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The Prince, the Princess and the perfect murder!

November 17, 2014

From Eketahuna Library, I borrowed a book with the enticing title ‘The Prince, the Princess and the perfect murder’ by Andrew Rose (2013). On the cover was a photo of the handsome and youthful Prince of Wales. This was the heir to the throne who briefly became King Edward VIII and then abdicated because he was not allowed to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson.

prince princessThis book is the hitherto untold story of a major scandal, a murder and a trial in which the main figure is a previous mistress of the young prince. Since, in those days at least, scandal of any kind was not to be allowed to tarnish the reputation of the Royal Family, this connection between the Prince and the Courtesan, a high class woman of easy virtue, was very successfully hushed up. The woman in question was French and was introduced to the 17 year old Prince of Wales just before World War One. She later married a millionaire Egyptian who, subsequently, she shot to death. Her trial for murder hit the headlines because she belonged to the highest circle of society in both Paris and London and was an associate of many well placed men over a number of years.

This piece of social history, is a fascinating account of the Edward, Prince of Wales, and his early years, the high society he moved in and the scandalous behaviour of this so-called Princess with whom he had a love affair. It paints a detailed portrait of this tawdry episode in the life of a hedonistic ‘royal’, whose later behaviour and character as the Duke of Windsor ensured that he had little or no part to play in court life for the rest of his life. Edward, aka the Duke, is shown to be a shallow young man whose only interest was in charming women until he finally found Mrs Simpson who was the kind of woman he most admired. This is a well-researched and competently written true story of high society high jinks and appalling behaviour of those who should have known better.    See catalogue

– Larry Gordon

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