Jeremy Kyle: Wallis Simpson is to blame for George VI’s death
Jeremy Kyle says his father was the Queen Mother's personal secretary and learnt that she blamed Wallis Simpson for precipitating the death of George VI.Madonna’s recent attempt to rehabilitate Wallis Simpson in the film W.E. has not apparently impressed Jeremy Kyle. The king of daytime television says the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother always blamed Simpson for precipitating the premature death of her husband, George VI.
“My father, now in his eighties, was the Queen Mum’s personal secretary and accountant 41 years,” says Kyle. “She always blamed Wallis Simpson for killing her husband. If not for the abdication and old Bertie becoming king, she believed he’d have lived longer.”
George VI, who was known informally as Bertie, died in 1952 at the age of 56, after 15 years on the throne. He became king after his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated before his coronation so that he could marry Simpson, an American who was divorcing her second husband. Queen Elizabeth lived to the age of 101.
Kyle, 46, has seldom talked about his father, Patrick. He reputedly had such a difficult time of it trying to get Queen Elizabeth’s finances in order that his family wanted him to take early retirement lest it take a toll on his health. The presenter of ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show recalls: “We were brought up with royalists and knowledge of royal yachts and tours.
“Sixty years ago, my old man, in our flat over a vegetable shop, answered a simple newspaper ad. To serve as junior clerk in the Royal Household. Ten interviews later, he was involved in her office, trips and handwriting all this archetypical elegant Royal matriarch’s personal menus for supper and dinner.