August 18, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Biographer Andrew Lownie is ready to launch a ebook on Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson titled “Traitor King”
  • Lownie drew parallels between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marital life and that of Edward Vlll and Simpson
  • The creator famous the similarities between Harry and his great-granduncle’s wives, royal exits and disputes with the monarchy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ought to “examine” and study from Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson’s expertise as a result of the 2 {couples} seem like on the identical trajectory, a royal biographer has prompt.

Forward of the discharge of his new ebook “Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor,” British biographer Andrew Lownie mentioned the numerous similarities within the tales of the late Duke of Windsor and Prince Harry in an article revealed in the New York Put up.

In 1936, Edward Vlll gave up the British throne to marry Simpson — like Markle, an American divorcée — and withdrew from royal duties to stay overseas. Two years after their 2018 wedding ceremony, Prince Harry moved to California with Markle after stepping again from their roles as working royals.

However Lownie identified that the parallels between Prince Harry and his great-granduncle go far past these.

After giving up royal duties, Edward VIII “by no means fairly reconciled himself to his lack of standing, and the following years had been to be marked by a collection of disputes together with his household,” the creator wrote.

One level of rivalry was who would pay for Edward VIII and his spouse’s safety, with Buckingham Palace insisting that the Duke of Windsor ought to cowl this expense himself. The previous king “in the end loved police safety till his loss of life” in 1972 — a privilege that Prince Harry and Markle are given solely after they’re within the U.Ok., in accordance with Lownie.

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The Sussexes’ determination to stop royal duties reportedly additionally induced a rift between them and the royal household, with biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claiming that the stress between Prince Harry and his older Prince William dates again to 2016 when the previous began relationship Markle.

Whereas Prince Harry personally funds a personal safety workforce for his household within the U.S., he took authorized motion in opposition to the U.Ok. authorities to permit him to pay for police safety, which he misplaced after he stopped being a working royal.

In terms of titles, the Duchess of Windsor was withheld the title of Her Royal Highness. Prince Harry and Markle saved the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex however gave up their HRH titles and agreed to cease utilizing the phrase royal of their industrial and charitable enterprise.

Lownie additionally famous that each Prince Harry and the Duke of Windsor had inherited appreciable wealth however complained that they had been minimize off financially after their withdrawal from royal duties. Each males additionally later complained of “poor parenting” and “fallouts between siblings and sisters-in-law,” in accordance with the biographer.

Lownie went on to level out the similarities in how each {couples} gave interviews, cooperated with biographers and took authorized motion in opposition to newspapers within the wake of their royal departures.

Prince Harry and Markle sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, whereas the Windsors spoke to Kenneth Harris and Wallis wrote articles for McCall’s Journal.

Edward VIII and Simpson every produced memoirs, whereas Prince Harry is ready to launch his memoir later this 12 months. Lownie added that the Sussexes “cooperated” with Scobie, referring to their 2020 biography “Discovering Freedom.”

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Along with these, allegations of mistreatment of employees additionally plagued Markle and the Windsors. The previous actress was accused of “bullying” palace aides when she was a working royal, and Edward VIII and Simpson had been rumored to have “handled their employees in an entitled and unforgiving method,” in accordance with Lownie.

“The Windsors had been frozen out by the royal household. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if the identical technique is deployed in opposition to the Sussexes,” the biographer wrote.

“Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor” will hit the bookshelves on July 5.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Nationwide Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, within the UK and Commonwealth to mark the seventieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage

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