BY REBECCA ENGLISH
The Daily Mail
A revealing letter written by Wallis Simpson as she honeymooned with the Duke of Windsor following the abdication crisis has come to light after more than 70 years.
The three-page note boasts how she and the former King Edward VIII, who gave up his crown for love, received 6,000 telegrams on the day they married.
Newlyweds:The couple in Austria
She also reveals that the embattled couple – who were forced to flee England – were cheered by receiving up to 300 letters of support every day.
Her bitterness at being driven from Britain and seeing her husband lose his crown is also clear, however, as she makes a sarcastic and thinly-veiled swipe about the ‘charming’ English race.
Affectionately, Wallis: Part of the letter to her cousin
The couple married in France, at the Chateau de Cande near Tours, on June 3, 1937. At the time of the letter, dated Sunday July 10, they were honeymooning at Schloss Wasserleonburg in Austria.
Wallis says: ‘Here I am at last with my king sitting on a mountain in Austria – where it is really lovely and peaceful – we hope here to gather strength for future battles.
‘The last six months have been such a nightmare of every emotion and the exercising of so much self control that in the midst of it all I am afraid I neglected all those I love the best, thinking they would understand the most.’
Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor is pictured with his wife,
former Mrs Wallis Simpson, for whom he gave up the crown.
The letter, to her American cousin, Leila, was written on Schloss Wasserleonburg headed notepaper with a crowned ‘W’ monogram.
It is due to be sold by auctioneers Reeman Dansie in Colchester next Tuesday, with an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500.
It begins: ‘Darling Cousin Leila, Please forgive me for never having answered any of your sweet, kind and understanding letters.
‘We have been so busy since arriving, our post has been fantastic averaging about 300 letters per day and we received over 6,000 telegrams on June 3rd.
‘We sent you a photograph the other day, but as I am so stupid about the number on Rhode Island Ave. I sent it minus one so I trust it reaches you.
An earlier set of love letters exchanged by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
are laid out prior to their auction by Christie’s four years ago
‘We expect Aunt B. on Wednesday for a short visit and after her departure we will go to Venice for some sea bathing.’
She concludes: ‘I have very little news of family and rather expect to hear from Corinne as someone wrote she was coming to Europe.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are pictured at their villa
in Biarritz, France, 1951
‘You have threatened many times but never seem to actually step on the boat. We have no plans (as usual) for the winter but must be in Paris in the autumn as the Duke has some business affairs to arrange with the charming English.
‘Please write me and say you still love me and that we may come to Wakefield one day. Affectionately, Wallis.’
James Grinter, of Reeman Dansie, said: ‘The Wallis Simpson letter is a wonderful historic document which gives a remarkable insight into her thoughts after one of the most dramatic events in the British monarchy. We are expecting a lot of interest, particularly from American collectors.’
A previously unseen letter reveals the rift between the Queen Mother and her sister-in-law Wallis Simpson.
The 70-year-old letter details the Queen Mother’s refusal to receive Mrs Simpson at Buckingham Palace almost three years after the abdication of Edward VIII, who gave up the throne to marry the twice-divorced American socialite.
In the letter, written on October 2, 1939, on crested Buckingham Palace writing paper to Prince Paul Karageorgevich of Yugoslavia, the Queen Mother, then 39, refers to the snub in businesslike fashion.
No love lost: The Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson at the Duke’s funeral
It place when Mrs Simpson and her husband, the Duke of Windsor, visited England from their exile in France immediately after the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939.
The Queen wrote: “I had taken the precaution to send her a message before they came, saying that I was sorry I could not receive her – I thought it more honest to make things quite clear. So she kept away and nobody saw her.”
The 14-page letter offers an insight into the mind of the Queen Mother, who only gave one interview during her lifetime. It confirms the view she had of the women she always called “Mrs S”, refusing to acknowledge her title Duchess of Windsor.
Historian Andrew Roberts, author of The House of Windsor, said: “This letter confirms what has long been suspected: the Queen Mother hated Mrs Simpson.
“After the abdication, she didn’t speak to her again until the Duke of Windsor’s funeral in 1972 by which time, in her words, all passion was spent.
“In the immediate aftermath of the abdication the Queen Mother was very happy that the Windsors left England and didn’t want to see them again, as this letter indicates.”
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