The graves of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, lie just 100 yards from Frogmore Cottage - Meghan and Harry’s former home.

In the Royal Burial Ground, the controversial couple’s final resting place was purposefully placed at a distance from the other royals buried there - its position a lasting reminder of their effective expulsion from the family when Edward abdicated to marry American twice-divorced Wallis in 1936–nuptials forbidden by the Church of England.

The comparisons between fellow US divorcee Meghan and Wallis Simpson have been there since the start.

But now they couldn’t be starker.

Wallis’s marriage into the British monarchy caused a historic chasm, and Meghan’s own has now done the same.

While the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t caused a king to abandon his throne, in Prince Harry , the modern Royals have lost a key figure instrumental to cementing their future popularity.

Similarly, both ‘abdications’ have also caused a deep dispute between brothers.

Edward wasn’t forgiven by his sibling, the Queen’s father George VI, who was forced to take the throne in his place.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson are buried not far from Frogmore Cottage
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson are buried not far from Frogmore Cottage

It remains to be seen if Prince William will be able to become close to Harry again post Megxit.

Cast apart from Royal life, the Windsors had to turn to commercial deals to support their lavish lifestyle, including book memoirs.

Meghan and Harry will now have to carefully weigh up similar options.

Whereas Wallis was refused a HRH title, Harry and Meghan retain theirs, but are not allowed to use them in a bid to stop them commercialising their status.

How hard that will make things, remains to be seen.

The ban didn’t stop the US press referring to Wallis with the title, and we may see that again.

There are of course, key differences.

Meghan and Harry’s wedding was a jubilant royal event in a way Edward and Wallis’s wasn’t allowed to be. They married in exile in France.

Wallis and Edward's lives make for some comparison with Harry and Meghan
Wallis and Edward's lives make for some comparison with Harry and Meghan

And Meghan and Harry themselves have chosen to split and run, whereas Edward and Wallis didn’t want to, and were instead ostracised by the angry royals.

While the Sussexes have seemed desperate to build a new life in north America, Edward wanted to return home after his marriage.

Wallis also wanted a HRH title, writing: “It is all a great pity because I loathed being undignified and...joining the countless titles that roam around Europe meaning nothing.”

She seemed to carry guilt at causing the split, writing to Edward’s mother of her “sorrow and regret... that I have been the cause of any separation.”

Wallis wanted to be royal – but Meghan believes a better life awaits.

Harry and Meghan with their son Archie
Harry and Meghan with their son Archie

Edward was also given a stipend by his brother, in return for agreeing never to return to Britain without permission.

In contrast, the Sussexes have expressed a wish for an independent financial life, and seem in no hurry to return to the UK.

But Harry, like Edward before him, will now face an independent life with no structure for the very first time.

A lost Edward struggled with it, turning to Wallis to provide that structure, and a new social group.

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Harry will no-doubt now lean on Meghan to help provide him with the same.

And Wallis was the one forever castigated and blamed in Britain for the rift. Even the Queen Mother reportedly called her “the lowest of the low”.

Meghan has made clear she already feels she has bore the brunt of public opinion.