Nick Bullen believes that Prince Harry can learn many lessons from his great-uncle Edward VIII.
Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle had been crowned King Edward VIII before he abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The couple separated from the monarchy after abdication. As a result, they had financial difficulties and did not have a source of income, People magazine reported.
In 1951, Edward produced a biography written by a ghost titled “The Story of a King: The Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor,” which detailed his upbringing, falling in love with high society, and resigning from his royal position. According to the outlet, royalties from Edward’s book helped finance the couple while they were living in France. Simpson published his own memoirs, “The Heart Has Its Reasons,” in 1956.
In 1970, the couple also gave a televised interview in which they discussed their lives and opinions.
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The Duke (1894-1972) and Duchess (1896-1986) of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson) at their home, the Villa La Croe in Cap D’Antibes, Cannes in France. (Photo by Fox Photos /.)
“It’s fascinating when you draw the parallels between the two,” Bullen told Fox News. “They both married divorced American women. We all know it, but it goes much further. Edward and his brother also experienced their own sibling rivalry and it can be compared to Harry’s strained relationship with his brother, Prince William.
“But Edward and his brother Bertie [King George VI] “He never really resolved their differences,” the True Royalty TV co-founder and editor-in-chief continued. And when Edward wrote his book, it was really the first time that a high-ranking member of the royal family had written it. And they paid him a fortune at the time. It may even have been the highest paid book of its time. It had a tremendous impact. So what kind of impact will Harry have now? «
Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been running shows about the royal family for nearly 10 years and has worked closely with Prince Charles for eight.
This month, True Royalty TV will release several new documentaries, including “The Royals Revealed: Harry and Edward, Princes in Exile,” which explores the similarities between royals, including their military aspirations, wives, sibling rivalry, and eventual departure. of royal duties. .
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The Duke of Windsor (1894-1972), former King Edward VIII, with his memoirs, entitled ‘A King’s Story: The Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor’, circa 1951. (Photo by Erika Stone /.)
“The great lesson viewers will learn from this documentary is how the Duke and Duchess of Windsor faded into obscurity and became supporting actors on the world stage,” said Bullen. “They were a bit awkward guests at dinners in New York. The question arises, how long will Harry and [his wife] Does Meghan Markle’s courage remain at such a high level? I think this documentary is a window into a story that has happened before and what could happen again.
In July, Random House announced that the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex was writing an “intimate and heartfelt memoir.” The currently untitled book is expected to be published in late 2022.
“I am writing this not as the prince I was born into, but as the man I have become,” Harry said in a statement. “I have worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story – the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in store. common than we think. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned throughout my life thus far and excited that people are reading a first-hand account of my life that is accurate and totally truthful. «
Financial terms were not disclosed. However, Harry will donate the proceeds to charity, according to Random House.
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Prince Harry will publish a memoir in 2022 (Kevin Mazur /. For Global Citizen VAX LIVE).
“Prince Harry will share, for the first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him,” announced Random House.
Bullen said that no matter what Harry chooses to share in his book, it will certainly shake up the monarchy just as Edward did at the time.
“Although Harry was not the king and did not abdicate, he still has a great impact on the monarchy,” explained Bullen. “I think the biggest lesson, or caveat, that this documentary shares is the fact that Edward and Wallis Simpsons slowly faded into obscurity. Over time they became irrelevant. Will the same happen to Harry and Meghan when Prince William’s children hit the world stage? It may seem far from now, but it will happen. What will happen to Harry and Meghan in 10 years? Will they be the same stars that they are now? Some historians have suggested that this is unlikely.
According to Bullen, history has shown that those who leave the royal family behind struggle to forge their own identities.
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Article on the front page of the Daily Express about the American socialite Wallis Simpson (1896-1986). Simpson’s relationship with King Edward VIII (1894-1972) eventually led to his abdication. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures / Print Collector /.)
“Edward, like Harry, was the absolute golden boy of the royal family,” shared Bullen. «He was worshiped by people from all over the world wherever he went. If you watch our movies, you’ll see archived footage of crowds cheering him on. And even after her marriage to Wallis, there was still this golden glow around her. However, that quickly faded.
Still, Bullen said there is a myth that still exists when it comes to Harry’s relative.
“The truth is, I think Edward was happy enough to walk away from the throne,” she said. “He is sometimes portrayed as a man who lived with regrets, who wished he could have continued as king. But I think he was actually quite comfortable with his decision. And that’s something we tend to forget about him.
“He was not a man who sat in Paris wishing to return to the throne,” he shared. “I think he regretted how he was able to serve his country and how he could not make a difference. He thought he could have done it when he was younger. But I don’t think he regretted giving up the throne because he was so in love with Wallis. And he left to be with the woman he loved.
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The Duchess and Duke of Windsor met in the living room of their Parisian residence, a mansion in the Bois de Boulogne. (Photo by Robert Siegler / INA via.)
Edward died in 1972 at age 77 of cancer. Close friends of Simpson surrounded the Duchess, and in later years, her name appeared primarily in lawsuits for alleged media intrusions. In one, he won damages from a French magazine whose photographers scaled the wall of his villa.
Simpson died in 1986 at the age of 89.
Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s deviations from their royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as intrusions and racist attitudes by the British media towards the 40-year-old former “Suits” star. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California.
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This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, chatting with Oprah Winfrey. (AP)
In the wake of leaving royal duties, they gave an explosive television interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before he was born. The duchess spoke about the intense isolation she felt within the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were “concerning” and would be addressed in private.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The boy is eighth in line to the British throne.
The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
Associated Press contributed to this report.