Wallis Simpson was in love with another man during marriage to Edward VII: Historian

PHOTO: Late American socialite Wallis Simpson is photographed here in an image featured in a new biography of Simpson, "Wallis in Love," by historian Andrew Morton. PlayGrand Central Publishing
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Before Meghan Markle, Wallis Simpson was the first American divorcee to marry into the British royal family.

While Simpson has been a figure of intrigue for decades, her recent portrayal in the Netflix hit show "The Crown" and the many comparisons between her and Markle have thrust her story back into the public eye.

PHOTO: The late American socialite Wallis Simpson in a kimono is featured in her new biography Wallis in Love by historian Andrew Morton. Grand Central Publishing
The late American socialite Wallis Simpson in a kimono is featured in her new biography "Wallis in Love" by historian Andrew Morton.

Historian Andrew Morton's latest book "Wallis in Love" paints a new image of the American socialite, arguing that the Duchess of Windsor was in love with another man during her marriage to Edward VIII.

Morton also argues that Simpson was only in love with Edward VII's title. When Edward VIII told Simpson that he abdicated the throne for her, Morton says she called him a "fool," writing that the exchange was heard by the French secret police who were monitoring their phone calls between the South of France and England during that time.

PHOTO: Herman Rogers in an image from a new biography of Wallis Simpson, Wallis in Love, by historian Andrew Morton. Grand Central Publishing
Herman Rogers in an image from a new biography of Wallis Simpson, "Wallis in Love," by historian Andrew Morton.

Morton claims that Herman Rogers, who Simpson met while she was living abroad in China, was the love of her life, and that her public life and marriage with Edward VIII was a charade.

When Rogers married his second wife Lucy Wann, Wallis reportedly gave the couple an engraved silver tray with only his name on it as a wedding present.

Morton also writes that Wann was terrified that Simpson would leave Edward VIII for Rogers, and at one point even told her, "You have got your king, but I have got your Herman," knowing how much Rogers meant to Simpson.

PHOTO: Edward VII is photographed bare chested and featured in a new biography of Wallis Simpson, Wallis in Love, by historian Andrew Morton. Grand Central Publishing
Edward VII is photographed bare chested and featured in a new biography of Wallis Simpson, "Wallis in Love," by historian Andrew Morton.

Another revelation about Simpson and Edward VIII in the book is that the couple were in close, but secret, contact with Nazis during World War II, whom they enlisted to look after their homes in France.

PHOTO: The cover for a new biography by historian Andrew Morton is about late American socialite Wallis Simpson, Wallis in Love. Grand Central Publishing
The cover for a new biography by historian Andrew Morton is about late American socialite Wallis Simpson, "Wallis in Love."

Morton writes that Simpson and Edward VIII hated the rest of the British royal family until their deaths because Simpson was never given the title "Her Royal Highness."

By combing through diary entries, letters, never-before-published records and much more, Morton's depiction of Simpson sheds new light on the private life of the Duchess of Windsor.

PHOTO: Wallis Simpson and Edward VII are photographed in an image featured in a new biography of Wallis Simpson, Wallis in Love, by historian Andrew Morton.Grand Central Publishing
Wallis Simpson and Edward VII are photographed in an image featured in a new biography of Wallis Simpson, "Wallis in Love," by historian Andrew Morton.

Morton told ABC News that many things have changed between the time when Wallis married Edward VIII and now, when another American divorcee is engaged to a British royal prince.

While Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne in order to marry the woman he loved because Church of England would not accept his decision to wed a divorced woman, Markle has so far been welcomed by the British royal family. Even before their marriage, Markle spent the Christmas holidays with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family at Sandringham.

PHOTO: Wallis Simpsons 1924 passport photo is pictured here. Grand Central Publishing
Wallis Simpson's 1924 passport photo is pictured here.

The historian argues that by witnessing the lives of these two American women, one can see how clearly times have changed to become more tolerant.

PHOTO: Wallis Simpson, the late American socialite, with Herman Rogers, who her biographer Andrew Morton says was the love of her life. Grand Central Publishing
Wallis Simpson, the late American socialite, with Herman Rogers, who her biographer Andrew Morton says was the love of her life.

"Wallis in Love" hits bookstores nationwide on Feb. 13.

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