|The Duke of Windsor with a ciggie and two Cartier Trinity rings.|
To get away from the election and post-election coverage I decided to start watching the new series The Crown on Netflix. I am enjoying it immensely. It has such high production values and great acting. What a visual treat too—the sets, the scenery, the costumes, the jewelry, and the makeup, my God, the makeup!
I have seen three episodes, including “Windsor,” which had all sorts of inaccuracies regarding the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—for one, Wallis was not present when David gave his famous “Abdication” speech on December 11, 1936, nor was his mother, Queen Mary. David and Wallis were portrayed in this episode with the negative patina they nearly always receive on screen, which wasn’t much of a surprise, since the focus in this series is on Queen Elizabeth II and how she came to be the Queen of England, and her branch of the family despised them. However, it reminded me of some of the posts I’ve done on the Duke and Duchess, which I loved putting together, so I couldn’t help returning to this subject.
Before we get to that I have to share this shot from the show. Of course, if the spiffy dress didn’t give it away, the pugs would. Here is how the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are portrayed in The Crown. This is an urelated side note but I love that baby pug so much, the one nestled in Lia’s arm. That face! Those eyes! I have not seen what happens in this episode so if you know, don’t tell me!
|Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor and Lia Williams as the Duchess. Photo by Netflix.|
Today’s topic is the Duke of Windsor’s disposition and notes on his character that the Duchess of Windsor wrote about in her 1956 memoir, The Heart Has Its Reasons. I loved this gem:
“Aside from his blithe assumption that the logistics of life would take care of themselves, I discovered that David had endearing qualities that were rare in my experience. There was not a mean bone in his body or a snide thought in his mind. Gossip rolled off him like rain off a slate roof; he never allowed gossip to warp his healthy faith in human nature. He had an extraordinary resiliency of the spirit.”
|The Duke and Duchess with their pugs Trooper, Disraeli, Imp, and Davy Crockett.|
“…along with the thriftiness and conservatism that were so innately a part of David’s inheritance went an extraordinary outgivingness and trust in those about him. I came to realize that this was an expression of his sunny disposition, his difficulty in bringing himself to believe ill of anyone. Perhaps, at a critical time for him, this quality was his salvation; believing, as he does, that all human experience should be a challenge, it was impossible for him ever to think that any change in circumstances could be a defeat.”
That last part seems particularly timely given the state of world politics. And how interesting to learn that the Duke thought life should be a challenge!
|The Duke with his mother Queen Mary in October 1945. Getty Images photo.|
I know plenty of people have a bad opinion of the Duke of Windsor but I have been cheered by re-reading these words about how somebody decided to Stay Positive even when (especially when!), the going got tough.
Let me know if you are watching The Crown and what you think of it.