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.
Wallis Simpson was an American socialite and divorcee. She was married to her second husband, Ernest Simpson, when she met King Edward VIII in 1931, who was at the time the Prince of Wales.
Overtime, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson developed a courtship and by 1934, Wallis was considered the Prince's mistress.