Like Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Sussex is an American divorcee who met her future royal husband at age 34, but unlike the late King Edward’s wife, Meghan was welcomed into the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.
Ms Simpson and Edward, who was set to be the future King, married in June 1937 and none of the family attended the wedding.
Edward VIII’s parents refused to formally meet Ms Wallis or condone the marriage – she was also denied a HRH title.
The royal heir abdicated the throne in order to marry Ms Simpson and became known as the Duke of Windsor.
Anna Pasternak, author of The American Duchess, the Real Wallis Simpson, said Meghan is often compared to Wallis but besides them both being American and previously married, Meghan has been given everything Wallis was denied.
Writing in the Telegraph, the royal biographer said: “The Sussexes claim that the monarchy is positively medieval in its antiquity, but everything changed for Meghan compared to Wallis”.
She said the Duchess of Sussex was welcomed into the Royal Family and even invited to spend Christmas at Sandringham while she was engaged to Harry – an invitation denied to Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson, Sophie Wessex and Kate.
She also pointed out that King Charles walked Meghan up the aisle at her wedding, with the entire Royal Family in attendance – unlike Edward and Wallis’ wedding.
Ms Pasternak wrote: “As Meghan wages her fruitless war against Britain’s most-loved institution, fuelled by her self-centred and fantastical sense of injustice, she should consider Wallis’s tact and sophistication. Not once in her 36-year marriage did Wallis try to turn public opinion or speak out against her unyielding in-laws. In fact, quite the opposite.
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“Wallis constantly pushed for Edward to reunite with his family. Wallis found it unfathomable that due to their exile, her husband was estranged from his mother, Queen Mary”.
In the Sussexes new Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, the prince made a clear nod to his late mother, Princess Diana and his wife.
He said: “The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy. I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself.
“No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth.”
As he speaks, footage shows his mother facing paparazzi outside Buckingham Palace, and footage of Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
But Wallis Simpson is notably missing from the list of women who married into the Firm.
Ms Pasternak asked: “Shouldn’t an image of the Duchess of Windsor have been included?
“Surely, no royal wife endured more than Wallis Simpson, after her relationship with Harry’s great-great-uncle, the Duke of Windsor, led to his abdication in 1936”.