Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters
Airs Monday, December 23, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, December 16, 2013
The king's desire to marry this American woman with two living ex-husbands nearly caused a constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom. The Church of England, with the king as its figurehead, restricted Edward from marrying a divorcee with a living ex-spouse. The matter ultimately led to his abdication in December 1936 so he could marry "the woman I love."
But a trove of secret letters in "Wallis Simpson: Secret Letters," suggest that the story of their infamous marriage may not be entirely factual. The documents, shown in this film for the first time, include 15 letters written by Wallis Simpson around the time of the abdication.
These extraordinary personal missives have the power to rewrite both history and our perception of Wallis. They reveal she was still deeply in love with her husband, and chart her fear, desperation and loneliness as she found herself becoming trapped into marrying Edward.