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The American woman who cost a king his throne


Wallis Simpson, a Baltimore belle, fell in love with King Edward VIII in the 1930s. But the two-time divorcee was deemed unacceptable so the King chose to give up his throne instead. The abdication triggered a crisis which shook the British monarchy and forever marked Wallis as a figure of controversy.

So what was it about Wallis Simpson that led a king to abdicate? The BBC's Katty Kay reports.

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