Eugene Lehman's Lives of English Monarchs says that Wallis Simpson didn't want "David" to abdicate. The reason given was that she'd gotten all out of him that she thought she could get and was ready to move on. If that's true, the abdication put her on the spot. She could either be the woman who deserted a man who'd given up his throne for her (and how welcome would she be in royal circles after that?). Or she could marry the geek and live out her life on an allowance from the new king's pocket. Some choice. But a rather fitting punishment, some might say.

[This message has been edited by Lorna (edited 01-10-2011).]