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The prince, the princess and the perfect murder!

July 24, 2015

‘The Prince, the Princess and the perfect murder’ by Andrew Rose caught my eye because on the cover is a photo of the handsome youthful Prince of Wales who briefly became King Edward VIII and then abdicated so he could be with divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson.

This 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 wasprincess with a gun 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 1. 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 Prince, 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 the tawdry episode in the life of a hedonistic ‘royal’, whose later behaviour and character as Duke of Windsor ensured that he had little or no part to play in court-life for the rest of his life.

Edward, or the Duke, is shown to be a shallow young man whose only interest was in chasing 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 on the part of those who should have known better.

– Larry Gordon

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