Last Wednesday afternoon, London time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the British Royal Family.
They intend to become “financially independent” and to split their time between England and North America.
The ‘bombshell’ announcement sparked hysteria among the tabloids and was made even more dramatic by the Queen’s statement: “These are complicated issues”.
Now, Meghan Markle is being compared to another American who previously caused a royal spectacle.
Indeed, Wallis Simpson. Or, “that woman” as she became known.
This is the story of Prince Harry’s great-great-uncle King Edward VIII and his forbidden love, Wallis Simpson – a scandal that changed the reign of the monarchy thereafter.