Iconic couples: Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII

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Iconic couples: Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII

"I am so anxious for you not to abdicate and I think the fact that you do is going to put me in the wrong light to the entire world because they will say that I could have prevented it" - Wallis Simpson to King Edward VIII 

To some, it's the greatest love story of the 20th century, while others regard it as the ultimate royal scandal.

What is certain is that Wallis Simpson's romance with Prince Edward is mired in controversy. Because in order to be with the woman he loved, Britain's king was willing to pay a truly extraordinary price - he gave up the British throne