Protect and Survive
- Sep 3, 2008
You say Shrewd and I can understand the thinking, as you say Duff-Cooper was most likely to get a favourable reception with the Prince. The problem is that Duff-Cooper was relentless adulterer so he probably never quite understood the disgust he was supposed to convey, or that Edward would actually want to marry Wallace instead of keeping her as mistress.Duff-Cooper was, perhaps through temperament and lifestyle (as well as age) the Cabinet member most aligned to the King’s perspective and was sent, in a shrewd move by Baldwin, to go to the then Prince of Wales to explore options for ‘handling’ the matter of Mrs Simpson. He failed to convey much of the disquiet about what was, at that stage, a hypothetical situation to the King.