Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Car Has Some History Behind It. The Rolls-Royce that drove Meghan Markle to the chapel to marry Prince Harry was the same car that took US divorcee Wallis Simpson to her husband’s funeral.
The 1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV chauffeured the new Duchess of Sussex to St George’s Chapel on her wedding day. This marked 46 years after it was used for American Ms Simpson.
Meghan Markle had glowed on her wedding day to Prince Harry barely two weeks ago, along wither her mother Doria Ragland being by her side.
But some suggested that the use of the car may have been in bad taste, since it was used by Ms Simpson to attend the funeral of her husband the Duke of Windsor in 1972.
Someone on Twitter tweeted: “Meghan had been divorced before, so that’s that… Not out of respect but out of disrespect.”
Ms Simpson will always be known as the woman who plunged the monarchy into crisis.
Because of her marriage to King Edward III in 1937, this led to him becoming the first ever monarch to abdicate, forever changing the path of history. Eventually this lead to Queen Elizabeth II becoming Queen.
King Edward was told in December 1936 that he could not both be king and marry Wallis.
Edward made a BBC broadcast saying he could not do what was required to be king “without the help and support of the woman I love”.
They married on June 3, 1937, at the Chateau de Candé, but none of Edward’s family attended. The pair became Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
It’s not the first time that Meghan has been apart of controversy.
Princess Michael of Kent had worn a blackamoor brooch to the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch last year – not realizing Meghan’s ancestors were slaves.
Blackamoor is 18th Century artwork. It is often found in sculpture, jewellery and textiles where black men and women are characterized as slaves.
Only 18 Phantom IVs were built by Rolls-Royce from 1950 to 1956.
All other remaining models are in museums and other public collections.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom IV had been built personally for the Queen in 1950 while she was still Princess Elizabeth.
It was the first Rolls-Royce owned by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
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