A king, two divorces and a wedding: Who was Wallis Simpson?

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

What Happened The Last Time A Member Of The Royal Family Married An American Divorcee?

Kensington Palace announced Tuesday that Meghan Markle will be baptized into the Church of England prior to her May wedding to Prince Harry.

The wedding will take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Palace announced, answering a question some had as to whether Markle and the prince could be married in a church service considering she is divorced.

It’s not the first time that question has been asked concerning a British royal and his American financee.

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The same question was asked 81 years ago when King Edward III’s  desire to marry a divorced American led him to give up the throne.

Here’s the what happened when Edward and the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson met, fell in love and married.

Who was Wallis Simpson?

Wallis Simpson was an American living in England in the 1930s with her second husband, Ernest Aldrich Simpson. She and her husband, a shipping executive, began moving in the same circles as Edward, who was then the Prince of Wales.

Simpson was introduced to the prince at Burrough Court on Jan. 10, 1931 by Thelma, Lady Furness, who was having an affair with Edward. By 1934, Simpson allegedly had replaced Lady Furness as the prince's mistress. Simpson was still married at the time.

The course of the relationship

By the end of 1934, Edward and Simpson were in love with each other. Edwards parents were upset at his dalliances with Simpson. Edward holidayed with Simpson, despite the fact she was still married.

In 1936, George V, Edward’s father, died and Edward ascended to the throne of England. It became clear that Edward wanted to marry Simpson, and factions of the British government began to align against him.

The problem with marriage

At the time, the Church of England refused to remarry divorced people if their ex-spouse was still living. The monarch is the head of the Church or England, so Edward was in a tight spot. Remember, Simpson had been divorced once and was on the way to her second divorce in order to marry Edward. 

Simpson filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery, the only reason the Church of England recognized as a legitimate reason for divorce. The decree nisi -- a court order that does not have any force unless a particular condition is met – was granted on Oct. 27, 1936. The couple officially divorced in May 1937.

Looking for a solution

Edward wanted to be king but wanted to be able to marry Simpson as well, so he sought the advice of Stanley Baldwin, the British prime minister. He went to Baldwin with a deal – allow him to remain king and marry, and Simpson would not be made queen. Baldwin did not go along with the deal.

The decision to abdicate

Realizing he did not enjoy support from either side of the British government, and that the scandal over the affair with a married woman was damaging the monarchy, Edward made the decision to give up the throne. 

Meanwhile, Simpson, under constant criticism and pressure, had left England, and in early December released a statement saying she would give up Edward to save the integrity of the monarchy. Edward rejected Simpson’s offer, and three days later, on Dec. 10, 1936, Edward signed the Instrument of Abdication giving up the throne to his brother. 

The next day he addressed the nation saying, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love." 

The couple married six months later.

What does all that have to do with Harry and Meghan?

The two cases are different for sure. Harry is fifth in line for the British throne, and Edward was a sitting king. 

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Harry and Markle will marry in May 2018. The couple will be married in a church wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

That would not have been the case before 2002. That was because until that time, the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouse was still alive. According to an announcement from Kensington Palace, Markle, 36, will become a British citizen and will be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding.

Sources: Biography.com; Wikipedia; The Associated Press

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Man suspected of nearly beating girlfriend's daughter to death

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested Latarius Curry after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care.
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Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested Latarius Curry after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care.(Memphis Police Department)

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested a man after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care. 

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According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect, Latarius Curry, was alone with the victim and two other children when he called his girlfriend. 

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He reportedly told the victim's mother that her daughter was having a seizure. The woman rushed home from work and noticed her daughter's body was "very stiff," and her eyes were rolling into the back of her head, the affidavit said.

The child was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition. 

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Court records detail the severe injuries the child suffered, which included liver laceration, contusions and bruises. It also said the child had multiple seizures. 

The doctor said the injuries are consistent with "non-accidental trauma, specifically blunt force trauma to the head."

Police said the injuries are currently "unexplained."

Curry has been charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. 

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Texas woman accused of biting off, swallowing part of victim's nose

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:54 AM

Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.
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Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.(Harris County Sheriff's Office)

A Texas woman was arrested and charged with assault after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.

According to KTRK, the victim, identified only as "Tatiana," said the incident happened last week after she, her neighbor and the neighbor's guest came back to Tatiana's home after a night out. When the neighbor's guest, 41-year-old Jessica Collins of Conroe, "demanded more alcohol and cigarettes," Tatiana said she asked her to leave, KTRK reported

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That's when Collins attacked her, Tatiana said.

"I didn't have time to react, to push her away," said Tatiana, who claimed that Collins then bit off a portion of her nose. 

Tatiana told KTRK that she didn't know the extent of her injury until the ambulance ride to the hospital. She said she called her husband, screaming, "I don't have a nose! I'm 28 years old and I don't have a nose anymore!"

Tatiana said she will need plastic surgery for her injury. 

Collins was released from jail Monday after posting bond.

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Bartender's heartwarming act of kindness for homeless man goes viral

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

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A Tennessee bartender's generous act has gone viral.

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According to a Facebook post by Dawn Wilt, an unidentified homeless man recently walked into Huey's, a popular Memphis restaurant, with only $2.

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He asked the bartender what he could get with such a small amount of money. The post said the bartender immediately said he could get a burger, even asking if he preferred onion rings or fries. 

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God Bless Huey’s.... George is smiling down .. The bartender Beck greeted a homeless man with “what can I get you man”...

Posted by Dawn Wilt on Friday, July 13, 2018
The post has been shared more than 1,100 times. 

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23 tourists injured when lava bomb from erupting Kilauea slams into tour boat 

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:07 AM

This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 23 people. The lava came from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May. 
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This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 23 people. The lava came from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May. (uncredited/AP)

A chunk of red-hot molten lava from Hawaii’s erupting Mt. Kilauea smashed into a tour boat Monday morning, injuring at least 23 people, according to news reports.

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CNN reported that 13 passengers were taken to a hospital and 10 were treated for minor injuries when the boat made it back to Wailoa Harbor on the Big Island and that one woman was seriously injured with a fractured femur.

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A photo of the boat when it docked shows a large hole in its roof where the lava bomb slammed into the vessel.

A witness said there were rocks all over the boat and that people had “burns and gashes on their legs,” CNN reported.

It’s about an hour’s boat ride from Wailoa Harbor to an area in the vicinity of Kilauea, where lava is flowing into the ocean.

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The volcano started erupting in May. Lava has destroyed hundreds of homes in neighborhoods close to it. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed Kilauea’s eruption is still underway.

 

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