“The American Divorcee who became the turning point and the ruin of the members of the British Royal Family” – A sensual title and signage that some may have somewhat reserved for a very modern personality, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and most recently ex-royal.
A divorcee and an aspiring actress in Hollywood, she was the one that stole Prince Harry’s heart, and eventually led him to the Duke of Sussex’s departure from the monarchy’s official obligations this very week.
But as it happens, our dear Meghan Markle is not so novel after all. No wonder HRH Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t that shocked when hearing the couple’s rather sensational decision back in January.
Rather, she had been prepared for something like this since her very own childhood – through a very distinct memory of Her Highness’ auntie Wallis Simpson!
And now her biopic rights have been sold from the original author to the Gotham Company, a singular movie-making company, with Cate Blanchett offered to play the scandalous royalty.
If you are remotely interested and learned in modern British Royal Family history, or happened to have watched ‘The Crown” on Netflix, the name Wallis Simpson should bring a dramatic tang to your well-versed tongue, indeed a character of the 20th Century British history, without exaggeration.
Wallis Simpson, born 19 June 1896 and dead 24 April 1986, a.k.a. Duchess of Windsor, was a former two-time divorcee, a heavy socialite and the successful temptress of the then King Edward VIII.
At the time of their love affair, the Church of England strictly forbade marriages between one or both members who happened to be divorced and their respective divorce partners still alive.
What the King did for the sake of his love was truly romantic and at the same time a Constitutional crisis. To marry “the woman I love”, as quoted, he left the throne in one swift decision in December 1936, which left his brother to take the throne.
And that was King George VI, father to the current Regina HRH Elizabeth II. So it is very safe to say that Wallis Simpson has changed the history of the Windsor’s history, changing the course of the whole entirety of the British monarchy as well.
After their marriage, several more scandals had to be issued and subjected before there was an actual revision in the Royal Acts of Marriage, leading the current members of the royal family to choose whomever they sought to marry. Hence it was possible for Meghan to marry Harry, a divorcee herself.
And now these woman coalesce once more in their pathway to leaving their legacy in the British Monarchy. How will this play out? We can only watch and speculate, but let’s hope Blanchett’s possible new career choice may give us an introspect into the matter!
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