Doco sheds shocking new light on love scandal
1936, American socialite and two-time divorcee Wallis Simpson found herself at the centre of a scandal when she was seen to ensnare Edward VIII and lure him from the throne of England. For the documentary Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters, biographer Anne Sebba sifts through a newly discovered cache of never-before-seen documents that contain 15 secret letters written by Wallis Simpson (pictured) around the time of the abdication. The letters, sent mostly from Simpson to her former husband, reveal she was still deeply in love with him, was desperate to avoid marriage to Edward and plotted to escape. They also reveal she attempted to leave Edward, but he threatened to kill himself if she dared such a thing. These letters chart Simpson’s fear, her desperation and loneliness as she was trapped into marriage to the man who should have been king. Their discovery rewrites one of history’s greatest love stories.
Thursday, 9.30pm, ABC1.