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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 15:19 GMT
Disbelief from family of Simpson's lover
Guy Trundle
Guy Trundle was an "excellent dancer"
The family of Wallis Simpson's secret lover have reacted with disbelief to revelations of the affair, which emerge in secret documents published by the Public Record Office on Thursday.

Guy Marcus Trundle, who was a married man, is portrayed as a "charming adventurer" with a Mayfair address and a talent for dancing, in the papers compiled by Special Branch officers.

His 82-year-old sister-in-law, Pauline Trundle, said: "Half of it I do not believe - but it must be true if the police say so."

The widow of Trundle's elder brother, Alwyne, she said that her "husband never talked about him" and that there appeared to be no pictures of him among the family photographs.

'Intimate relations'

Mr Trundle and Mrs Simpson were watched by Special Branch officers during the 1936 abdication crisis.

Trundle documents
Secret meetings are made by appointment when intimate relations take place

Special Branch document

They portrayed him as a roguish character with good looks, who boasted "that every woman falls for him" and said that he was happy to accept money and gifts from Mrs Simpson.

He is said to have met Mrs Simpson "quite openly at informal social gatherings as a personal friend, but secret meetings are made by appointment when intimate relations take place".

The reports add: "Trundle is a motor engineer and salesman and is said to be employed by the Ford Motor Company.

"It is not known what salary he gets."

Family home

Mr Trundle was born in York in 1899, the son of George and Amy Trundle.

His father was a minister in the city and is thought to have served in several churches there.

According to the 1901 census, the family lived in the city's Cowley Street with a nurse and two domestic servants.

Guy Trundle left the family home for London, where he married Melosine Cary-Barnard, the daughter of a retired army colonel, in the Paddington district in 1932.

The couple had a daughter, Pamela, in 1937, but eventually divorced.

Queen's birthplace

While Mr Trundle was under Special Branch surveillance he lived at 18 Bruton Street in London's West End.

The address was a stone's throw from the birthplace of Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen, at 17 Bruton Street.

It was the London home of the Queen Mother's parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.

Both townhouses have now been demolished to make way for an office block.

Mr Trundle died on 3 December, 1958, in east London.

He had spent the final years of his life in Chelsea and left a modest 5,000, worth about 60,000 in today's values.

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