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the need to ‘keep Ernest in good humour’, she told her aunt Bessie Merryman in a letter, was critical. ‘At the moment, he’s flattered with it all and lets me dine once a week with the prince alone. It all takes a certain amount of tact.’ Reassuringly, she added: ‘I think I do amuse. I’m the comedy relief and we like to dance together but I always have Ernest hanging around my neck so all is safe.’

for the duchess was drawn to clothes laced with a healthy dose of irony and fun. Hubert de Givenchy, who became close to the duchess after her husband's death in remembers making her a cotton dress with wool-embroidered monkeys.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII son of George V and Mary

Edward, Prince of Wales, relationship with Wallis Simpson further weakened his poor relationship with his father, King George V. Although his parents, King George V and Queen Mary met Simpson at Buckingham Palace in they later refused to receive her.

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Strange story of the king and hypnotist doctor.

Strange story of the king and hypnotist doctor

Edouard et Wallis, duc et duchesse de Windsor

Il était une fois… Wallis Simpson et le prince Edward

The Duke & Duchess of Windsor in the Thirties.

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, Budapest, Hungary,

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