Bitch Wallis Simpson’s lawyer proposed to buy Wallis out to spare King Edward VIII

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These days, Wallis Simpson is being discussed a lot. Surprisingly, the Telegraph’s latest history lesson is not a desperate attempt to draw a comparison between Wallis and the Duchess of Sussex. A brief primer: Wallis Simpson was an American divorcee who had several tragic affairs in the 1930s, and one of her lovers was with the then Prince of Wales and then King Edward VIII. Historian Christopher Wilson has made an in-depth study of all government documents from 1936, the Year of the Three Kings. The year King George V died, King Edward VIII ascended the throne and abdicated, leaving his younger brother (King George VI, father of Elizabeth II) as king. Big headline from Wilson’s research: Wallis Simpson’s lawyer suggested the government buy him out to end his relationship with King.

As the abdication crisis reached its tipping point in late 1936, was Wallis Simpson ready and prepared for her upcoming marriage to King Edward VIII? Newly seen Cabinet documents indicate that, at the height of the crisis, the question of a cash settlement to get rid of the twice-divorced American was actually proposed by his lawyer.

Had the agreement been reached, it could have had far-reaching consequences to this day, 88 years later, which would have resulted in a different monarch occupying the throne – not King Charles. The offer mercifully came to naught. But for a moment it seemed as if, in exchange for a large sum of money, “the woman I love” would abandon the unfortunate king to his fate and disappear over the horizon.

This is evidenced in the contemporary account of Sir Horace Wilson, the senior Whitehall mandarin who was tasked by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin with collating the reams of information coming in as the crisis escalated. Although it came as a seismic shock to the outside world, the hasty ouster of a wrongful king and the installation of a credible replacement appeared to be a seamless process administered with professionalism and dignity. But according to Wilson’s papers, nothing could be further from the truth – the whole thing was a sham, which could have ended with the current 88-year-old Duke of Kent becoming king.

As the clock ticked towards December 11, I saw a picture of panic and despair, the day King Edward signed the abdication letter – among people who should have been better prepared. In all, it took only 25 days from the time Edward told the Prime Minister that he was going to marry Mrs. Simpson to his ignominious flight into oblivion.

Despite being told that a marriage between the head of the Church of England and a divorced man would create a constitutional crisis, the King was confident he could have his cake and eat it too – “You Queen, India There will be a “whole bag of tricks”, he promised Wallis. And meanwhile, in Whitehall, there was a shocking misbelief that Edward could easily be prevented by financial sanctions from taking an impossible step.

Those in the know knew from the moment Edward ascended the throne in January 1936 that there were problems with his relationship with Mrs Simpson. It was well known that he had yielded to her superior will. King George V similarly predicted that his son and successor would not survive as sovereign. Yet no formal preparations were made – no Plan B was prepared. And so in the Wilson papers we see the first signs of the wheels falling off…

Horace Wilson came to meet Wallis’s attorney, Theodore Goddard. Wilson notes incredulously: “After some further conversation, I discovered that what Mr. Goddard was really saying was what price could be paid to clear Mrs. Simpson.”

The civil servant, a veteran of many cabinet crises, finds himself speechless at the idea of ​​providing massive payouts to get rid of the problem. When Goddard realizes he has overshot his target, he abandons the idea like a hot potato.

[From The Telegraph]

Is it funny that the Prime Minister did not agree with the idea of ​​paying Wallis to spare the King? Like… if they had more imagination this could actually be the solution to all their problems. But it is also clear that Edward VIII had irritated all the British power players, was too weak-willed and too compromising across the board. What’s interesting about these newly discovered documents is that the government didn’t trust King George VI, then Duke of York, at all. They saw him as a scared mama’s boy who wasn’t cut out for the job.

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