Meghan and Prince Harry’s love story presents similarities with the one between Mrs Simpson and former King Edward VIII, according to royal expert Ingrid Seward. The expert noted how Megxit, the decision made by Meghan and Harry to step down as senior royals, can easily bring to mind the abdication of 1936.
She told Fox News: “It was a very similar scenario, although in a totally different era.
“Meghan is a divorcee, which of course we are still a little old fashioned about in England.
“She’s American and Harry seemingly gave up everything for her.
“So there is a real similarity.”
Moreover, Ms Seward noted, Mrs Simpson and Meghan may have shared a similar view on the country where they temporarily lived.
She said: “Wallis hated England.
“She hated the climate and felt people didn’t understand her or her sense of humour.
“In the case of Meghan, I think she very much felt that the British people didn’t understand her or particularly liked her.
“And I don’t think she was a great fan of England either.
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“Her home is California and that’s where her heart is.”
King Edward VIII sparked a constitutional crisis in December 1936, when he announced to the UK he was choosing love over duty.
His abdication changed the destiny of the then Princess Elizabeth forever, who found herself heir apparent to the throne despite not being born with that destiny.
The comparison between the Sussexes and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has been made also by Prince Philip, according to Ms Seward.
She wrote in her book Prince Philip Revealed: “For Philip, whose entire existence has been based on a devotion to doing his duty, it appeared that his grandson had abdicated his for the sake of his marriage to an American divorcee in much the same way as Edward VIII gave up his crown to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936.”
Prince Philip gave up his career in the Navy after King George VI died in February 1952 to stay by the side of the new Queen.
Meghan and Harry’s decision, Ms Seward said, has been perceived as a “dereliction of duty” by the 99-year-old royal who relentlessly served the Crown for six decades.
The expert had previously told the Daily Mail: “He has struggled greatly, for example, with what he sees as his grandson Harry’s dereliction of duty, giving up his homeland and everything he cared about for a life of a self-centred celebrity in North America.
“He has found it hard to understand exactly what it was that made his grandson’s life so unbearable.
“As far as Philip was concerned, Harry and Meghan had everything going for them: a beautiful home, a healthy son, and a unique opportunity to make a global impact with their charity work.”
Meghan and Prince Harry announced their intentions to step back as senior royals in early January, desiring a ‘half-in, half-out’ solution which would have allowed them to still carrying our royal duties while living abroad and work on private profitable ventures.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William opposed to this solution, and the Sussexes eventually decided to relinquish their roles as working royals as well as the use of their HRH styles and their Sussex Royal brand.
The couple are now based in California after having bought their first home as a family of three in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
Since March, when they officially stepped down, the pair haven’t returned to the UK – a move heavily influenced by the coronavirus pandemic which has made international travels increasingly difficult.
Before COVID-19 swept across the world, the Sussexes were said to be planning to return to England for Trooping the Colour and to mark Remembrance Sunday.