‘She suffered so much every day’: a life with Wallis Simpson revealed
The Windsors’ private secretary tells for the first time how the duchess dealt with the ‘dark forces' that haunted the couple
As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into their new life in Canada, comparisons with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, exiled in France after the 1936 abdication, are inevitable.
The difference is that while Wallis Simpson was roundly reviled for her part in the crisis, she never wanted Edward VIII to renounce the throne – and desperately wanted him to stay in the royal family – while Meghan appears to want Prince Harry out.
Probably the last person alive who knew the Windsors intimately was their private secretary for eight years, Johanna Schütz. When researching my biography of Wallis Simpson, I tried to contact Swiss Schütz, to no avail. Deeply private, she has never given a press interview, keeping this iconic couple’s secrets close. You can imagine my delight, when, after reading my book, she contacted me because I had “captured the duchess perfectly”...