Since the day it was announced in 2017 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were about to get married, the comparisons between the Duke’s bridesmaids and Wallis Simpson have been no shortage. But after Megxit, much comparisons were drawn between Harry and his great-grandfather, once known as King Edward VIII, who also chose love over his royal duties.
Read on to find out if Meghan is like Simpson or Harry is like the former king.
Meghan and Harry share similarities with Simpson and Edward VIII
In 1936, Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle became King Edward VIII after the death of his father, King George V. Edward fell in love with Simpson and intended to marry Simpson. But this was a problem at the time because as King he was also the head of the Church of England and could not marry someone who had been married twice and divorced. King Edward VIII chose Simpson over the crown and announced his decision to abdicate the throne, which sent shock waves through the monarchy and astonished millions around the world.
The main comparison with the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Windsor is that Meghan is also an American who was married and divorced before tying the knot with the British royal. Harry’s Bride was one such actress who gave him a chance to rub elbows with some Hollywood celebrities. Simpson also spent time in some elite celeb circles as she was a socialite.
Edward and Harry also have many similarities that go beyond their marriage. Edward and his brother Albert (later King George VI) experienced a sibling rivalry that has been compared to the strained relationship between Harry and Prince William. Also, long before meeting with Meghan, her husband was known for his partying ways and Harry’s great-grandfather was often referred to as the “Playboy Prince” for his wild behavior.
Another thing that many royal fans may not know is that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor did a televised interview following Edward’s abdication. In 1970, he, like Harry and Meghan, gave his side of the story about family issues and leaving The Firm. The interviewer first spoke to Edward before Simpson joined them. You may remember that with the Sussex TV special, Oprah Winfrey spoke to Meghan before Harry joined. And oddly enough, both interviews were viewed by 12 million people when it aired in the UK.
Prince Philip reportedly thought Harry’s wife could be as destructive as Simpson
One royal who has reportedly expressed concern over the similarities between Meghan and Simpson is Harry’s late grandfather, Prince Philip. in the book Prince Philip revealedIngrid Seward, royal commentator and author, said that after leaving royal life, Philip had a view of Meghan that she could be “as destructive and divisive force as Wallis”.
“For Philip, whose whole existence [had] Based on a dedication to her duty, her grandson appears to have abdicated her for his marriage to an American divorcee in the same way that Edward VIII renounced his crown to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936. Gave it up,” wrote Seward.
Prince Harry is following in Edward’s footsteps
While Meghan is from America and a divorcee like Simpson, it is actually Harry who is choosing to do the same thing his great-grandfather did. Harry’s decisions make it seem like he is trying to be like his late evil relative by not only leaving his marriage and royal life behind, but also not revealing how he feels about his family . In addition, the Duke of Sussex is writing a memoir like the Duke of Windsor did all those years ago after his abdication.
Edward’s book was titled The Story of a King Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor. In it, he tells the story of his early youth at Sandringham, as well as his years in naval school and the army during World War I. Edward also discussed his royal tours to Canada, India, Australia and New Zealand. But it also extended to his abdication and marriage to Wallis Simpson.
It is expected that Harry’s book will follow the same format from his youth in the military to his time in the military before his choice to “step back” with his wife. Proving that Harry shares even more similarities with Edward than Meghan shares with Simpson.
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