THE OTHER ROYAL CUCKOLD; Sensational Undiscovered Letters to Wallis Simpson from Her Husband Reveal Him as a Fawning Royalist Who, despite His Passion for Her, Willingly Condoned Her Infidelity with the Prince of Wales. Remind You of Someone?
Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY;RICHARD KAY
AS BRIGADIER Andrew Parker Bowles was telephoning his exwife Camilla to wish her the very best of luck on the eve of her marriage to the Prince of Wales, a collection of poignant love letters concealed for decades was emerging for the very first time.
Intriguingly, they were written by Ernest Simpson, another husband cuckolded by an earlier Prince of Wales, to his absent wife Wallis.
These extraordinarily historically important letters - at once deeply intimate and hauntingly frank - provide a fascinating insight into upper class morality at the time and the awesome deference to the royals in the Thirties.
Wallis Simpson began her affair with the future King Edward VIII in 1934, and as they edged towards marriage, they ignited a crisis that would lead to abdication.
Yet astonishingly, Ernest Simpson, a shipping agent who had a British father and American mother and served in the Coldstream Guards during World War I, displays neither bitterness nor animosity, towards Wallis. Even more astonishingly, he bears no ill-will towards the pampered prince who took her from him.
On the contrary, although in despair at losing the wife he adored, he is plainly honoured by the Prince's intimate relationship with her.
His letters, revealed here for the first time, reek of deference (if not a touch of sadomasochism) and almost seem to condone the Prince's behaviour, virtually encouraging Wallis to pursue her unique opportunity to be Queen.
His loyalty to Wallis never wavers.
Times have changed since Ernest Simpson wrote these letters some 70 years ago, referring to the Prince as 'that lonely little friend'.
Even so, one has to wonder how these deeply emotional lines, penned soon after Wallis first slipped into the Prince of Wales's bed in 1934, would resonate with Andrew Parker Bowles. Ernest writes: 'IF WHAT you have found proves to be something really beautiful, and time alone will show, then my love can embrace it and incorporate it in all that other beauty which is you.
'If it proves otherwise, then you will need my love and you will find it waiting there. In the meanwhile, I think you do well not to let go of anything you honestly believe to be beautiful, for if you did so, you would always have lingering regrets.
'I would not have you miss anything really fine, my darling, for life offers it to us so seldom . .. Do not speak of my "sacrifice" in the course I have begged you to follow - above all do not deny it to me, for if it is for your happiness one way or another, as I am convinced it is, I shall have so much joy in the giving.' Writing from his room at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where he was on business, Simpson ends his love letter: 'IN MY heart I have nothing but love for you, my dearest one, and, strange to say, a sincere friendship and kindliness for that lonely little friend whose love for you I shall respect so long as he does not let it harm you.
Goodnight, my dearest dear, Ernest.' The story of Edward and Mrs Simpson remains the most dramatic royal love story of the 20th century. For King Edward VIII did what Prince Charles will almost certainly never do - he willingly gave up his throne for love.
Born in 1896 in Baltimore, the daughter of the laundry manageress at The Chevy Chase country club, Bessie Wallis Warfield was 20 when she married U.S.
navy airman Winfield Spencer. He was a violent alcoholic and after five years she left him, obtaining a divorce in 1927.
In 1928 she met Simpson, also a divorcee, and they married in London, where he was working in his father's firm. Through contacts at the American embassy, Wallis became a friend of Lady Thelma Furness, at that time the Prince of Wales's mistress.
LADY Thelma introduced Wallis to the Prince in 1931 and the following year the Simpsons were invited to Fort Belvedere, his turreted home in Berkshire on the edge of Windsor Great Park. …