The Duchess of Windsor

The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson

by Greg King

Published by: Kensington

608 Pages, 5.97 x 8.98 x 1.63 in

  • ISBN: 9780806541235
  • On Sale: 08/25/2020
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty

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Long before the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, came the first scene-stealing American divorcée to win the heart of a British royal--and forever change the House of Windsor and the lineage of future kings . . .


"A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience."

It was the love story of the century--the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VII abdicated the throne to marry "the woman I love," Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled.

"Never explain, never complain."

Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world. Yet interest in her story remains constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating . . .

"For a gallant spirit, there can never be defeat."

Using previously untapped sources, here is a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that reveals the woman behind the legend, from her birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986. King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, and romance, politicians, dictators, and socialites--as well as feuds and lies--in a real-life fairy tale that bears striking similarities to the controversial decision by Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to step back from their royal duties--in the name of love.

"A sympathetic and believable portrait." --Christian Science Monitor

"One of the most perennial stories ever told." --Booklist