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Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore
Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore

At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place. Without her, there might be no reason to obsess about Kate Middleton's dress. There'd be no gossip about the guest list. (Fergie and Simon Cowell were both royally snubbed.) There'd be no "sweet William" soaps or official royal wedding rose petal jelly for tourists in London to snap up. "If Wallis Simpson had never been born, King Edward VIII might not have abdicated the throne," says Hugo Vickers, the...

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