I have read many books about both women, both of whom had massive control over their husbands. Most books devote 1 or 2 chapters to the personality differences and animosity between the two women. This is the first book solely devoted to the conflict between the Queen Mother and "That Woman". I enjoyed this book, it is well documented, and explains quite clearly the reasons for the feud. Of particular interest, to me, was the description of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Nazi party, which resulted into a trip to Nazi Germany during World War 2 to be met by Hitler, as well as the role of the Queen Mother to the people of England during the war.
I was not disappointed in this book. It helps understand reasoning for exile of abdicated King and Mrs. Simpson. He could not have remained in England due to Mrs. Simpson's interference with King George and society functions. She was definitely the head of that family, and it is hard to understand why King Edward abdicated and gave up so much for her. He had such a responsibility as monarch that was so much greater than himself and his wants. Thank goodness King George and Queen Elizabeth were monarchs during the war. There is no doubt that he gave everything he had to his duties which caused the victory in England, and thank goodness Queen Elizabeth, the current monarch, is of the same mind. She is so much to be admired for giving herself to her duties as monarch first, and her strength is evident in her actions. When her family has been ridiculous and ignored their primary responsibilities, she has remained the strength of the country. I am sure she has taught William how to...
A very interesting book, though the author is decidedly pro monarchy and particularly towards the Queen Mother. Wallis comes off as a shrew of the greatest magnitude, while the Queen Mum seems destined for sainthood. Having read a number of books about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, it's interesting to see the story from the other side. Let's just say that both women had their fair share of faults...and leave it at that.
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