There aren’t many American women who can say they’ve married a real life prince (though there are more than we expected), but even fewer in this group can claim to have any sort of connection to one another. Except, that is, Meghan Markle and Wallis Simpson.
Markle, who famously married Prince Harry in May, and Simpson, who married King Edward VIII, are surprisingly both connected to Meghan and Harry’s new house at Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage. Simpson was an American-born socialite who was catapulted into the spotlight after Edward gave up his throne to be with her. (She was twice divorced, which was frowned upon at the time. Look how far we’ve come).
Simpson passed away in the mid-’80s, and was buried alongside her husband … right next to Frogmore Cottage, of all places.
Wallis and Edward are buried in the Royal Burial Ground, which also includes a mausoleum that entombs Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, among other members of the family.
Frogmore Cottage — where Meghan and Harry will live — is close by, with 10 bedrooms that will eventually include a nursery, personal gym, and yoga studio.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year,” the palace announced on Nov. 24. “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”