11 comments on “The Duke and Duchess

  1. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    There was something about her that always rubbed me the wrong way. She was a rather “sharp” woman, I think, no softer angles. And I was never a fan of the way she pursued him, even in the presence of her husband. But the clip is a fascinating insight into their lives.

  2. Katie Armour Post author

    PVE — You nailed it with the elocution. Their story sure is an interesting one!

    Stephanie — I can see how she could easily do so! From what I read she didn’t have much of a life of her own and spent her entire second marriage entertaining the restless Duke. Karma, I suppose.

  3. Aarbella

    Just finished “The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life” (where she basically is sleeping with every man she meets while with the duke, and they both simply adore Hitler) and am about to read another more sympathetic bio of her. I find he was the oddest personality of the two. Karma indeed.

  4. Katie Armour Post author

    Aarbella — I have a copy of “Mrs. Simpson: Secret Lives of the Duchess of Windsor” somewhere on my bookshelf, but I only read a bit. Will have to pick it up again. Their story is bizarre and so many books have been written—I never know what to believe!

  5. Aarbella

    I also have the dual autobiography of Thelma Furness and Gloria Vanderbuilt which I read first; it was interesting to get her take on how Wallis “stole” him from her. The thing that is probably most true no matter what you read, is that they almost certainly never consummated the relationship.

  6. Katie Armour Post author

    Aarbella — Isn’t that wild?? I read that too, in more than one place. I love that you too appreciate a good (auto)biography! Must add this dual Furness/Vanderbilt to my list! xx

  7. Aarbella

    I make them up for my own artwork (I make fake portraits of people) so I like reading ones about real people, but also, I have a library that has been described as something belonging to a wealthy drag queen with a history degree. I’m not sure, but I think that was a compliment.

  8. Shannon

    I just finished read William Shawcross’s biography of the Queen Mother, and it was incredibly interesting to her the perspective she and her husband took of Wallis and the Prince of Wales. Especially since the love affair really changed the path of their lives.

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