Edward VIII and Wallis meet with their friend Adolf Hitler in 1936
Madonna is writing to the Queen to ask for assistance with a film that she is making about Wallis Simpson.
Queen of pop Madonna seeks help from the real Queen
By Richard Eden
Known as the Queen of pop, Madonna hopes to receive a helping hand with her new film from a genuine monarch.
The 51-year-old American singer is to write to the Queen to ask for assistance with W.E., a film that she is making about the Edward VIII abdication crisis.
“Madonna is keen to make the film as authentic as possible and would be very grateful if we are allowed to film at certain locations,” says one of her associates. “She loves the UK and holds your Queen in the highest regard.”
Madonna, who lived in Sir Cecil Beaton’s former house in Dorset during her seven-year marriage to the British director Guy Ritchie, plans to start shooting the film this summer.
The singer has long been fascinated by the 1936 crisis, in which Edward VIII’s desire to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite, caused a constitutional dilemma.
The crisis was resolved by Edward’s abdication and his succession by his brother, George VI, who was the Queen’s father. Edward was given the title the Duke of Windsor and he married Mrs Simpson.
The film, for which Madonna worked on the screenplay, will star Abbie Cornish, an Australian actress, as a contemporary woman obsessed by the story of Mrs Simpson.
A courtier warns that Madonna should not get her hopes up as filming is generally not allowed in the Royal palaces. “I can’t imagine that Her Majesty would make an exception, particularly for a film about Wallis Simpson,” he says.