Here we are in 2017 and a 36 year old American divorcee, TV actress and Prince Harry have announced their engagement. Not only that, everyone, including the Queen, seem quite happy about it.
My, have times have changed. When Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American, fell in love with Edward, Prince of Wales, the story was quite different. With Edward’s accession to King of the United Kingdom, Wallis divorced her second husband to marry him.
The fact that she was twice divorced with two living ex-husbands was frowned upon. The King’s desire to marry “the woman I love” threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in England and ultimately led to his abdication of the throne in 1936. Six months latter he married Wallis. No longer King, he was given a new title by his brother and successor King Goerge Vl and was known as Duke of Windsor with Wallis as his Duchess.
On the other hand, Prince Harry is fifth in line for the throne and quite ready to tie the knot. Rather than view his engagement as a crisis of any kind, both sides of the Atlantic appear ready to embrace the couple who will wed in the Spring.
(There are plenty of pix of the couple available online.)