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Edward VIII

Script and direction by Ōno Takuji

Moon Troupe: 2012

 

Scene 1 // Prologue

 

Guy's voice can be heard in the darkened theater.

 

GUY (VOICE)

Hm? What? It's started? We're on air? .... My apologies. There's some trouble with our broadcast, and there's nothing we can do about it. I'll be your announcer now.

 

The performance will be starting momentarily. Once it begins, please refrain from sound recording or photography. They're really quite distracting. Also, cell phones can sometimes have such an influence that they stop the stage mechanics. So please don't just put them on manner mode, make sure the power is off.

 

Ah, this is such a great song. Walton's "Crown Imperial". This is the kind of song that when I hear it, it inspires me to relax back into my chair. When you lean forward, you'll block the view of the other audience members. Well then, it's almost time for the curtain to rise. I'll see you soon. Stay tuned. Don't miss it!

 

The buzzer.

 

GUY (VOICE)

It's time now for the performance to begin. Now then, this is a Moon Troupe Grand Theater performance. Without delay I'd like to introduce today's guest. Er, I mean the star of the show.

 

DAVID (VOICE)

You're really in a hurry, aren't you? Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming, I'm Moon Troupe's Kiriya Hiromu. The first part of today's program which you will see is Edward VIII. It's written and directed by Ōno Takuji, conducted by Sasada Aīchirou. Take it away, maestro.

 

Applause.

 

GUY (VOICE)

Well then let's start right off with this piece.

 

"God Save the King" begins playing.

 

The prologue begins, and the lights come up.

 

It's 1972. St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Attendees file in after the coffin of the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII.

 

Guy Burgess is standing outside the gates with a BBC radio microphone.

 

GUY

This is the British Broadcasting Company. I'm live outside the funeral of the recently deceased Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII.

 

GARTER KING OF ARMS

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India. His Most High, Potent, and Noble Majesty, Edward VIII.

 

ATTENDEES

What a noble title!

Why would he throw aside such a position?

 

Then Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, emerges, weeping wildly. She's supported by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

GUY

The one weeping so violently seems to be Mrs. Wallis. The queen is supporting her. If you'll remember, the deceased Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne because of his love for her.

 

ATTENDEES

This heroine whose name is engraved

in history past

Once had everything, and now it is all gone

 

Wallis leaves the funeral, alone. Once outside the gates she is recognized and mobbed by reporters. Inspector Anthony Dick from Scotland Yard tries to keep them at bay.

 

GUY

..... Duchess. Won't you tell us how you're feeling?

 

DICK

You, have some respect!

 

WALLIS

Yes... 35 years... Yes, 35 years. He was my everything. What will my life be now, without him...? I wanted to die before him.

 

She wipes at her eyes. From somewhere we hear the voice of David (the dead Duke of Windsor, or Edward VIII).

 

DAVID (VOICE)

As always, you can fake crying with the best, Wallis.

 

GUY

.... Hey, hey now. Who's that? That's rude!

 

He looks around, but all the reporters shake their heads.

 

DAVID (VOICE)

In the beginning you even had me completely fooled. But now I know, when you're faking tears, you dab your eyes all over with your handkerchief. It hides the fact that there are no tearsó more than that, it keeps your mascara from smudging.

 

Wallis drops her handkerchief and looks closely at the police inspector.

 

DICK

No, it's not me....!

 

DAVID (VOICE)

See, she's not crying, is she?

 

Guy grabs up the portable radio hanging from Dick's belt.

 

GUY

It's the radio. It's broadcasting!

 

WALLIS

David.

 

GUY

David... You mean, the one being buried right now?

 

DICK

I-is it a ghost!?

 

WALLIS

... What! Is there something you have to say to me? Whatever it is, say it and then go to heaven or wherever.

 

DICK

Aaaaah, it is!

 

WALLIS

Am I mistaken? Is it perhaps hell?

 

DAVID (VOICE)

What a reprehensible remark. But, well, what can you do? All that I want is a chance to say what needs to be said.

 

Fanfare.

 

The Garter King of Arms's voice echoes all around them.

 

GARTER KING OF ARMS

By the Grace of God, His Highness, Edward VIII!

 

The soldiers march away, pulling the cloth from the coffin. A throne is revealed, with Edward VIII in all his royal finery perched in the seat. He's holding a radio mic.

 

DAVID

(mimicking Wallis's tears) '35 years... He was my everything.' (he drops the act) I was your everything? ... How dare you say that so brazenly? Your character isn't quite so admirable after all, is it?

 

WALLIS

Is that what you were buried in? .... You must be sweltering.

 

DAVID

It's a formality for those who are royalty. By all rights, there would be a crown too.

 

GUY

That's right, you abdicated before the coronation ceremony.

 

DAVID

That's right. And it's all because of that woman.

 

WALLIS

You decided to quit all on your own. It was quite a hassle for me.

 

DAVID

What!?

 

WALLIS

Well, it was! After society made so much of it, we couldn't divorce!

 

DAVID

Now wait just a minute! You're off your rocker!

 

Infuriated, David stalks off his dais. However, once he's off of it, although his mouth is opening and closing and he's obviously talking, he doesn't make a sound.

 

WALLIS

What? Dead men tell no tales?

 

Realizing that Wallis can't hear him, he stalks back to the throne and picks up the mic again.

 

DAVID

... That's my line.

 

GUY

(looking at the radio) Of course! Since it's the radio.

 

DAVID

All right! If you hadn't pulled me along behind you in the first place, I wouldn't have ended up getting buried in this uncrowned, half-baked manner. .... Me, the eldest son of the royal family of Windsor, crown prince of the British Empire. .... National, no, international expectations and envy were all laid on the shoulders of one man, me-!

 

Wallis turns off the radio switch. Once more, David is ranting wordlessly, this time unable to do anything about it. Guy appeals to Wallis, and eventually she switches the radio back on.

 

DAVID

Don't turn the switch off! ... You've made me forget what I was saying.

 

GUY

Ah, "expectations and envy"....

 

DAVID

That's right. Expectations and envy were all laid on the shoulders of one man. ... It's not something I'm saying as a boast. It's how things were.

 

GUY

Yes. I understand, Your Highness. If it weren't for you, the British Empire might have followed the same path as all the other empires.

 

DAVID

That's right. (to Wallis) All right, listen up!

 

DAVID

Sunset of the royal families, overwhelmed by the tides of the age

Royal families extinguished by revolution

 

GUY

Thank you for your time, Romanov

Well done, Habsburg

The exit is that way, Hohenzollern

And all that remains in the end: Windsor

Watched closely by everyone

What can one man do?

 

GUY

Just one king left. If this were a card game, you would have folded by now.

 

DAVID

True. But in the British Empire there was still one joker left, me. ...Thomas!

 

Godfrey

Yes.

 

Appearing as called, the prince's close aide and ministry secretary, Godfrey Thomas, appears. He takes David's heavy mantle.

 

DAVID

I'll keep the pride for our royal family in my heart

And throw off the old accoutrements

 

GUY

Everyone, I give you His Royal Highness, Prince David!

 

DAVID

An imperial domain spread

Across the distant, surging seas

We proudly call it

'The Land Where the Sun Never Sets'

But lately I've been suffering from insomnia

And control isn't easy

So I'll give the command:

"I no longer need a guard"

I'll establish a new empire

Lift it up with me

Let's raise the flag together, far away

Let's go together, to that distant future

 

Scottish girls enter, with flags. They surround David, but he slips away handily.

 

The dancer Fred Astaire and his sister Adele enter.

 

GUY

At any rate, Prince David's popularity was astounding. The stars of Broadway, the siblings Fred and Adele Astaire, praised the prince even as they gained in popularity themselves.

 

The Astaires start to tap dance.

 

As Guy starts to sing, the dancing girls from the nightclub Cafť de Paris appear.

 

GUY

Fascinating Rhythm

You've got me on the go!

Got a little rhythm, that pit-a-pats through my brain;

So darn persistent

 

DAVID

The day isn't distant

When it'll drive me insane.

I hope it listens when I say:

I'm all a-quiver.

 

Comes in the morning

Without any warning,

And hangs around me all day.

 

We're friends, hey, please!

Fascinating Rhythm,

Won't you take a day off?

Fascinating Rhythm,

Won't you stop picking on me?

 

Oh, how I long to be the man I used to be!

 

 

Scene 2 // Cafe de Paris

 

Inside the Piccadilly night club "Cafe de Paris".

 

GUY

You've been listening to "Fascinating Rhythm", from the Astaire siblings' London production.

 

David is gathered together with Godfrey, the Astaire siblings, and Bruce Lockhart (a reporter from The Evening Standard). The head waiter, Martin Poulsen, approaches them.

 

POULSEN

... Your Highness, we are honored that you've come.

 

DAVID

I promised, didn't I, Marty? (To Fred) He was my server at the Embassy Club.

 

FRED

Oh? The prince's personal waiter? Then this place will be popular.

 

ADELE

Like us?

 

GODFREY

The Astaire siblings' popularity is a known fact.

 

LOCKHART

Which reminds me, the politicians at Westminster have a name for our prince here: The best salesman in Britain.

 

DAVID

The best salesman in Britain. (nods) Well, I'll take it as a compliment. ... Lockhart here is a reporter. He'll write all the nice things up for you in an article.

 

POULSEN

Please.

 

LOCKHART

My pleasure.

 

Louise Brooks, one of the club's revue girls, comes out.

 

LOUISE

Oh, Your Highness. Could you make me popular too?

 

DAVID

Perhaps. ... Fred, how about having her in your show?

 

FRED

I can't cast anyone more beautiful than my sister. That's the rule in our house.

 

ADELE

(looking annoyed) Fred!

 

LOUISE

Too bad! ... Oh well, I've already been invited onto a film.

 

Poulsen sees Louise bothering his guests and comes over to interfere.

 

POULSEN

Louise. I've told you not to bother the customers for promotions.

 

LOUISE

Sure, sure.

 

POULSEN

My deepest apologies.

 

DAVID

Louise. ... And what's the name of the film?

 

LOUISE

"Pandora's Box".

 

Louise exits with Poulsen.

 

DAVID

"Pandora's Box"? ... Better not to open that one.

 

ADELE

Really? ... But you always open them, don't you?

 

DAVID

Ahh, that is a great misunderstanding! My aide can stand witness.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness. Please don't lie on the day of your patron saint.

 

DAVID

Hear that, Lockhart?

 

LOCKHART

Rebellion against the royal family. A great scoop.

 

ADELE

Oh dear.

 

Fred

And exactly how many boyfriends do you have, my dear sister?

 

ADELE

Oh my! That's another misunderstanding. The prince and I are both simply very kind people. Especially to those with a regard for us.

 

DAVID

It's hard when no one understands us, hey, Adele?

 

Adele laughs.

 

DAVID

How about it, shall we be comrades-in-arms?

 

ADELE

Oh, yes.

 

GODFREY

Only one song. The king has announced that you'll be making a public appearance tomorrow.

 

DAVID

Father has? .... I wonder what he's scolding me for? Marty.

 

He takes Adele's hand and leads her onto the floor.

 

Louise

 

POULSEN

Wonderful! Oh it's wonderful

Beautiful, you're so beautiful,

You haunt me all day through

 

LOCKHART

(watching them dance) It must be hard, keeping up with him all night long.

 

GODFREY

It's fine. Making relaxed appearances at places like this is the secret behind the prince's popularity.

 

LOCKHART

Oh...? That's tough, always being in your public persona.

 

GODFREY

This is off the record. Particularly when you're talking with His Highness.

 

LOCKHART

(laughs) I understand. Then to seal our information agreement--

 

They shake hands.

 

Just then the song ends and Adele returns to her seat.

 

FRED

Oh? Adele, where's the prince?

 

ADELE

Hm? He said he was going to go ask for some Champaign.

 

GODFREY

... He's done it again.

 

When they look, the prince is getting intimate with another of the customers, Marguerite Laurent.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness!

 

Seeing that Godfrey has spotted him, David grabs Marguerite's hand and runs for the door. However, members of his cabinet (G Trotter, Perry Brownlow, and "Fruity" Metcalfe) enter at that moment.

 

PERRY

Your Highness, what is it?

 

GODFREY

Perry!

 

FRUITY

We got caught in traffic.

 

DAVID

Hahaha.... This way!

 

FRUITY

What on-?

 

FRED

Adele!

 

ADELE

Right!

 

Adele tries to grab a hold of David, and his dinner jacket rips.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness!

 

ADELE

Oops.

 

DAVID

... Godfrey John Vignoles Thomas!

 

GODFREY

Yes.

 

DAVID

Look! What is this? This stitching is completely unacceptable! What store was this tailored at?

 

GODFREY

... My deepest apologies. I'll start the procedure to remove them from patronage by the royal family immediately-

 

DAVID

Very well. Be more careful from now on.

 

He moves to escape once more.

 

FRUITY

(realizing) Hm?

 

GODFREY

Your Highness? Your Highness! Please wait!

 

David escapes, Godfrey and the others in pursuit. As the last out, Godfrey bumps into some men entering. They include Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and his rival Winston Churchill.

 

GODFREY

Pardonó (realizing) Oh, pardon me!

 

PERRY

Prime Minister Baldwin!

 

BALDWIN

Sh! I'm incognito today.

 

CHURCHILL

Was that the crown prince leaving just now?

 

PERRY

Yes sir.

 

CHURCHILL

Shouldn't you be going after him?

 

GODFREY

Sir. There is a policeman continuously watching over the prince.

 

BALDWIN

I see. ... More importantly, Churchill, I'm not certain I find this club suitable for our meeting.

 

CHURCHILL

I think a lively club is best suited, don't you? You and I are rivals, after all; we'll be at a loss for words soon enough.

 

BALDWIN

... I see.

 

Poulsen leads them to a table.

 

GODFREY

... Trotter, tomorrow is the Prime Minister's day to report to the king. If His Majesty hears about tonight....

 

TROTTER

Don't worry about it. He's used to the prince's behavior.

 

PERRY

That's right, it's nothing unusual. You're thinking too much about the formalities.

 

FRUITY

Right!

 

GODFREY

.... Well, in any case, it's because I'm a newcomer.

 

FRUITY

Don't sulk.

 

FRED

Have you all served the prince long?

 

TROTTER

Yes. Thomas was selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but-

 

PERRY

The rest of us are school pals, and war comrades.

 

FRUITY

So we're a company of old friends turned into a cabinet.

 

GODFREY

Everyone, it's because of this that the prince-

 

TROTTER

Now, now.

 

Our Prince

 

TROTTER

It's not such a big deal.

 

GODFREY

You really think so?

 

PERRY

You have to take a breather, once in a while.

 

GODFREY

You take too many!

 

FRUITY

You should throw written reports in the wastebasket-

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

And toss them away!

 

GODFREY

Again?

 

TROTTER

Pretend not to see the prince.

 

GODFREY

Even though it's my job?

 

PERRY

It's just the prince's personality.

 

GODFREY

It's his personality, so?

 

FRUITY

No matter how you tie him down and scold-

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

He'll just run!

 

GODFREY

He'll go behind my back.

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

Instead, he's the type more malleable to praise.

 

GODFREY

So, just like a little boy?

 

GODFREY

If you spoil him, it'll become a habit.

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

Too late!

 

GODFREY

Pretend not to see the prince.

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

Our prince.

 

GODFREY

It'll do more harm than good.

So, tonight-

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

What's tonight?

 

GODFREY

I'll rake him over the coals.

 

FRUITY/TROTTER/PERRY

Well then, show us what you've got!

 

The song ends, and a gunshot rings out.

 

GODFREY

... Your Highness!

 

Perry

Hurry!

 

 

Scene 3 // Savoy Hotel

 

A room at the Savoy Hotel. Marguerite Laurent is pointing a gun at her husband, Egyptian Fahmy Bey.

 

MARGUERITE

... My dear. You need to leave without a fuss.

 

FAHMY

Now, wait! Calm down!

 

MARGUERITE

I am calm. I'm calm, and that's why I'm telling you. ... You're in my way!

 

FAHMY

Unbelievable selfishness... I'm the one who should be upset! My wife has been luring in men as her secret lovers.

 

DAVID

That's very true.... Right, Marguerite? So give me the-

 

MARGUERITE

No!

 

Her gun wavers dangerously.

 

FAHMY

Uwah!

 

MARGUERITE

Oh, Fahmy. Do you love me?

 

FAHMY

Hm? .... Yes. I love you.

 

MARGUERITE

Of course you do. So you should leave. As long as you're here I can't become a princess!

 

DAVID

... Marguerite.

 

MARGUERITE

Yes?

 

FAHMY

Now!

 

Taking advantage of her distraction, Fahmy tries to get to her to pull the gun away. She reacts wildly.

 

MARGUERITE

Don't come near me!

 

She shoots.

 

Godfrey comes racing out.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness!

 

MARGUERITE

Ah!

 

TROTTER

Your Highness, are you unharmed?

 

DAVID

... Yes.

 

GODFREY

What on earth?

 

DAVID

Don't even ask....

 

TROTTER

We'll talk after things are settled. Just, before we get into explanations, let's get away from here.

 

The Scotland Yard inspector, Anthony Dick, and hotelman enter.

 

DICK

Excuse us. I've had a report that someone heard a gunshot. Has something happened?

 

TROTTER

Oh, no, this is....

 

Dick spots the drawn gun.

 

DICK

Quiet. No one move!

 

Dick comes further into the room, which allows a reporter who has been hiding behind him to snap a picture.

 

DICK

Who are you?

 

REPORTER

All right!

 

The reporter starts to take off, but before he can, Lockhart stops him. Lockhart takes his camera. Behind Lockhart, Churchill enters.

 

LOCKHART

Oh dear, he's one of my reporters.

 

DICK

What? What do you mean by just coming in here?

 

LOCKHART

Officer, it would be better to look at people before speaking.

 

DICK

.. Winston Churchill!

 

HOTELMAN

(delayed reaction) Prince David!

 

DICK

Eh?

 

CHURCHILL

(to Dick) Keep a lookout in front of the door.

 

LOCKHART

Better snap to it.

 

DICK

Yes, sir!

 

Dick leaves.

 

CHURCHILL

Your Royal Highness.

 

DAVID

Churchill.

 

GODFREY

SirĻ, this--

 

DAVID

He knows it's exactly what it looks like.

 

CHURCHILL

An amusing spectacle. It makes my trip here worthwhile. Finally, a public service.

 

DAVID

Finally?

 

CHURCHILL

Yes. The prime minster and I do not get along. I've been forced from his cabinet and remain as simply a member of parliament. Hey (to Lockhart).

 

LOCKHART

This is a democratic country. We have free speech-

 

CHURCHILL

Well then, how about an exchange? For an interview with me about my resignation.

 

LOCKHART

Your...? Hey, what do you mean?

 

REPORTER

If we have a monopoly on the announcement...

 

LOCKHART

... It's a promise.

 

Lockhart pulls the film from the camera.

 

CHURCHILL

I'm free now-

 

DAVID

... Churchill. I think you know this, but I have no interest in taking part in your and Baldwin's political situation.

 

CHURCHILL

I'm only keeping the national interest in mind, Your Highness. Collateral and such.

 

Churchill bows and exits.

 

TROTTER

All right. Let's make our exit now, too.

 

MARGUERITE

Oh, wait, Your Highness. What about me?

 

DAVID

...Becoming a princess?

 

MARGUERITE

Yes.

 

TROTTER

What a joke. The prince to marry a divorced woman?

 

MARGUERITE

How rude! I'm still a married woman! And this one is my second.

 

PERRY

All the worse!

 

DAVID

Marguerite.

 

He hands the gun back to her.

 

MARGUERITE

What?

 

DAVID

Be happy.

 

MARGUERITE

What!? ... Oh, my dear.... (sing-songing as she draws closer to her husband)

 

FAHMY

Ahhh!

 

Godfrey helps David into his jacket.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness. Learn a lesson from this and stop...

 

DAVID

Stop haranguing me!

 

The two of them walk onto the silver bridge.

 

GODFREY

... Geez... Who could stand up to a prince?

 

DAVID

Did you say something?

 

GODFREY

No. Please, have a care how you step.

 

DAVID

You're so transparent. ... I was only indulging in a little dream.

 

Prince Charming

 

I wanted to believe

That it happens to everyone

That someday I'll meet someone who calls to me

 

Commonplace dreams

My role is to grant dreams

That is a prince's job

The business of garnering popularity with smiles and charm

No matter who, everyone is easy

You are too, aren't you?

 

Prince Charming

People think highly of him

But no one sees him

All that they see of me, here,

Is my image

Prince Charming

 

DAVID

... That husband's suit. It had very nice tailoring.

 

GODFREY

Understood. As soon as we return home I shall inquire into the name of the shop.

 

DAVID

Better hurry. If you don't, that woman will....

 

GODFREY

Yes, sir. Before he's killed.

 

They exit.

 

GUY

You've been listening to young Prince David's "Prince Charming."

 

 

(1) Technically, the word used in the script is "daijin" (大臣), or "cabinet minister." Probably Ono-sensei was thinking of the time Churchill spent as Minister of the Exchequer (1924-1929), although at the time David was meeting Wallis, Churchill was simply an MP in the House of Commons. To avoid confusion by readers who might think Churchill was prime minister at this time, I decided to just use "sir."

 

 

Scene 4 // A Villa in Leicestershire

 

GUY

Now then, the last request was from Mrs. Wallis Simpson. ... Mrs. .... Simpson?

 

Wallis appears.

 

WALLIS

Simpson is my husband. Which you well know.

 

GUY

That's right, your second husband. Like that woman earlier.

 

WALLIS

Don't compare me to that horrid woman.

 

GUY

All right. Although, on that day you were the one who asked. "I want to meet Prince David," you said to your friend Thelma Furness.

 

WALLIS

Yes, that's right.

 

GUY

You wrote in your memoirs that you collected the prince's souvenirs when you were in high school.

 

WALLIS

I didn't go to meet a prince. I went to see England's finest salesman.

 

GUY

Salesman. What do you mean?

 

Ernest Simpson enters.

 

Ernest

Wallis.

 

WALLIS

My dear. ...It's been a while.

 

Ernest

Yes, things have been busy. More importantly, I have a favor to ask you tonight.

 

WALLIS

I know.

 

Ernest

If we can catch the prince's favor, we can sell at any price. After all, us Americans have a soft spot for anything related to royals.

 

GUY

So that's how it was. In other words, a calculation.

 

WALLIS

Exactly. Problem?

 

GUY

No, it's only natural.

 

The scene opens up into the party.

 

Calculation Song

 

GUY

Is it useful or not?

That is the standard for everything in this world

Only those who realize that,

win the best wine.

 

GUY

Her first husband was a vicious drinker.

 

WALLIS

Terrible!

 

GUY

When he stopped being useful,

she got rid of him.

 

WALLIS

Naturally.

 

GUY

And now, this husband--

 

WALLIS

A lucky meeting.

 

GUY

She decided to change trains at that station.

 

WALLIS

Naturally.

 

GUY

She's just a lady

who chooses her paths carefully.

 

WALLIS

I'll have to catch one this evening.

 

GUY

Here is a new chance

coming near.

 

WALLIS

This evening is a chance.

 

GUY

Your eye is on the prince

you once admired.

 

Ernest

There's the prince!

Time for your entrance.

 

GUY

A simple choice:

Useful or useless?

 

Ernest

Now, go.

Time to take aim.

 

GUY

However, everyone else

also wants to choose that path,

so...

 

Guests

The prince is useful,

so...

 

GUY

If you can't get close

you can't control this battle.

It's savage.

 

Guests

Everyone else is an enemy.

 

At that moment David enters, but everyone is trying to get close to him and Wallis is pushed back outside the crowd.

 

GUY

This looks bad.

 

At that moment Thelma (Davidís current mistress) appears, and Wallis stops her.

 

WALLIS

Thelma.

 

Thelma

Wallis. ...Wait just a little longer, will you? My prince is popular. Everyone has been asking for an introduction.

 

WALLIS

I see.

 

Thelma walks away after the crowd.

 

Thelma

Ladies and gentlemen, we have some new cocktails ready for you in the next room. Afterward, perhaps the prince can name them.

 

The crowd files into the next room, leaving Wallis behind.

 

Ernest

Wallis, I have to leave early.

 

WALLIS

Where are you headed tonight?

 

Ernest

I told you, I'm busy. ... Have fun.

 

Ernest leaves.

 

WALLIS

What does he mean, 'Have fun'?

 

Servant

Can I bring you anything?

 

WALLIS

I'm fine. Thank you.

 

The servant leaves. David enters and upends a bucket of water that was keeping the Champaign cool into the planter. Some of it lands on Wallis, who is sitting on the other side.

 

WALLIS

Aah!

 

DAVID

I knew it. The water is leaking out.

 

WALLIS

What?

 

DAVID

The potted plant. Look, it won't make it through the winter like this.

 

WALLIS

It's leaked onto my hem!

 

DAVID

What are you doing? Hurry up and dry it off.

 

WALLIS

... What?

 

DAVID

This villa doesn't have the convenience of American-style central heating, you know. You'll catch a cold.

 

WALLIS

Now look here, that isn't- (she suddenly realizes) Your Highness.

 

DAVID

You are an American? ... I knew it. You should be bowing to me right now. Of course I'm not bothered by such trifles.

 

Wallis gives a grudging curtsy. Godfrey enters with a cocktail in his hand.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness, everyone is ready.

 

DAVID

Thomas. Get this missus something to dry off with.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness, what now?

 

DAVID

I didn't do anything.

 

WALLIS

Yes. His Highness only made a mistake: Between me and a potted plant.

 

DAVID

... Ah, is that it. Well, nothing for it now. Use this.

 

David pulls Godfrey's handkerchief out of his pocket and hands it to Wallis. Wallis tries to dry off.

 

GODFREY

What's going on?

 

DAVID

It's the plant that I gave to Thelma. Look, it's leaking.

 

He grabs the cocktail and throws it onto the plant, hitting Wallis once again.

 

WALLIS

Ahh! (She jumps to her feet.)

 

DAVID

Again? Uh....

 

GODFREY

Mrs. Simpson. I believe she and her husband are on the list.

 

DAVID

If that's the case, we can get through this conversation quickly. I'll apologize and you'll tell me whatever your husband wants said. Probably something he wants from me? ... That's generally the reason why Americans want to meet with me.

 

GODFREY

And the lady of the house. She wants you to name a cocktail!

 

DAVID

Godfrey. Thelma is American too.

 

GODFREY

Ah, now that you mention it...

 

DAVID

If you leave them be, they take advantage of you. Before granting them independence we should have granted them some manners.

 

GODFREY

Haven't you praised them for their lack of reserve and the ease with which they can be understood?

 

DAVID

Don't say that. (to Wallis) ... What?

 

GODFREY

Shall I look for your husband for you?

 

WALLIS

No thank you. ... I'm disappointed, Your Highness. I certainly didn't expect to be disappointed by a prince of the United Kingdom.

 

DAVID

Disappointed? ... Don't speak so melodramatically. After all, it's you Americans who-

 

WALLIS

So sorry I'm an American.

 

DAVID

What?

 

WALLIS

If we're to speak of manners, Your Highness, isn't there something you've forgotten as well?

 

DAVID

I?

 

WALLIS

An apology for dumping water on me.

 

DAVID

I told you I'd listen to your husband's spiel....

 

WALLIS

That and this are completely different matters. I don't know British manners, but for Americans, we apologize clearly.

 

DAVID

Mrs. Simpson. Will that satisfy you?

 

WALLIS

... Truly, disappointed.

 

She begins to walk away.

 

DAVID

Wait!

 

WALLIS

Ah, I'm sorry. I must mind my manners.

 

She curtsies and turns to leave.

 

DAVID

That's not....

 

Thelma comes to fetch David. Trotter, Perry, and Fruity enter behind her.

 

Thelma

David. Everyone is waiting.

 

DAVID

Wait a moment, I'm speaking with-

 

Wallis spins back around.

 

WALLIS

Ah, I'm sorry to trouble you, but I only want to offer a suggestion: ...It would probably be better not to give cocktails to the potted plants.

 

Thelma

I see, you're talking about the cocktails.

 

DAVID

No! That cocktail was....

 

Thelma

David.

 

Fruity

Your Highness~ If you don't come quickly we'll end up really drunk.

 

Perry

Fruity.

 

Thelma

And did you think of a name?

 

David is pulled away by the crowd.

 

GODFREY

Uhm....

 

Wallis returns Godfrey's handkerchief.

 

WALLIS

Thank you.

 

She leaves the room in the opposite direction of David and the crowd.

 

GUY

If you were being practical, it would have been better to take him up on the favor.

 

WALLIS

... It's fine.

 

GUY

This isn't a calculation, it's a miscalculation.

 

WALLIS

... I know! Of course it is. ...But that man was Prince David.

 

GUY

What now? Then you did want to meet him? The prince?

 

WALLIS

... Yes, that's right. But it's only natural. After all, he's more popular than Mickey Mouse!

 

Wallis crosses the bridge, followed by Guy.

 

Miscalculation Song

 

Even if there's calculation, there's a little anticipation

Even adults sometimes read fairy tales

I've come this far, I'll continue the miscalculations

It's the sweetness of the ending which is the best part, truthfully

 

Behind her on the main stage, people are dancing.

 

GUY

Though it seems you weren't the only one to fall into miscalculation.

 

Wallis leaves. On the stage, David is standing alone in the room where he met Wallis, with the sounds of the music playing somewhere off stage. Godfrey finds him.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness. What are you doing alone?

 

DAVID

I'm tired of people.

... Hey, Thomas, earlier....

 

GODFREY

Yes?

 

DAVID

... No, it's nothing.

 

He pulls out a cigarette.

 

GODFREY

Yes, sir.

 

Godfrey lights it.

 

David goes to sit on the bench, unfortunately it's the wet patch he made earlier and he jumps to his feet.

 

DAVID

Aaugh!

 

GODFREY

Sir.

 

Godfrey holds out his handkerchief.

 

GUY

Miscalculations repeat, life goes on

We trust in what luck brings us, truthfully

 

 

Scene 5 // Westminster Abbey

 

GUY

Well then, let's continue our story. Today is the wedding ceremony of the youngest son of the royal family, Prince George. With this, Prince David becomes the only unmarried man. ...This wedding ceremony is known for being the first royal wedding to be broadcast live on the radio. Perhaps that's why the archbishop seemed a little nervous.

 

Meanwhile, David's younger brother, the fourth son, Prince George, Duke of Kent, is being married to Princess Marina of Greece.

 

Archbishop Lang

Everyone prays for the happiness and success of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess M-M-Marina.

 

The church bells ring out.

 

In front of the abbey, spectators peer through the gates. Among them is Wallis.

 

Not noticing Wallis there, her husband Ernest and her former friend Mary Raffray walk by together.

 

WALLIS

Oh!

 

Ernest

Wallis. What are you doing here?

 

WALLIS

My dear... you do seem busy after all.

 

Mary

(Snottily) We're going to go watch the wedding parade. We have box seats, so you could come-

 

Ernest

Mary, why don't you go on ahead. I'll catch up with you in a minute.

 

Mary

...All right, Ernest. See you.

 

Mary leaves.

 

WALLIS

Was this what you meant when you said you were 'busy'?

 

Ernest

... You're taking issue with this now?

 

Wallis moves to slap him, but Ernest grabs her wrist before she can. He pins her against the gate.

 

Ernest

Won't you give it a rest? You knew what was really going on, didn't you?

 

WALLIS

You-!

 

Ernest

No, you must have noticed. It's exactly like what happened before, after all. You insinuated yourself into my life even though you knew I had a wife and a child, didn't you? So that you could change over to me.

 

WALLIS

Stop it, please.

 

Ernest

No, I won't be silent. Not until you tell me that you love me. (He kisses her neck.) ... You love me, don't you, Wallis?

 

Wallis is silent, and turns her face away.

 

Ernest

Our seats are in the Empire Theater, in the balcony. You really should come.

 

Wallis pulls away and Ernest leaves, laughing. David comes out of the gates and sees Wallis facing away from him.

 

DAVID

... I've found you! Why haven't you sent me a reply?

 

WALLIS

Your Highness...

 

DAVID

How many messages do you think I've sent since- What's wrong?

 

WALLIS

It's nothing. (She wipes at her eyes.) Ah, why are you here?

 

DAVID

It's my brother's wedding. More importantly, there's something I've been wanting to say to you.

 

WALLIS

What could that be?

 

DAVID

About the cocktail.

 

WALLIS

Cocktail?

 

DAVID

That day, the cocktail I dumped into the pot was only water. When the night's half over, I don't drink hard liquor. I wanted to correct that misconception.

 

WALLIS

Really?

 

DAVID

Because cocktails make you fat. For dinner, lately I've only had chicken and vegetables.

 

WALLIS

...That's true, you're getting up there in years, after all.

 

DAVID

You don't miss a beat. ... Although if you're going to say that, you're getting up there in years as well, you know.

 

WALLIS

I know. There's no need to say it.

 

DAVID

Well, that's fine. ... I raised that potted plant. There's no reason for me to kill it. ... Well, what do you think?

 

WALLIS

About what?

 

DAVID

The flowers. What else could we be talking about?

 

WALLIS

Aren't you overbearing. ... They were pretty. If they were a little drier.

 

DAVID

Of course. If they were a little drier.

 

David's brother, the second son, Prince Albert, Duke of York, peers around the gate.

 

ALBERT

David. Come on back.

 

DAVID

My brother, the Duke of York. But you'd know that?

 

WALLIS

Of course. (She curtsies.)

 

DAVID

Well, come on.

 

WALLIS

Hm? What?

 

DAVID

I still have things to say to you.

 

ALBERT

David, this is unwise...

 

DAVID

Hey, it's a party. Don't go thinking strange things. She and I are pure as the driven snow.

 

The two little duchesses (Albert's girls) appear beside him, peering out.

 

ELIZABETH

Uncle David, what do you mean, 'strange things'?

 

MARGARET

Father, mother said to hurry.

 

DAVID

Let's see. To put it in simple terms, your father thinks that your uncle and this lady-

 

ALBERT

David, don't go teaching them complicated things. More importantly, we need to hurry.

 

DAVID

(to Wallis) There's nothing for it. It's not the polite way, but to make a long story short: I'm sorry. The end.

 

WALLIS

Hold on. What are we talking about?

 

DAVID

What-? Throwing the water, of course. All right, I apologized properly.

 

WALLIS

Then why all the messages-?

 

DAVID

What else is there to say? At first, I wanted to see your eminence again...

 

Wallis laughs.

 

DAVID

What?

 

WALLIS

I get it. I'll come.

 

DAVID

Come? Where?

 

WALLIS

Where? You're going to apologize properly, aren't you?

 

DAVID

I already apologized.

 

WALLIS

With manners. I fear that a prince must always act like a gentleman....

 

DAVID

This is why Americans-

 

Albert

David!

 

DUCHESS ELIZABETH (ALBERT'S WIFE)

My dear.

 

YOUNG DUCHESSES

Mother!

 

DUCHESS ELIZABETH

Wait a moment, who is that woman?

 

They all enter the abbey and exit the stage. The gates disappear as the scene changes to another part of the abbey.

 

Prime Minister Baldwin and his followers are conferencing. Churchill enters.

 

CHURCHILL

Hello, gentlemen. Working even on a day like today?

 

BALDWIN

Churchill. You came, then?

 

CHURCHILL

I watched from the very back. I'm just one of the masses now.

 

BALDWIN

So you've been saying. You are a bomb insinuated into our conservative party.

 

Servants in uniform enter.

 

SERVANT

King George V and his lady wife have arrived.

 

GEORGE V

Baldwin. I heard you were still here.

 

BALDWIN

I apologize. I have brought some papers which need your approval today.

 

GEORGE V

No matter. I'll take them.

 

BALDWIN

Dugdale.

 

DUGDALE

Sir.

 

Dugdale offers some papers in his briefcase to the king.

 

GEORGE V

However, this is not the place to bring talk of politics.

 

BALDWIN

Your Majesty.

 

QUEEN MARY

Your Majesty, this is-

 

GEORGE V

I know. ... But, it is painful to speak of something we have avoided for so long here. ... Archbishop Lang.

 

ARCHBISHOP LANG

I understand. The queen and I shall go ahead into the chapel.

 

QUEEN MARY

Gentlemen.

 

The queen and archbishop depart.

 

GEORGE V

The crown prince has...

 

BALDWIN

Yes.

 

GEORGE V

He has gone off with some unknown woman who does not seem to be a member of royalty or nobility.

 

BALDWIN

Probably a colonial. Would you like us to look into it?

 

GEORGE V

Yes. ... But be reasonable and keep things calm. ... He certainly has the makings of a king. He's popular, he's well-known all about the world. So we cannot be impatient.

 

BALDWIN

Your Majesty. Leave it to me.

 

GEORGE V

Please. I trust that there is nothing you will abandon so long as it is useful.

 

BALDWIN

No. No matter what it may be.

 

GEORGE V

So. So long as it is useful. That is what it means to be king.

 

BALDWIN

... Your Majesty.

 

Lang returns, and the king exits with him.

 

CHURCHILL

He looks worn out. I shall join you in worrying.

 

BALDWIN

Churchill. This matter is not a political situation, you understand?

 

CHURCHILL

Don't be absurd. It's the king's command. ... So far as proof is concerned, shall I give you one word of advice? It might be best to leave this matter in the hands of MI6.

 

BALDWIN

The Intelligence Bureau?

 

CHURCHILL

In these times. There is a possibility she is a spy.

 

BALDWIN

Clamoring for blood to call Great Britain's watchdog? ...I see. Well, I'll follow your advice. Let's go.

 

FOLLOWERS

Sir.

 

Churchill moves to exit in the other direction. However, Lockhart is there, which stops him.

 

LOCKHART

'Lo. ... Unusual, to hear you in conference with the prime minister.

 

CHURCHILL

Your nose is as sharp as ever. I don't have any stories for your paper. I'm retired, just one of the masses now, and I'm renewing an old friendship with a former rival.

 

LOCKHART

No one would believe that story. Moreover, if that's not true, it's a problem.

 

CHURCHILL

'A problem' is a strange way of putting it.

 

LOCKHART

I'm anticipating. Anticipating who might change this country. They say that things are moving in this hectic world, yet on our island country nothing changes. We're simply left behind, getting old. Wouldn't you say?

 

CHURCHILL

... I wonder.

 

LOCKHART

You've hung your hopes on someone.

 

CHURCHILL

So young to be jumping to conclusions. ... So then, who is it?

 

LOCKHART

Who?

 

CHURCHILL

Your someone. You mentioned someone just now, didn't you?

 

LOCKHART

Yes. Well... For example, Prince David.

 

CHURCHILL

The crown prince...? Why?

 

LOCKHART

Well, he's interesting, you know. Something seems to be missing in him, but he's so easy to understand.

 

CHURCHILL

That's interesting?

 

LOCKHART

Is there something?

 

CHURCHILL

Nothing I would say to you, Lockhart.

 

 

Scene 6 // Cafe de Paris

 

Once more, at the Cafe de Paris. The radio is playing the tango "Sentimento Gaucho" inside the club. Davidís brothers and sisters and their spouses are gathered there. David is dancing with Princess Marina, his new sister-in-law. Wallis enters the club. Seeing her, David dances towards her.

 

DAVID

Ah, you've come along at last.

 

WALLIS

This is the normal time in America.

 

David stops dancing.

 

GEORGE

Leaving my new bride in the lurch? How cruel.

 

DUCHESS MARY

Not fair! It was my turn to dance with my brother next.

 

WALLIS

I'm sorry.

 

DUCHESS MARY

You'll have to join the game to make it up to me; I keep losing.

 

WALLIS

All right.

 

Wallis joins the cards table. Albert draws David aside.

 

ALBERT

David, this was supposed to be family only.

 

DAVID

I was the only one all alone, so I gave her a call and invited her.

 

The radio music ends.

 

GUY (BROADCAST)

This ends the evening's broadcast. Good evening, everyone. (jingle)

 

DUCHESS MARY

Over already? ... There goes my dance.

 

DAVID

The radio broadcast in our country finishes too early.

 

POULSEN

I'm sorry the band is off tonight-

 

GODFREY

It's fine. This is the time when normal people are going to bed, after all. It's only natural.

 

DAVID

That's not right! In America, it continues through the middle of the night. Isn't that right, Wallis?

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

GODFREY

Even in America there isn't anyone who loves the radio as much as you, Your Highness.

 

LASCELLES (DUCHESS MARY'S HUSBAND)

Isn't it being on the radio which Your Highness likes so much?

 

DAVID

It may seem like I want the attention. But I'm not insecure.

 

GEORGE

Oh?

 

DAVID

How should I put it? The radio seems an honest method of communication. For example, even if it's censored by the government, you can see the indecision, the confusion.

 

HENRY

And that's the problem. If people listen to the topics of a general strike and speak of it, what then? Father is in a rage.

 

DAVID

What is wrong with sympathizing with the unemployed?

 

HENRY

Criticism of the monarchy is criticism of the constitution.

 

DAVID

I'm not criticizing the constitution.

 

HENRY

But those who listen to these things....

 

DAVID

I know. I should simply grin and bear it, right? As Prince Charming.

 

HENRY

David.

 

ALBERT

David, Henry understands. He's simply concerned.

 

LOUIS

Yes, right. If our royalty become a nuisance like in other countries, it will mean trouble.

 

Fruity arrives.

 

FRUITY

Your Highness. Everyone's cars are out front blocking traffic.

 

GODFREY

The police have come to let us know.

 

DAVID

All right. ....Henry.

 

They shake hands.

 

ALICE

Rather than speeches on the radio, shouldn't you start searching for a consort?

 

EDWINA

We all have a bet riding on who you will choose.

 

DAVID

Alice. You're terrifying enough, so I won't be choosing a young noblewoman.

 

ALICE

Oh-ho?

 

MARINA

I see at last why I was never a candidate to be Your Highness's bride. I am nobility, after all.

 

DAVID

That was a misunderstanding of the newspapers when you came to visit George, wasn't it?

 

MARINA

It wasn't as bad as all that, though.

 

GEORGE

Let's go.

 

Everyone heads out, one by one.

 

WALLIS

...You slipped skillfully out of that at the end there.

 

DAVID

The talk of marriage? .... I have years of experience at avoiding it.

 

WALLIS

As well as being unpredictable and quick-tempered.

 

DAVID

... No matter the pretext, you want to complain and scold me on every point.

 

WALLIS

It's a diversion, after all. Thelma won't see me. It seems she has some complaints.

 

DAVID

Thelma. I know why you'd want to see her. She schemed to use my name for a scotch.

 

WALLIS

Oh, is that so?

 

DAVID

In the end, Thelma was looking for Prince Charming. My true identity is a salesman of English products.

 

WALLIS

And what's wrong with being a salesman?

 

DAVID

At first I thought it was fine. It's practical for a crown prince. ... But I never imagined it would lead to the skill of slipping away. Life doesn't progress as you expect it will.

 

WALLIS

...And? I took a lot of trouble to come here, so the least I can do is listen to your complaints.

 

DAVID

You?

 

WALLIS

If it's just listening, who else is with you? ... What did you really want to become?

 

DAVID

Really? ... I wanted to be a king like Edward VII.

 

WALLIS

Edward VII. Who is he?

 

DAVID

My grandfather. ... He was a carouser and had tons of lovers. My father, who had to clean up after him, hated him, but I loved him. The sheer number of his lovers is proof that he was well-loved, isn't it?

 

WALLIS

Well, that's one way of thinking of it....

 

DAVID

Not just lovers. He traveled about Europe, having a good time, and made friends in every country. As a result, there wasn't a war in Europe during my grandfather's reign. Do you believe me?

 

WALLIS

... But aren't you on your way? You're popular and have many lovers.

 

DAVID

Hey!

 

WALLIS

You have my support. As your first friend, while you're making friends in every country. Wasn't that what your grandfather did?

 

DAVID

I suppose. ... But, you?

 

WALLIS

Something dissatisfying?

 

DAVID

No. ... I've decided on my name when I am crowned. Father wants me to continue with "George," but I'm going to take my grandfather's name. My ruling name will be Edward VIII. This is the one thing I won't give in on, no matter the opposition.

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

DAVID

But things can't go on like this. If things continue, I'll end my days as the mascot of Great Britain. Is there nothing I can do?

 

Lockhart has been there, although it's not certain when he came.

 

LOCKHART

...I agree, Your Highness.

 

DAVID

...Lockhart.

 

LOCKHART

Excuse me. There was no one there. But more importantly: Edward VIII. Isn't it swell? I was concerned, I thought you had become a caged bird.

 

DAVID

Eavesdropping?

 

LOCKHART

Yes. So as I'm apologizing, a word of advice-

 

DAVID

What?

 

LOCKHART

If it were me, I wouldn't ask someone before I made a move. ...After all, itís easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. When we ask, we may find ourselves opposed, and when opposed things get stirred up. Isn't that the origin of your discontent?

 

DAVID

... Could be.

 

LOCKHART

If so, there is the opposite, where we make a move and wait to see how much we are forgiven. Isn't there? It's a simple theory.

 

Godfrey enters.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness, it's time. .... Mr. Lockhart. Why are you here?

 

LOCKHART

Well then, Your Highness. I'll be cheering for you.

 

Lockhart leaves.

 

DAVID

..."Make a move and see"?

 

GODFREY

Your Highness.

 

DAVID

Hey, Wallis.

 

WALLIS

Yes?

 

DAVID

... Will you be my mistress?

 

WALLIS

... What?

 

GODFREY

Your Highness!

 

DAVID

There was some truth to what he said.

 

WALLIS

What are you talking about? What's going on in your head?

 

DAVID

You said I had your support, earlier.

 

WALLIS

As your friend.

 

DAVID

Right, as my friend.

 

WALLIS

Now I'm even more lost. A mistress, but a friend? ... Of course I refuse to be your mistress.

 

DAVID

... What are you talking about? You're really high-strung. ... I'm saying you should play the part of my mistress.

 

WALLIS

Play the part of your mistress?

 

DAVID

Yeah. There's merit in giving it a go. When I'm no longer Prince Charming, how far can I push?

 

WALLIS

... No.

 

DAVID

Of course I'm not saying you'll do it for free. .... You know there will be many compensations.

 

WALLIS

... Compensations?

 

DAVID

You'll be a large figure in society. The crown prince's mistress. In other words, the Royal Mistress.

 

WALLIS

... You've got the salesman's gleam in your eye. Are you sure?

 

DAVID

What are you saying? These are Prince Charming's eyes, Wallis.

 

 

Scene 7 // Savoy Hotel

 

Wallis returns to her hotel rooms, where she is greeted by the maid, Burke.

 

BURKE

Welcome back.

 

Ernest is there as well.

 

ERNEST

Hello, Wallis.

 

WALLIS

My dear. This is unusual.

 

ERNEST

I thought this was about the right time. Any longer and you might forget me.

 

WALLIS

What are you on about? This isn't like you.

 

ERNEST

... I was surprised when I phoned your maid, Burke. She said you were with the crown prince.

 

WALLIS

And if I were?

 

He moves aside to let her further into the rooms.

 

ERNEST

... Come in.

 

A man appears out of the shadows. He is the German ambassador to London, and a Nazi.

 

RIBBENTROP

I am pleased to meet you, Mrs. Simpson.

 

ERNEST

This is the German ambassador, Mr. Ribbentrop. He is helping me to arrange business deals within Germany. And, he would like to speak with you.

 

RIBBENTROP

I have heard that you are on intimate terms with the crown prince.

 

ERNEST

He wonders how Britain will move, since circumstances in Europe will be in upheaval. This is a great business opportunity. This is why we originally went to meet the crown prince. Have you forgotten?

 

WALLIS

You-

 

ERNEST

What's wrong?

 

WALLIS

Don't touch me so familiarly.

 

ERNEST

Wallis?

 

WALLIS

... It's true. This is a great business opportunity.

 

ERNEST

Yes, that's right.

 

WALLIS

And I am the one holding the key.... Ernest, from now on, this is a business transaction. And the one setting the asking price, is me.

 

ERNEST

Wallis-

 

WALLIS

Miss Burke.

 

BURKE

Yes, ma'am.

 

WALLIS

Our guest is just leaving.

 

BURKE

And ma'am, this just came for you.

 

A hotelman brings in an enormous bouquet of roses.

 

 

Scene 8 // The BBC

 

The scene changes to the BBC radio studio. David is in the recording booth along with John Reith (founder of the BBC) and Guy Burgess.

 

REITH

Now then, on the problem of the unemployed, we have asked the crown prince for his extremely valuable opinion. But, I wonder if we can broadcast this?

 

DAVID

It's a bit late now, isn't it?

 

REITH

That's true, this is a live broadcast. ... Today we were able to get the crown prince to take part on the spur of the moment. His interviewer was John Reith.

 

GUY

And that's it for The Week in Westminster.

 

Reith stands up.

 

REITH

Your Highness. Thank you for your time.

 

DAVID

Thank you, Reith. That was enjoyable.

 

REITH

I think I was the nervous one. You are a natural broadcaster, Your Highness.

 

DAVID

Hahaha...

 

As he's laughing, the Astaire siblings arrive, along with Fred's wife Phyllis.

 

FRED

Your Highness.

 

DAVID

Fred! Adele!

 

FRED

It's been a while. We're in the middle of publicity for the movie....

 

DAVID

I see; it's good that you have a steady stream of jobs in the movie industry.

 

FRED

I didn't know what I would do when my sister got married. But Phyllis has kept me going....

 

DAVID

This is our first time meeting, isn't it?

 

He shakes Phyllis' hand.

 

PHYLLIS

Yes.

 

DAVID

Congratulations, Phyllis. And so, this means I'm the last remaining bachelor?

 

ADELE

(teasing) You should have chosen me.

 

FRED

Adele!

 

DAVID

Weren't you the one who ran away, Adele?

 

ADELE

You're as kind as ever, Your Highness. ...There isn't a possible bride anywhere?

 

DAVID

Well.... Before any wedding, we have to get through the jubilee. My father will have a celebration for 25 successful years as king.

 

FRED

It's become a topic even in America. I heard Guy talking about it.

 

GUY

About the rumors of there being a Broadway hit musical called "Jubilee"?

 

FRED

... Yes, that's right.

 

DAVID

Oh? What's the story?

 

FRED

Well... Um, in a certain country there is a revolution, and the royal family falls out of power and begins to search for love and a new life.

 

DAVID

... I see. It sounds like an interesting tale.

 

FRED

Well, the songs are wonderful.

 

GUY

It sounds as if it would be censored in Britain. ... Ah, excuse me.

 

Guy leaves.

 

DAVID

"Jubilee," huh? Hey, Fred...

 

David draws Fred aside as they leave.

 

 

Scene 9 // Buckingham Palace

 

A ballroom in Buckingham Palace. King George V and his family, along with a large crowd, are gathered in their finery to celebrate the jubilee.

 

Jubilee

 

ATTENDEES (FEMALE)

Praise our great leader

 

ATTENDEES (MALE)

Praise him with voices raised high

Look up to our king

 

ATTENDEES (FEMALE)

Protector of the empire for many a long day

You guide us

 

ATTENDEES (MALE)

You guide us, father of our empire

 

GEORGE V

This empire is my pride

I have given everything to be where we are today

 

ATTENDEES

Gather now, and praise him

Our great leader

 

GEORGE V

I am proud of what I have done

With my life

 

ATTENDEES

Come together and let us praise him

The days progress

 

GEORGE V

Days without any regrets

 

GUY

This is Buckingham Palace. We are bringing you a live broadcast from the 25th Anniversary Jubilee of King George V.

 

The stage rotates into another view of the room. David's attendants are searching for him in the mass of people.

 

GODFREY

Ah, is he here?

 

PERRY

No, not a trace.

 

FRUITY

To have run off today of all days....

 

PERRY

No, I don't understand it. And Trotter said he couldn't find him, right?

 

FRUITY

.... That's because he spoils the prince.

 

GODFREY

... Don't despair. Let's look for him a little longer.

 

PERRY

Right.

 

The stage rotates into another view of the room. Godfrey walks into it, just as David and Wallis enter with the Astaire siblings and Adele's husband Charles Cavendish and Fred's wife Phyllis. Trotter also comes into view.

 

FRED

Better look our best. After all, we're guests of the crown prince.

 

ADELE

You are rather strange. In such high spirits even as you and the prince insult each other. Charles?

 

CHARLES

Very true.

 

WALLIS

Insult?

 

DAVID

According to the lady herself, that is a matter of debate. And if that's the case, I have no intention of losing.

 

Godfrey draws closer.

 

GODFREY

... Trotter, how could you allow him to be so selfish?

 

TROTTER

Well, it's all worked out, hasn't it? I did bring him.

 

GODFREY

To let him run away today, of all days....

 

Diana Cooper and Laura Corrigan approach them.

 

DIANA

Wallis, Do you remember me?

 

WALLIS

... Yes.

 

LAURA

I worried that I wouldn't be able to say hello. I wanted to be certain to let you know that you are invited to my salon any time you may be in the area.

 

DIANA

No, my salon is--

 

DIANA/LAURA

And of course the prince may come with you!

 

DAVID

Of course, gladly. Isn't that right, Wallis?

 

LAURA

We look forward to it.

 

The two ladies depart.

 

WALLIS

That was a surprise.

 

DAVID

Nothing surprising about this sort of thing. Acquaintances you have never met before will be multiplying.

 

WALLIS

That's true.

 

DAVID

So, what do you think? The issue with the jubilee-

 

GODFREY

Ah, yes. ... Your father has been calling for you for some time.

 

DAVID

(sighs) Ambushed just as I arrive. ... Well then, Godfrey John Vignoles Thomas. Keep Mrs. Simpson company until I return.

 

GODFREY

Me?

 

DAVID

Who else is there?

 

David walks off. Godfrey escorts Wallis around as the stage rotates once more.

 

GODFREY

Nothing for it. Shall we go mix in with the ladies' conversations?

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

GODFREY

....All right. His brother's wives are-

 

Duchess Alice, Princess Marina, and Duchess Mary are there.

 

GODFREY

Excuse us.

 

MARINA

Ah, you?

 

MARY

Will you dance the waltz? ... Only, don't keep my brother all to yourself again!

 

WALLIS

Of course. Ah, I'm sorry.

 

Wallis moves to curtsy. Duchess Elizabeth arrives.

 

ELIZABETH

Wait.

 

GODFREY

Duchess Elizabeth.

 

ELIZABETH

Thomas.

 

GODFREY

... Yes?

 

ELIZABETH

Should you not first check to see if this person was approved for introductions?

 

GODFREY

Yes. But the crown prince-

 

ELIZABETH

And that is why. The prince's self-centered behavior causes the king heart-ache. We are going to stand with my husband now. Ladies.

 

She leads the duchesses away.

 

GODFREY

The truth is...

 

THELMA

You aren't on the attendance list. His Majesty gave official notification. You've gone too far, Wallis.

 

WALLIS

Quite. If I were king I would doubtless have said the same.

 

King George V and David are arguing in another part of the ballroom. Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Alexander Hardinge, Assistant Private Secretary to the king, stand near them.

 

DAVID

Then I shall leave.

 

ALBERT

David!

 

GEORGE V

Why must you jump to conclusions. If you send her home alone, then that will settle things. She was never invited to begin with. (He turns to Hardinge) Is that not so?

 

HARDINGE

Yes. She wasn't on the list.

 

DAVID

...I invited her.

 

GEORGE V

This is my jubilee.

 

DAVID

Which is why I said I would leave.

 

ALBERT

This again!

 

MARY

David, why are you so attached?

 

DAVID

Attached. She is only my friend.

 

GEORGE V

Really? ... There are unkind rumors.

 

DAVID

... Such as?

 

GEORGE V

I have not troubled you about your diversions before now, but now I intend to constrain you. But this is not a public conversation. I cannot believe you were such a fool as to bring this to a public location.

 

DAVID

A fool, that's me.

 

GEORGE V

I see. Take your foolishness and go be quiet in a corner.

 

The stage turns, and George V walks away. Baldwin is waiting for him in another room, with Stewart Menzies, a colonel in MI-6.

 

BALDWIN

... Your Majesty.

 

GEORGE V

Baldwin. I read your report.

 

BALDWIN

Colonel Menzies here collected the information. If you have any inquiries...

 

GEORGE V

The report was enough.

 

BALDWIN

Then I have only one thing to add. A few days ago, the crown prince was on the radio again discussing the labor problem.

 

GEORGE V

Since then I have heard him state his feelings of sympathy for the unemployed. It is not a political-

 

BALDWIN

Of course. Especially as crown prince. Nevertheless, the Cabinet is of the opinion that he is speaking against the constitution.

 

GEORGE V

I see. I shall urge him to caution. Baldwin, please. There must yet be another way. Not yet.

 

The stage turns back to Wallis, Godfrey, and the Astaire siblings. David returns to them.

 

DAVID

Hello, how is it?

 

WALLIS

This is what they mean by no rest for the weary, isn't it?

 

GODFREY

Have you calmed down, Your Highness? What exactly does this achieve?

 

DAVID

At least I know that I won't be thrown out. Even when I go this far.

 

GODFREY

Your Highness.

 

DAVID

Wallis. I can guess what happened. But before that, there's one more thing I want to try. ... Fred.

 

FRED

Eh? Were you serious?

 

WALLIS

Hasn't this been enough?

 

GODFREY

Your Highness?

 

David grabs Wallis's hand and pulls her over to Guy's radio booth.

 

GUY

Your Royal Highness! (David whispers in his ear.) Eh? On the grounds?

 

DAVID

Yes.

 

Guy throws a switch near his mic.

 

GUY

Ladies and gentlemen, His Royal Highness has joined our live broadcast.

 

DAVID

(Leaning into the mic) Everyone, I am so pleased that you can join us in celebrating His Majesty's jubilee. ... And yet, it's a little dull listening to only waltzes. So I've requested a slightly different song. This is a number from the musical "Jubilee," which is playing in America right now.

 

David draws Wallis out onto the floor as the first strains of "Begin the Beguine" play.

 

ALBERT

David!

 

Begin the Beguine

 

FRED

When they begin the beguine

it brings back the sound of music so tender

it brings back a night of tropical splendor

it brings back a memory of green

to live it again is past all endeavor

so let the love that was once a fire

remain an ember

 

Fred and Adele begin to dance, and David and Wallis walk away into one of the palace corridors.

 

WALLIS

...Is it all out of your system now, little prince?

 

DAVID

I've always thought that I was sick of only waltzes. And at last I got to say so.

 

WALLIS

I can't understand it. You'll only be scolded.

 

DAVID

Let them scold. Today is a holiday. A day of celebration is for foolishness and uproar, especially in your homeland.

 

WALLIS

In America. But this is Great Britain, and the palace.

 

DAVID

It's only a home, to me. The living room of my home.

 

WALLIS

It's not the same at all!

 

DAVID

Well, yes, you can't really relax in this living room.

 

WALLIS

Exactly.

 

DAVID

I have to change things one piece at a time. But if I do it slowly, I feel that things can change.

 

WALLIS

I see. Well, I'm glad I could be helpful.

 

DAVID

I've thought of so many things! What would happen if I did this, or what would happen if I did that.

 

WALLIS

Hmm. ... For example?

 

DAVID

For example, let's see. If I made an American my wife and queen, what would happen?

 

WALLIS

After the lover, a queen?

 

DAVID

It's only an example.

 

DAVID

Someone of doubtful origins

a complete unknown, as queen

No one would believe it possible

They would avert their eyes

But before I decide

to abandon hope

If I simply look hard enough

perhaps I will find it

 

WALLIS

Beneath the wide reaches of a starry sky

 

DAVID

An undiscovered land

which no one knows, unmapped

 

WALLIS

Unmapped

 

DAVID

There I will see the path

I will walk down

 

WALLIS

But I will see it, at the farthest reaches

 

DAVID

I want to check, be certain it isn't a mirage

 

WALLIS

It may seem like a mirage, but I want to believe

 

DAVID

There are others who can see it

 

WALLIS

There may be others who can see it

 

DAVID

When I realize that, I no longer want to abandon hope

 

WALLIS

In the path I never knew

 

After the song ends, the stage rotates again. They are standing beside the gate.

 

WALLIS

... See you.

 

DAVID

Wallis. Won't you come here?

 

Wallis doesn't answer. David steps closer and takes her arm.

 

DAVID

... When I'm alone, I get so strange. I think of what I intend to do, and I'm afraid.

 

WALLIS

David. Please, don't take advantage.

 

Lockhart appears.

 

LOCKHART

Your Highness, I heard your jubilee radio broadcastÖ at the pub.

 

DAVID

Lockhart.

 

LOCKHART

The fellows there, at least, liked what they heard. You really are something new, Your Highness.

 

DAVID

...I see.

 

David leads Wallis out through the gate.

 

LOCKHART

And I wonder what you will do next....

 

They leave him standing alone in the dark.

 

LOCKHART

You have weak defenses, Your Highness. Do what you must, but have some caution.

 

 

Scene 10 // Westminster Abbey

 

Guy is standing to stage right, on the arm of the stage.

 

GUY

Ö I carry grave tidings. Anyone would feel so.

 

Guy glances at his watch.

 

GUY

Time passes cruelly. This is the British Broadcasting Corporation. His Majestyís life peacefully draws to a close. I repeat, His Majestyís life peacefully draws to a close.

 

Guy sinks down on a lift.

 

Beyond the gate, we can see Westminster Abbey. Inside is the cloth-draped coffin of George V.

 

Duchess Elizabeth and Queen Mary draw near it.

 

Albert

Mother, are you well enough?

 

Duchess Elizabeth

She needed to come before we returned home.

 

Queen Mary

Where is David?

 

Albert

Heís in a separate room, hearing about what will come next from the prime minister.

 

Queen Mary

Ö I see.

 

Duchess Mary

Ö MotherÖ.

 

Queen Mary

Mary, it is not yet the time for grief. You are a member of the royal family.

 

David joins them at last.

 

DAVID

Youíre all still here?

 

Duchess Mary

DavidÖ.

 

DAVID

Mary.

 

Queen Mary approaches them.

 

DAVID

MotherÖ?

 

Queen Mary

God save the king.

 

Queen Mary kisses Davidís hand. Next, Albert approaches and bows to kiss Davidís hand.

 

DAVID

Bertie?

 

Albert

God save the king.

 

Continuing, Henry joins them and moves to do the same thing.

 

Henry

God save the-

 

DAVID

Stop. Ö Stop this melodramatic posturing.

 

Queen Mary

David. You are now the king of this land. You cannot continue on in the same manner.

 

Albert

David.

 

DAVID

Ö Understood. Ö I apologize.

 

Henry

Itís fine.

 

George

Take care, David.

 

Davidís family exits. In their place, Churchill enters.

 

CHURCHILL

Ö It is a difficult thing, to be royalty. Although itís already well into the 20th century, you canít break free of the customs of the last century.

 

DAVID

Churchill.

 

CHURCHILL

Like so: Ö Your Majesty, Edward VIII. You summoned your humble servant?

 

DAVID

Such sarcasm doesnít suit you, Churchill. However, I owe you thanks for restricting the press.

 

CHURCHILL

Such as the photos of you with your mistress. Controlling love affairs is a very slight thing compared to the national interest of protecting the throne.

 

DAVID

Ö I wonder. When father was undergoing treatment to prolong his life, it would have made the morning edition headlines, but it was decided to drop the story. The kingís lifeÖ it seems nothing is valued by the newspapers except headlines these days.

 

CHURCHILL

It is a lonely world. Ö However, you didnít call me so that you could vent your complaints.

 

DAVID

No.

 

CHURCHILL

Itís about the love affair, then. Ö In the end, it became a matter of your true feelings. Ö The king of England is the guardian of the Church of England. Her history of divorce alone will be cause for talk.

 

DAVID

I know all of that. ÖIf it werenít so, I wouldnít have approached you.

 

CHURCHILL

True. Then let us talk of the rest of it. Ö Your Majesty. If your true feelings have become involved, you must get rid of them and end this. All such true emotions are lost eventually. And now is the time to fight. Ö Your Majesty, please go to war.

 

The Throne

 

CHURCHILL

We cannot avoid getting our hands dirty

In battle, the sight of blood urges us on

It sets our hearts leaping

Accept us, be a monarch with no fear of blood

 

CHURCHILL

Please look, set in that throne is the Stone of Scone. The throne of Scotland crushed under the throne of England. That is proof that our monarch is a king of war. Your father understood that, and stood with us against our enemies.

 

DAVID

I always knew that someday

This throne would be left to me

And yet I feel fear

Why now? Iím not ready yet

But the time draws near

I canít see my way ahead

I canít see my opponent on this battle field

 

CHURCHILL

Fight for control

 

DAVID

I stride forth without any skill at battle

 

CHURCHILL

And reach the throne

 

DAVID

I donít yet know where it is,

The path I must take

Is there no choice but war?

I am resolved but unsettled

 

CHURCHILL

If you will accept me, I will always be there to protect your back, Your Majesty. Naturally, Iím speaking of Your Majestyís fighting spirit.

 

David sits on the throne, led by Churchill. Lockhart enters.

 

LOCKHART

How did it go? Were you successful?

 

CHURCHILL

Iím not sure. The rest depends on His Majestyís resolve. Ö Lockhart, you bastard, why did you betray the king?

 

LOCKHART

Betray?

 

CHURCHILL

The photo with his lady. You helped light the fire, why get in your own way?

 

LOCKHART

Ah, because Iím anticipating this king. Thatís why I fan the live coals.

 

CHURCHILL

Arbitrarily.

 

LOCKHART

Ah, so it was.

 

CHURCHILL

However, only someone who could stand up to such arbitrary impatience would be capable of ruling over the throne of a king. Ö The ship has already left the port. I am also very selfishly anticipating it.

 

They exit the stage. Guy enters onto the silver bridge.

 

 

Scene 11 // Cafť de Paris

 

GUY

Ö People with expectations can be a terrible thing.

 

The Soviet spy Moura Budberg comes hurrying along the silver bridge with a rather psychotic looking young man named George McMahon.

 

MOURA

Guy, sorry weíre late. This is the man.

 

GUY

This worn out man? Ö Ew.

 

MOURA

I donít want to hear anything about your tastes. The message was unmistakable. We do not want a king.

 

GUY

All right, Moura. However, circumstances being what they are, I think I will leave this one up to my companion, Anthony.

 

When Guy calls, Cambridge Fellow Anthony Blunt comes out.

 

MOURA

Companion? Ö. Are you sure?

 

GUY

Leave it to him. He has family connections to the royal family. I have the greatest faith in my companion. (to Anthony, affectionately) Donít let me down.

 

ANTHONY

(smirking) Of course. For your sake.

 

MOURA

All right. I will contact the motherland.

 

Moura, Anthony, and McMahon exit.

 

GUY

Are you surprised that I am a Soviet spy? But, at this time itís not such an unusual story. Not in this interval between one war and the next.

 

On the main stage, we see the Cafť de Paris. David and Churchill are meeting with Wallisís husband Ernest and a lawyer named Walter Monckton.

 

MONCKTON

You will find the gist of it about here. Please take a look.

 

He hands copies of the paperwork to David and Ernest.

 

DAVID

I knew I could depend on you, Monckton.

 

ERNEST

I am fine with the divorce settlement. But I wish there were a bit more to sweeten the pie.

 

DAVID

To sweeten-?

 

ERNEST

It is a pleasure to meet you at last, Your Majesty.

 

CHURCHILL

It has already been confirmed that you are living with this woman. Act your age and sign the agreement.

 

DAVID

Ö I will introduce you to a members-only club. And intend to be your customer.

 

ERNEST

Well done, Your Majesty, very pat.

 

CHURCHILL

Poulsen!

 

POULSEN

Sir.

 

Churchillís daughter Sarah has come with him and is sitting at a nearby table.

 

SARAH

Is it over at last, papa? Ö Iím worn out.

 

CHURCHILL

I told you from the start you would be nothing but camouflage.

 

He heads for the exit.

 

DAVID

Iím sorry, Sarah.

 

SARAH

Iím sorry, Your Majesty. I didnít mean it like that. Ö I know, Iíll tell you something amusing to make up for it.

 

She whispers in Davidís ear.

 

CHURCHILL

Sarah! Weíre leaving!

 

David is visibly startled.

 

DAVID

Oh? You are?

 

SARAH

Look forward to it, please. I wonder what kinds of faces papa will make.

 

DAVID

Itís hard to say.

 

CHURCHILL

Sarah!

 

SARAH

Yeees, papa !

 

They leave.

 

David goes to stand near Wallis, who is sitting at another table.

 

DAVID

I have one more thing to take care of with Monckton. I want to finish this whole thing tonight, if possible.

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

DAVID

Iíll send someone for you, so come to the palace tonight. Ö Please.

 

WALLIS

All right.

 

David hugs her and kisses her cheek.

 

DAVID

Iíll see you later.

 

WALLIS

Ö Sure.

 

David leaves.

 

Colonel Stewart Menzies, of MI-6, approaches Wallis.

 

MENZIES

Excuse me, Mrs. Simpson. Mr. Churchill sent me to keep you company. May I sit with you?

 

WALLIS

YesÖ Go ahead.

 

MENZIES

Thank you. Iím Menzies, from MI-6.

 

WALLIS

MI-6? Ö. Iím sorry, I donít really know anything about the military.

 

MENZIES

Of course. To put it simply, Iím in the same business as you.

 

WALLIS

Business?

 

MENZIES

Yes. When you were in Shanghai.

 

Menzies pulls a photo out of an envelope and hands it to Wallis.

 

MENZIES

Frankly, it took a lot of trouble, since the Shanghai International Settlement isnít in our sphere of influence. At last we received this photograph. Ö You were engaged in spy activities in Shanghai.

 

There is a short flashback to Wallisís activities as an American spy in Shanghai.

 

A World Favorite

 

MENZIES

You canít tell me youíve forgotten

The nightclubs in the Settlement past dark

You, whispering like this

In the night, in the night, who can you lead astray?

Open their mouths and obtain their secrets

 

People in Chinese garb appear and Wallis is caught among them.

 

WALLIS

My first husband was a naval officer, so he asked me to help. Thatís all! What is wrong with an American aiding her nation?

 

MENZIES

No, nothing. The problem arises when that person is intimate with the king of Great Britain. Because for better or for worse, our king is a popular man.

 

GUY

Exactly!

 

Guy has appeared on the stage, dressed in Chinese garb.

 

GUY

Our king is a world favorite

Itís useful for our empire

But it is not always a source of joy

There are hardships to being popular

Among those who surround him to curry his favor

are those who are simply enemies

He is a target for unknown grudges, hundreds of hatreds in the dark

 

Ribbentrop enters.

 

MENZIES

Ö You are acquainted with Ambassador Ribbentrop.

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

MENZIES

He is a member of the Nazi leadership. Your husbandís company is an intermediary and business partner with Germany and Italy?

 

WALLIS

He was supposed to have stopped that.

 

MENZIES

But this is the truth. In other words, if our king knew about those things then he would be siding with the Nazis, the Nazis that are the enemies of our empire.

 

RIBBENTROP

It has been a while, Mrs. Simpson.

 

GUY

This is how it looks to the world

That our king has been won over by the Nazis,

Bedazzled by a former female spy

 

Wallis is dragged into a dance by Ribbentrop.

 

WALLIS

Let me go!

 

GUY

Whatís wrong? Ö If you do that, heíll become the enemy of our king.

 

GUY

There are hardships to being popular

Among those who surround him to curry his favor

are those who are simply enemies

He is a target for unknown grudges, hundreds of hatreds in the dark

 

MENZIES

There are hardships to being popular

Among those who surround him to curry his favor

are those who are simply enemies

He is a target for unknown grudges, hundreds of hatreds in the dark

 

RIBBENTROP

We cannot be allies

So then let us not seem to be enemies

 

As they swing around, David appears. Ribbentrop raises a gun at him.

 

WALLIS

Stop!

 

David is drawn to Wallis and they start to dance. A gunshot rings out. David falls.

 

The scene melts away, leaving Menzies and Wallis standing in front of the gates of the palace.

 

MENZIES

We need your help. That is Mr. Churchillís message. Ö. If you want what is best for the king.

 

WALLIS

For the king?

 

MENZIES

Yes.

 

Menzies walks away. David comes out the palace gate.

 

DAVID

Wallis.

 

WALLIS

Ö David.

 

DAVID

Youíre late, I was worried.

 

WALLIS

Yes.

 

Wallis pauses.

 

DAVID

Whatís wrong?

 

At that moment, Anthony and McMahon come into view.

 

ANTHONY

Now!

 

When he hears the shout, McMahon shoots. David moves to protect Wallis. McMahon is grabbed by some policemen. Men pour out of the palace gates to drag David back inside. Godfrey notices Wallis all alone.

 

GODFREY

Ms. Wallis.

 

Wallis walks away.

 

 

Scene 12 // BBC

 

At the BBC, Churchill is sitting in the broadcasting booth. Baldwin enters with his secretary, Dugdale.

 

CHURCHILL

Youíre late, Baldwin.

 

BALDWIN

And youíre impatient. I slipped out of official business to come here as soon as I could. Just the thought of talking with you, eh?

 

CHURCHILL

Iím honored. I shall listen to what you have to say.

 

BALDWIN

Ö It seems that the ban on the affair between His Majesty and that woman has been lifted, and the Times is blazing the trail. Has the agreement with the press fallen through?

 

CHURCHILL

Well now, they were very patient. Ö But why are you asking me?

 

BALDWIN

I know you support His Majesty; mastermind many of the schemes. I donít worry overmuch about what will happen where you are involved, but His Majesty is another matter. You must need time to cope with him.

 

CHURCHILL

As always, you are attentive to others.

 

BALDWIN

Donít banter. In any event, that affair over that woman is finished now. The people will never accept marriage to an American woman, let alone a divorcee. Too bad for your dodgy scheme.

 

CHURCHILL

Ahh, yes, I suppose so.

 

Guy and Reith arrive.

 

REITH

Sorry to keep you waiting. Please, have a seat.

 

DUGDALE

Iíll wait outside the booth.

 

BALDWIN

Yes.

 

Baldwin enters the booth with Guy.

 

GUY

Today we would like your opinion on the international situation surrounding Great Britain, especially concerning Germany and the Soviet Union. Thank you for appearing with us.

 

BALDWIN

Ö I see. When you seem unflappable, then that woman and everything seems of little account. All you want is for His Majesty to be popular. Ö Am I right?

 

CHURCHILL

Hmm.

 

 

Scene 13 // Temple Bar

A street corner near the City of London. Wallis is there, along with Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and Wallisís maid Mary Burke. Perry and Fruity are nearby. David arrives, and is met by Godfrey and Trotter.

 

PERRY

Hey, theyíve arrived.

 

GODFREY

Your Majesty. This is Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. They are friends of Ms. Wallis, and they have a villa in France.

 

HAMILTON ROGERS

Itís an honor to meet you.

 

DAVID

An honor. Perry.

 

PERRY

Yes?

 

DAVID

He is having Wallis sent all the way to France?

 

PERRY

Donít hesitate to ask for anything.

 

He takes her bag.

 

BURKE

You donít need to-!

 

PERRY

Itís no problem.

 

David draws near Wallis.

 

DAVID

Ö Why here?

 

WALLIS

I wanted to walk with you, just once. Like this. We havenít had this experience.

 

DAVID

That is true. But when I ponder it, I think you have another, hidden reason.

 

WALLIS

Yes. But, how amazing. I was so surprised to see my face on the front page of the newspaper.

 

DAVID

Thatís true. Shall we buy one?

 

WALLIS

Oh? Here?

 

DAVID

Sure, as a commemoration. Ö Anything you want. (to the newsboy) How much for one?

 

BOY

Yes, uh, please, just take one.

 

DAVID

Really? Then I will. Thank you.

 

BOY

An honor, Your Majesty.

 

DAVID

Well then, how do you think the picture turned out?

 

They look at the front page of the newspaper.

 

WALLIS

Ö This is an awful picture.

 

DAVID

Really, I think itís lovely. But our reputation is atrocious. I think it would be better not to read the article.

 

WALLIS

Ö.

 

DAVID

Ö While youíre traveling to France, Iíll be going straight on to radio appearances. After dealing with the honest feelings of the citizenry, I want to have an honest discussion with them.

 

WALLIS

YesÖ

 

DAVID

Ö Wallis.

 

WALLIS

(changing moods) Hey, why donít you provoke me into an argument like always? Isnít there anything you want to say?

 

DAVID

Something I want to say? Ö. Letís see, which one will it be?

 

WALLIS

Are there so many?

 

DAVID

Naturally. Ö Bessie Wallis Warfield.

 

WALLIS

Yes?

 

DAVID

You still havenít told me you love me.

 

WALLIS

David. Really?

 

DAVID

Yes. Do you remember saying it?

 

WALLIS

Now that you mention itÖ

 

DAVID

So then, this is a great opportunity for you. You have to say it this evening.

 

David pulls her close.

 

DAVID

I worry how I will endure being separated from you. So, tell me.

 

WALLIS

David. Ö. Iím sorry. I wonít say it.

 

Wallis pulls away.

 

DAVID

Why?

 

WALLIS

Why? Because this is where we part.

 

DAVID

Hold on, what are you saying?

 

WALLIS

That I donít love you. After all, from the very beginning it was a calculation to get close to you, since you were the crown prince. You knew that, didnít you?

 

DAVID

No, but-

 

WALLIS

Even now, thatís my intention. Because of you, business is good. Lured with your name, everyone draws near me. Even Nazis and fascists.

 

DAVID

Wallis.

 

WALLIS

Let me go. Iím bored. Thatís why Iím leaving.

 

DAVID

Ö Please, just listen to me.

 

WALLIS

Please. Stop being so kind.

 

DAVID

Ö If you run away, Iíll follow you.

 

WALLIS

Itís impossible. Ö You understand that, donít you?

 

Wallis walks away.

 

DAVID

Wallis.

 

David moves to follow after her, but Godfrey stops him.

 

GODFREY

Your Majesty.

 

DAVID

What are you doing? Out of my way!

 

GODFREY

You mustnít, Your Majesty. Any further and youíll be in the city.

 

DAVID

Thomas.

 

GODFREY

The king cannot enter the city without the mayorís approval.

 

DAVID

I see. Thatís why weíre here.

 

GODFREY

Ö Yes. Weíve also received word to the effect that the radio broadcast will not be permitted.

 

DAVID

I cannot follow and I cannot speak?

 

GODFREY

No.

 

DAVID

Ö Then, I ask you: What am I permitted?

 

GODFREY

Ö

 

DAVID

I see. Ö I understand.

 

GODFREY

Your Majesty-

 

DAVID

Leave me!

 

David walks away. Godfrey moves to follow David, but Trotter stops him.

 

TROTTER

Iíll go.

 

GODFREY

Ö

 

Trotter follows after David.

 

FRUITY

There was nothing you could do. You did what you had to.

 

GODFREY

Yes. Ö I know. Still-

 

A Night That Cannot Be Undone

 

GODFREY

Shall we stop? There is no other way

we decided and

came here

But now, even more

Without searching for another path

Without being able to follow

with my own faint-heart

Overwhelmed by my own powerlessness

If, now, I could search out

a way to undo this

I look around but

it is covered by night

 

 

Scene 14 // Windsor Castle

 

A broadcasting microphone has been set up. Churchill walks into the room.

 

TROTTER

This way. Please wait here.

 

CHURCHILL

I heard that he would be doing a radio broadcast. It was well done to get the Ministry of Home Affairs to give permission.

 

TROTTER

Yes. He told me that you can read through that transcript there.

 

CHURCHILL

Transcript? Ö I see. I shall read it.

 

TROTTER

Ö. Please excuse me.

 

David enters the room.

 

DAVID

Churchill, Iím sorry Iím late.

 

CHURCHILL

Not at all. Ö Your Majesty, forgive my presumption, but I have a few adjustments. May I?

 

DAVID

A fine writer such as yourself has no need to ask.

 

CHURCHILL

Thank you.

 

He takes out a pen and begins to mark the transcript.

 

DAVID

Ö I am prepared for any insult.

 

CHURCHILL

These things happen in this age. When all is said and done, Your Majesty and myself continued to battle over our goals. Reading this shows me how true this is.

 

DAVID

I must thank you for your continued discretion.

 

CHURCHILL

Although it pains me, I must apologize for one thing: Many of the evil rumors that were around your lady were of my making.

 

DAVID

Meaning the other rumors are true? Well then, I will speak as well. Your daughter Sarah is thinking of eloping. She thinks it will be amusing, so sheís doing it in secret.

 

CHURCHILL

Ö. That is a problem.

 

DAVID

Youíve become a little more understanding.

 

CHURCHILL

I had no choice. Humans are living creatures.

 

DAVID

Stubborn.

 

CHURCHILL

I could say the same to you, Your Majesty.

 

DAVID

Ö Thank you.

 

CHURCHILL

I shall miss you.

 

They shake hands, and Churchill leaves the room. Albert enters.

 

ALBERT

David.

 

DAVID

Bertie, itís come at last.

 

ALBERT

Itís unfair of you, David.

 

DAVID

Yes. Iím a terrible brother to abandon everything and take off.

 

ALBERT

I wouldnít go so far.

 

DAVID

Bertie, you will make a great king.

 

ALBERT

Youíre always spouting nonsense.

 

DAVID

So you noticed?

 

ALBERT

Clearly.

 

DAVID

Itís true. (He kneels and kisses his brotherís hand.) ÖGod save the king.

 

The brothers embrace. Guy and Reith enter.

 

REITH

It is time, Your Highness.

 

DAVID

Yes. Thank you.

 

David approaches the mic and takes a seat.

 

DAVID

Goodbye, my empire.

 

Abdication Song

 

DAVID

Looking down on the lights by the windows in the town

The flickering shadows of people, everyone waiting to hear my words

If I said there is nothing I regret from days past,

it would be a lie. But this I swear:

I am proud of all of the days

that I will live together with you

I am certain there are those who will criticize

and wonder why I have thrown away a crown

and gone away

However, everyone

must find their own path to walk

I embrace all of

the dear days I have lived and speak my farewells

I set forth now

I shall believe in the path

that continues to my distant goal

because you are there

 

David takes his seat and reads his prepared abdication announcement.

 

DAVID (BROADCAST)

At long last, I am able to say a few words of my own. Until now, it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak.

 

To carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as king, I have found the help and support of the woman I love to be indispensable. However, that wish will never be granted.

 

A few hours ago, I discharged my last duty as king and emperor. And now, we all have a new king. I wish him and you his people happiness and prosperity with all my heart. God bless you all. God save the king.2

 

The stage rotates, revealing Wallis in a chair listening to the radio broadcast.

 

(2) Interesting enough, some of the speech in the play was nearly word-for-word that of the real abdication speech, while large chunks were left out. Listen for yourself to compare.

 

 

Scene 15 // Epilogue

 

WALLIS

How unfair! When you say things like that, what choice do I have but to marry you?

 

DAVID

You must have known that I was an unfair man?

 

WALLIS

Yes. But I didnít know you would go so far.

 

DAVID

Itís every little thing with you. Even after I died.

 

WALLIS

Ö David. Have you no regrets?

 

DAVID

Iíve told you a million times, Wallis.

 

WALLIS

And I want to hear it a million times.

 

DAVID

Is that why? I felt like you were calling me. Ö Donít play the tragic heroine; itís better to say things clearly.

 

WALLIS

You know me well, donít you? Answer.

 

DAVID

Of course I have regrets. But even if the hands of the clock turned back, I would choose the same path.

 

GUY

Iím the one who would like to say how unfair it all is! Everyone had such expectations for you. But you look completely finished. Weíre left behind, entangled in our hate. But, ah well. In the end you spun your own tale, didnít you?

 

GUY

I came this far

following in someone elseís footsteps

 

GODFREY

But before I noticed it, I lost my way

Now I canít follow any more.

 

LOCKHART

Iíve prepared myself

for the separate path that was always coming

and walk on without pause

 

ALBERT

I step out onto my own path,

which has no map

 

David and Wallis reappear, in their wedding clothes.

 

DAVID

I wonít forget that

Iíve come so far down my own path,

that path I saw which had no map

You were always beside me

 

WALLIS

Always and forever

The path still stretches on

 

WALLIS

Ö I love you, David.

 

DAVID

You say it at last.

 

The two kiss and rise up on a lift. Guy takes center stage.

 

GUY

Well then, ladies and gentlemen, that is the end of todayís broadcast. Letís meet again next time in the station of mist3.

 

 

(3) A reference, of course, to the second part of the show, Misty Station.