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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent period true-life drama, 22 Dec 2005
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Interesting how history now treats the Edward and Mrs Simpson story. This adaptation, partly based on the book "Edward VIII" by Frances Donaldson, captures the moment Wallis Simpson met the future King and takes the story right through to the abdication in December 1936 - the final scenes marking the Duke of Windsor's route to exile after his radio broadcast. Brillient acting throughout, Edward Fox is superlative as the Prince of Wales/King and Cynthia Harris is wonderfully cast as the engaging Wallis. When filmed, the Duchess was still alive but it is not known how she responded to this drama. There is without doubt, a sense of unknowing regarding her emotions at the time of abdication. A highlight is the entire way the drama was directed - nostalgic and golden. The opening song is also befitting: "I've danced with a man whose danced with a girl whose danced with the Prince of Wales" - the mood is set.
Given our own Prince of Wales's recent divorce and marriage, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the sacrifice that King Edward made due to constitutional pressure.
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