Doco sheds shock­ing new light on love scan­dal

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

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.

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