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The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder

by Andrew Rose

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Before Wallis Simpson, Prince Edward had a passionate and well-documented affair with call-girl Marguerite. This book is a non-fictional account of both their affair, their break-up, her marriage to an Egyptian prince, his murder, and her trial. Accused of her husband's murder in the Savoy hotel in London, England, Marguerite is on trial for her life. Meanwhile, the Crown must protect the reputation of the Crown Prince; thus the cover-up begins.

I was very interested in this subject but found the writing to be a bit slow. Though well-researched, well-written, and an interesting subject, this book was a slow read for me. That said, I would recommend it to those interested in the subject. ( )
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An interesting if somewhat patchy read. The earlier tilillating bits about Edward's early amatory adventures and his experiences in France in WWI are quite good, but after his affair with Marguerite Alibert concludes (quite quickly, surprising since its the whole focus of the book), the middle part drags. By far the best part is the blow by blow description of Marguerite's trial for the murder of her Egyptian playboy husband, where the cunning tactics used by the skilful defender turn what appeared to be a certain guilty verdict and a date with the hangman into an acquital. A lot of the book concerns the efforts by the Royal household and Edward's hangers-on to keep the Prince out of the trial, since she had in her possession certain incriminating letters written by the Prince during their affair and which would have been extremely embarassing had they seen the light of day. How Marguerite uses these letters to effectivley blackmail the authorities into all but guaranteeing her an acquital is fascinating. She was clearly a much smarter woman than her paramour, who comes across as a right royal dimwit. The author is scathing about Edward's character (or lack thereof). accusing him of being shallow and selfish, a wastrel, a man who continually thought with his gonads and not his cerebrum, and completely lacking in any sense of duty. to the extent he even complains about be dragged home from an African holiday because his father is seriously ill. Not stated explicitly in the book but certainly hinted at is the idea that Britain dodged a bullet through Edward's abdication, being saved from a monarch who may well have been a major embarassment. His brother, Bertie, shy, stammering and the devoted family man, grew into the role and became arguably Britain's best ever male monarch. His decision to stay in Britain in 1940 rather than flee to Canada in the face of seemingly certain German invasion did incalculable wonders for national morale. It is difficult to see whether Edward would have shown the same fibre. No-one could doubt his physical courage, but his judgement was completely out of whack, as evidenced by his continual choice of dubious and unsuitable women. His later flirtation with Nazism demonstrates just how flawed his judgement could be. This book demonstrates very well how early the flaws in Edward's character developed and how it was clear from his teens on how unsuited he was to be king. A worthwhile and interesting read. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 4, 2013 |
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The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-up. Never told before, this is the story of Edward, the Prince of Wales, the true love of his life, and the murder of an Arab playboy. It takes place in maisons de rendevous, luxurious chateaux in the French countryside providing hospitality for the British upper classes, the richest food, the finest wines and the most beautiful women - in Paris in the Ritz and the demi-monde - where many of the women came from - and an exclusive location in London where the murder was committed. This major royal scandal, superbly covered up by the Royal Household and the judiciary has remained secret ever since. The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder is the product of several years' research, accessing unpublished documents held in the Royal Archives and private collections in England and France.… (more)

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