(Charles Spencer’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 10/27.)

The public fascination with Wallis Simpson, whose far from obvious charms so entranced Edward VIII that they led to his abdication, shows little sign of abating 25 years after her death.

Madonna has just co-written and directed a film about her, she naturally put in an appearance in the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech, and she is also the subject of a new biography.

Now Nicholas Wright has come up with a richly comic but also unexpectedly moving play based on a book by Lady Caroline Blackwood who tried to secure a newspaper interview with the frail and widowed Duchess of Windsor in 1980.


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