"the Prince has taken a house here and that the American woman, Mrs Simpson"
Portrait of Wallis Simpson, 1936
Public DomainPortrait of Wallis Simpson, 1936 - Credit: Unknown English Photographer

Equally as controversial as her future husband, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (1896-1986) was an American socialite originally born under the name Bessie Wallis Warfield.

She later became Mrs Spencer and then Simpson, before netting herself the former King of the British Empire and Emperor of India...

Such was the scandal of the Prince wanting to marry a twice married and once divorced American that Britain was thrown into a major constitutional crisis and saw Edward abdicate from the throne after only a few months as King.

Meanwhile, the Duchess was never awarded the title of 'Her Royal Highness'.