coverage afterwards.
The daughter of Baltimoreans Teackle Wallis Warfield and Alice Montague, Wallis lost her first name during her youth. Uncle Warfield paid for Wallis to attend Oldfields School, the priciest girls’ school in Maryland, where she was on top of her class and was known for constantly being immaculately dressed.
The couple wed six months after. Win, as her husband was known, was an alcoholic, as well as in the length of the union was stationed in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and China. He and Wallis would be split for months at a time. When their union started to break down, Wallis spent what she called her “lotus year” in China, traveling alone. Win and Wallis divorced in 1927. Wallis subsequently wed Ernest Aldrich Simpson, an English-American sending executive. They wed in London and moved right into a big flat with several servants.
The prince afterwards recalled that Wallis had a chilly that night and wasn’t at her finest.
In January 1934, Wallis became Prince Edward’s mistress. He refused this to his family, who were outraged at his conduct, but by 1935 she was presented at court as well as the couple had vacationed in Europe multiple times together.
It’d become clear that Edward intended to wed Wallis when she divorced Simpson. This caused a scandal in Britain that is currently called the “abdication crisis.” The consensus in the Church of England along with the old-fashioned British organization was that Edward couldn’t marry a divorced woman who still had two living exhusbands. The king’s ministers also disapproved, finding Wallis’s conduct unacceptable. Britons were unwilling to accept an American as queen. In this time, Wallis fled to France to prevent the substantial press coverage.
On December 5, 1936, after Edward was told that couldn’t keep the throne and marry Wallis, he chose to abdicate. On December 11, 1936, Edward made a BBC program, saying he couldn’t do his job as king with no support of “the girl I adore.” In May of the next year, Wallis’s divorce was made final, as well as on June 3, 1937, she became the Duchess of Windsor.
Subversive and lively, their nickname represents their association. Wallis had charm and sex appeal. She was renowned for her brain and her fashion. Though apparently unimportant, Wallis played a cataclysmic job later on of the British monarchy.