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During the turbulent history of the House of Windsor, royal sisters-in-law have seldom emerged as intimate friends.
In recent months, Court circles have reverberated with rumours that Britain’s future Queen, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and her brother-in-law’s wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are not exactly on hugging terms, although both have laughed off suggestions of a rift.
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And thousands of startled television viewers have never forgotten the unexpected ferocity with which the present Queen’s daughter, the Princess Royal, slapped down the BBC’s royal reporter Jennie Bond for mentioning Anne’s divorced sister-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, during an interview before Diana’s death.
But for sheer virulence and long-lasting antipathy no royal feud in living memory quite measures up to the steely and implacable ostracism practised for 50 years by the late Queen Mother against her despised and twice-divorced American sister-in-law, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.
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The first of a new two-part documentary, The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen, to be screened tonight on Channel 5, asserts that it was Elizabeth’s personal influence as the new Queen Consort that was instrumental in Wallis being denied the title, Her Royal Highness, on her marriage in 1937 to the Duke of Windsor, after he had abdicated the throne as Edward VIII. His reign lasted less than 11 months. The denial of the HRH has been challenged as contrary to Common Law.
Indeed, a new book by Anna Pasternak, called Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess Of Windsor, is dedicated by the author ‘To Wallis, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Windsor’, but that status has never been officially accepted.
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When the Duchess’s coffin left her palatial Paris mansion in the Bois de Boulogne in 1986 it was not covered by her husband’s royal standard, and the HRH does not appear on her gravestone next to the Duke’s in the royal...
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