Madonna requests Queens permission to play Wallis Simpson
Madonna has written to the Queen to ask her permission to make a film about the former Prince of Wales and his affair with Wallis Simpson.
Her Madgesty reportedly has her heart set on starring as Wallis, whose affair with King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – sparked a royal crisis when he abdicated the throne to marry her.
It is said Madonna ‘sees similarities’ between herself and the twice-divorced Simpson, as they were both from the US and married Englishmen.
Madonna is said to be so keen on playing the role, she has researched it extensively, even covering a wall of her home with articles on the socialite.
A friend told The Sun: ‘Madonna sees Wallis Simpson as her next big project. She is as passionate about it as she was about playing Eva Peron in Evita.
‘Madonna said she is fascinated about this American commoner who refused to conform or offer explanations for her tangled love life.’
Just months into his reign in 1936, Edward caused a constitutional crisis when he proposed to Wallis.
Although he could legally have remained king, the Prime Minister opposed the union, arguing the nation would never accept Wallis as queen.
Rather than give her up, Edward chose to abdicate, making him the only monarch of Britain to have voluntarily relinquished his throne.
He said in a radio interview: ‘I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility as king without the help and support of the woman I love.’
The couple stayed together as Duke and Duchess of Windsor and lived in France and the US.
All sounds very romantic – but why on earth Madonna wants to chance her arm at acting again, we’ll never know!