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After living for a time in Warrenton, Va. Simpson, an American-born British subject. They were married in and lived near London. Wallis Simpson met Edward, then the prince of Wales , while moving in fashionable British society.

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The two became friends and gradually fell in love. Wallis sued for divorce from her second husband in July , with the apparent intention of marrying Edward who had become King Edward VIII , but as a woman twice divorced she was socially and politically unacceptable as a prospective British queen.

Edward renounced the British throne on Dec. In referring to the reason for his abdication, he said in a famous radio broadcast: Warfield and the duke of Windsor were married in France on June 3, The duke resigned his post in early , and the couple moved back to France.

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For decades their lives consisted largely of traveling, entertaining, and being entertained. The duke of Windsor died in Paris on May 28, , and the duchess continued to live at her Paris home in declining health and increasing isolation.

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Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Edward decided to marry her, and in , after his accession, Wallis Simpson began divorce proceedings against her husband. Retrieved 31 March Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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Archived from the original on 31 March Duke and Duchess of Sussex". Retrieved 19 May And then there was Windsor, which was a non-starter given that the last Duke of Windsor was the former King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry another American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and had some rather uncomfortable ties to the Nazis. It was probably too early to bestow the title Duke of Windsor, as to do so would resurrect the memory of the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, the last US divorcee to marry into the royal family, precipitating the abdication crisis of Retrieved from " https: Pages using deprecated image syntax Use dmy dates from April Views Read Edit View history.

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