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Wallis Simpson's Villa La Croe seized from Russian oligarch – inside the former royal home

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Tall, mirrored doors, standing always open, led from one room to another and looking glass covered some of the panelling. The Duchess wanted the chateau to be light and airy, so she installed huge mirrors above great fireplaces that reflected objects back and forth.

Wallis had a fancy for mirrors, which explains this decision. Some of her friends even called her ‘Wallis through the Looking Glass’.

It had the charming appearance of an English country house in a French setting.

It was all done in a remarkably short time causing British journalist Rebecca West to comment admiringly: “There are not too many women who can pick up the keys to a rented house, raddled by long submission to temporary inmates, and make it look as if a family of good taste had been living there for two to three centuries.”

The Duchess’ impeccable taste in interior decorating was complimented by two experts, Lady Sybil Colefax and Lady Mendl.



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