ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Madonna's Bio Epic Romance on Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson (Due 2011)


ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Madonna's Bio Epic Romance on Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson (Due 2011)
by Darius Kadivar

Madonna is currently Directing a Bio Epic W.E. on the Royal Romance between British King Edward VIII and American Divorcee Wallis Simpson which led to the British Monarch's Abdication in favor of his brother King George VI ( currently also the subject of a film starring Colin Firth as King George in The King's Speech).

W.E. directed by Madonna and Starring James D'Arcy in the Title role of King Edward VIII, and Richard Coyle, and Abbie Cornish in the Role of Wallis Simpson, Also starring James Fox as King George V due in US Theaters on June 3rd 2011

Madonna in France this summer on the set of W.E., Villefranche-sur-Mer [France 3]:


A two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

Abdication speech of King Edward VIII in 1936:

Edward VIII (1894-1972) became King of England after the death of his father, George V, on January 20, 1936.

Nearly 42-years-old and a bachelor, Edward then made known his desire to marry an American woman named Wallis Warfield Simpson, whom he had known since 1931. He sought the approval of his family, the Church of England, and the political establishment to marry her, but met with strong opposition. She had been married twice and her second divorce was still pending.

This love affair and possible royal marriage resulted in sensational newspaper headlines around the world and created a storm of controversy, but did not sway Edward. On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII submitted his abdication and it was endorsed by Parliament the next day. He thus became the only British monarch ever to resign voluntarily.

The speech is from December 11, when Edward publicly announced his decision via radio to a worldwide audience.

His younger brother, George VI, took the throne and immediately gave Edward the title, Duke of Windsor. The Duke and Simpson were married in France on June 3, 1937 and lived in Paris. During World War II, Edward served as governor of the Bahamas. He died in Paris on May 28, 1972. His wife died there, April 24, 1986.

HRH The Duke of Windsor at the Queen Mary Memorial Unveiling, 1967:

Duke of Windsor - discusses meeting Wallis:

Madonna's Touch of Class in VOGUE Clip:


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Farah Rusta

Thanks Darius jaan

by Farah Rusta on

I didn't know about the Argentine connection.  But as I am sure you know Edward was not the only Royal with Nazi sympathies in the House of Windsor. There was, however, one fiercely anti-Nazi in their midst and that was the Queen Mother described by Hitler as the "most dangerous woman in Europe!"



Darius Kadivar

I doubt it Farah Jaan although That's a Well known Fact ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Although that was also the case of many celebrities or public faces of the time including Charles Lindberg


and President Ernest Peron ( Husband of Evita) ... 

And Even Jacques Cousteau:

20,000 lies under the sea The fishy world of Jacques Cousteau 

"new evidence revealed this month by the newspaper France-Soir suggests that the "saintly brother" - at least at one stage in his life - shared some of the same racial opinions as the "frere maudit", the accursed brother. In a letter he wrote to his best friend in May 1941, Cousteau complained that he and his family could not find a decent apartment in Marseilles because of all the "ignobles youpins" (vile yids) pouring into the city."

"This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it's just as bad not to say it." — Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier (November 1991)

I doubt Madonna Khanoum is as well informed as we are about the Good, The Bad and the Ugly of World Politics ...

Although I doubt one can reduce an entire personality and life of any individual to one or two "unfortunate" incidents or comments.

One should remember that the ties of the British and German Royal Families are deeply rooted and that Hitler actually praised the common Anglo Saxon Roots of the British and German Races as opposed to "Semitic" Roots.

It is not surprising that in the early 1930's many of Hitler's comments were aimed at seducing and seeking allies throughout Europe and beyond as endorsement of his politics.

But if Hitler managed to fool Chamberlain into accepting his conditions at Munich to the degree that the latter called him a Gentleman, I am not surprised that other prominent individuals were seduced by Hitler's Charisma.

Not many could believe at the time that "Charisma" and "Evil' could coexist in one man as Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde as two sides of the same coin.  

That said you made a very Good Observation as Usual FR Jaan !

Farah Rusta

Would she dramatize his Majesty's ...

by Farah Rusta on


Nazi sympathies? I wonder!




I'm intrigued. Hope she does

by vildemose on

I'm intrigued. Hope she does a good job. I wish her much success.