The Press: Edward & Wallis

Reading LIFE in 1945 in the Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor was impressed by the understanding of Britain shown in a series about his old friend, Winston Churchill. The Duke had a mutual friend call up Charles J. V. Murphy, now a LIFE staff writer, a big, ducal-looking Bostonian who had written the article (with John Davenport). The friend's suggestion: the Duke of Windsor and Reporter Murphy ought to know each other because "the Duke is thinking of doing some writing himself." The result of the delayed meeting (Murphy first spent six months in the Pacific as a war correspondent) was...

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