Collector Philip Baty defends Wallis Simpson — the Duchess of Windsor, whose 1937 marriage to the British King Edward VIII created a crisis in Britain — as though she were part of his family.
“People said that she was a gold-digger. It’s not true,” said Baty. Like any woman of her time, he insists, she simply wanted to marry well.
Born Bessie Wallis Warfield to a wealthy American family, Simpson grew up in Baltimore. She met Edward VIII in 1931, when she was still married to Ernest Simpson, her second husband. She eventually divorced Simpson and married Edward, a union that forced him to abdicate the throne.
For 20 years, Baty and his...