Bessie Wallis Warfield

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(Bessie Wallis Warfield)
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Much has been said about Bessie's supposed background of poverty.  But poverty to those authors evidently means not living in splendor.  The records prove that her family was firmly upper class if perhaps "lower-upper" as they say.  In 1908, her mother Alice remarried to John Freeman Rasin, an insurance broker and "son of the Democratic boss of Baltimore", and the family lived in Baltimore, Maryland. More details on the Rasin family can be found [http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC&pg=PA764&lpg=PA764&dq=warfield+freeman+rasin&source=web&ots=1LVnI_fJph&sig=l_YblZTwEzmDD4rFnDUQl8J3Q8s#PPA764,M1 here].
 
Much has been said about Bessie's supposed background of poverty.  But poverty to those authors evidently means not living in splendor.  The records prove that her family was firmly upper class if perhaps "lower-upper" as they say.  In 1908, her mother Alice remarried to John Freeman Rasin, an insurance broker and "son of the Democratic boss of Baltimore", and the family lived in Baltimore, Maryland. More details on the Rasin family can be found [http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC&pg=PA764&lpg=PA764&dq=warfield+freeman+rasin&source=web&ots=1LVnI_fJph&sig=l_YblZTwEzmDD4rFnDUQl8J3Q8s#PPA764,M1 here].
  
Bessie married Earl Winfield Spencer Jr. on [[Nov 8]], 1916 at Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore, [[Maryland]]. They were divorced on [[Dec 10]], 1927. She married secondly Ernest Aldrich Simpson on [[Jul 21]], 1928 in Chelsea Registrar's Office, Chelsea, London, England.
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Bessie married Earl Winfield Spencer Jr. on [[Nov 8]], 1916 at Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore, [[Maryland]]. Her and her first husband had moved to England.  They were divorced on [[Dec 10]], 1927. She married secondly Ernest Aldrich Simpson on [[Jul 21]], 1928 in Chelsea Registrar's Office, Chelsea, London, England.
  
Her and her second husband moved to England where they were divorced on [[Oct 27]], 1936 but not before Wallis had begun an affair with [[Edward VIII, King of England|Prince Edward]] who was at that time the heir to the English throne, being the eldest son of [[George V, King of England]] and his wife Mary von Teck.  His father George having died, Edward became King but his desire to marry Wallis was firmly resisted by the government and public.  His famous abdication speech stated that he could not rule without the woman he loved beside him.  They were married on [[Jun 3]], 1937 in Chateau de Cande, Maine-et-Loire, France, and lived thereafter in semi-exile from Britain.
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She was divorced from her second husband on [[Oct 27]], 1936 but not before Wallis had begun an affair with [[Edward VIII, King of England|Prince Edward]] who was at that time the heir to the English throne, being the eldest son of [[George V, King of England]] and his wife Mary von Teck.  His father George having died, Edward became King but his desire to marry Wallis was firmly resisted by the government and public.  His famous abdication speech stated that he could not rule without the woman he loved beside him.  They were married on [[Jun 3]], 1937 in Chateau de Cande, Maine-et-Loire, France, and lived thereafter in semi-exile from Britain.
  
 
After the abdication, Edward was made Duke of Windsor by his brother, the now-King, who took the name [[George VI, King of England|George VI]]. Wallis was styled Duchess of Windsor but by a new statute created just for her, she was not called "Her Royal Highness".  This is much discussed in Kitty Kelly's book ''The Royals'', where she states that George's wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon better known as the Queen Mother, was jealous of Bessie because she had wanted to marry Edward herself.
 
After the abdication, Edward was made Duke of Windsor by his brother, the now-King, who took the name [[George VI, King of England|George VI]]. Wallis was styled Duchess of Windsor but by a new statute created just for her, she was not called "Her Royal Highness".  This is much discussed in Kitty Kelly's book ''The Royals'', where she states that George's wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon better known as the Queen Mother, was jealous of Bessie because she had wanted to marry Edward herself.

Revision as of 11:55, 11 July 2007

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