WALLIS, THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS
Wallis Simpson, aka the Duchess of Windsor, was vilified throughout her life.
An orphan borned in misery in Baltimore, in the United States, she collected lovers and even worked in brothels. A fatal beauty, divorced twice, she seduced Prince Edward to the dismay of his father, King George V of England, who hated this "American woman without principles". Enraptured, the prince gave her jewellery and diamonds from the Crown's treasury.
In December 1936, the man who became King Edward VIII renounces the throne for fear of losing his great love. She becomes the most hated woman in Britain.