The meeting, at which few words were exchanged, was not a success.Outraged to have to receive ‘that woman in my own house’, the King gave orders that Mrs Simpson was not to be invited to any of the Silver Jubilee functions being planned for the following year, nor to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot.According to Wallis, Thelma said laughingly, ‘I’m afraid the Prince is going to be lonely. ’ His letters and diaries from the 1920s are full of adolescent self-pity and dismal self-disparagement.Never close to his mother and father, he leaned heavily for 16 years on his first long-term mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, the petite and pretty wife of a Liberal MP.Writing to her up to three times a day in an invented baby language (‘pleath’ for please and ‘vewy’ for very) , he swore he was going to marry her, fantasised about dying with her and even talked of ‘resigning’. The psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has described how such dependence on a mother figure, as well as some of the prince’s other quirks, are typical characteristics of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
The ban applies only to government-run radio and TV outlets, not to private stations or You Tube or the music streaming services fuelling the song's success.As news of the affair spread, the Duchess of York — later Elizabeth, the Queen Mother — declared openly that she would no longer meet Mrs Simpson and would beat a hasty retreat whenever ‘that woman’ walked into the same party.Lady Mosley, the former Diana Mitford, believed that the Duchess’s antipathy had a deeper source: jealousy.Elizabeth, she pointed out, had once harboured romantic feelings herself for the Prince of Wales, and she’d initially been extremely reluctant to accept his brother Bertie’s proposal of marriage. Once, when Wallis had been entertaining guests at the Fort with an impersonation of the duchess —whom she considered to be dowdy — Elizabeth walked into the room while she was in full flow.From that moment on, one of the women present believed, ‘the Duchess of York became her implacable enemy.’ So insistent was Edward on seeing her all the time, even going away with her on holiday, that she began to relish his occasional absences as ‘a lovely rest.’ And after a row with Ernest, she realised that her husband was no longer quite so willing to take a back seat.