"Too rich, too thin and too American."

But was Wallis Simpson, in fact, a benevolent woman, caught up in a situation from which she could not extricate herself and who - on the eve of war - saved us from a feckless King?

With his dashing good looks, Edward VIII embodied the hopes and aspirations of most in 1936, but by renouncing the throne he convulsed the nation, bringing dishonour and disgrace upon the Royal House of Windsor.

 

Speaker: Roy Smart was a Naval Officer, Fleet Air Arm pilot and air director of many great national memorial events, including the televised D-Day, VE and VJ commemorations. With an interest in history and art, he recently contributed to the BBC commemorations of the Battle of Jutland.