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Wallis Simpson was, as she approached 40, desperately insecure, with ''a deep emotional, not necessarily sexual, need to show that she was still alluring''. It was not so much a play for the prince as his obsessive possessiveness that created a situation from which she found it impossible to extricate herself. Not that she necessarily wanted to. As a measure of her weakness of character, she went along with his amorous intentions yet wrote to Ernest all the while.

Wallis wearing the Diamond and Ruby suite, with the brooch in her hair.

And He's Got Some Serious Moves

And He's Got Some Serious Moves

Pin for Later: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Best Royal Dancing Moments And Kate Middleton Can Dance .

Especially If It Embarrasses Prince Harry

Especially If It Embarrasses Prince Harry

Prince William Loves to Dance

Pin for Later: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Best Royal Dancing Moments Prince William Loves to Dance

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Renaissance revival pendant of mermaid figures of enamelled gold (ronde-bosse enamel), with a central baroque pearl, set with table-cut diamonds and a cabochon ruby, and hung with a pendent pearl; by Louis Wièse.

Nikos Koulis (@nikoskoulisjewels) on Instagram: #oneofakind Oui Collection mismatched earrings with white diamonds and emeralds. #nikoskoulisjewels

Nikos Koulis (@nikoskoulisjewels) on Instagram: #oneofakind Oui Collection mismatched earrings with white diamonds and emeralds. #nikoskoulisjewels

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Sydney Russell School on July 16, 2015 in Barking, United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Sydney Russell School on July 2015 in Barking…

Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko Of Japan Attends The Tercentenary Birthday Celebrations For Carl Linnaeus In Sweden.Banquet At Uppsala Castle . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko Of Japan wears Honeysuckle tiara and awesome diamond reviere necklace during The Tercentenary Birthday Celebrations For Carl Linnaeus In Sweden Banquet At Uppsala Castle in May 2007