Throughout the 1930s these two women waged a war of their own, viciously tearing into each other’s reputation. Through a series of monologues, set in 1967 London just before Elizabeth and Wallis were about to meet for the first time in 30 years, their true personalities and what they really thought of each other are revealed.
In a series of startling discoveries in the build-up to the Abdication, history is rewritten with the revelation that Wallis desperately appealed to her lover not to give up the throne, while Elizabeth insisted it was his only course of action if he refused to leave Wallis.
"Royal Wives at War" explores the emotional impact of the post-Abdication fallout: how Wallis regretted a marriage she couldn’t avoid; how Elizabeth, miserable at becoming Queen consort, fought to ostracize and exile Edward and Wallis, pushing them both into the arms of Hitler and spilling personal matters into the political realm. On the outbreak of war, the British government was forced to step in, banishing the Windsors to the sleepy backwater of the Bahamas. While Wallis bitterly lashed out from afar, Elizabeth became the power behind the throne during the war years.
Featuring renowned actresses Gina McKee as Wallis Simpson and Emma Davies as Elizabeth, the dramatic storytelling is charged with emotion and journalistic revelation. Told with the help of three leading royal biographers, Anne Sebba, Lady Colin Campbell and Andrew Morton, conversing in an intimate gossipy style, this is the story of a family affair that changed the course of world events.