The real Wallis Simpson: Cold facts in a warm new light

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The real Wallis Simpson: Cold facts in a warm new light

New book by Anna Pasternak finds the softer side of the maligned Duchess of Windsor

Michele Magwood

Anna Pasternak was just 26 when she was chosen to write the tell-all book about Princess Diana’s love affair with James Hewitt, Princess in Love. As a young journalist, she had been chosen by Hewitt and the princess to present it as a deeply romantic love story, which she duly did.

But the minute it exploded onto the scene Diana distanced herself from it. “I was absolutely hung out to dry,” says Pasternak. “We had been completely manipulated by her.” The press lampooned the book, she and her family received hate mail, and she was suicidal.

“It took me 20 years to get over it and believe in myself again.” Diana confessed to it all a year later on prime time television. ..

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