Madonna refused to buy letters written by Wallis Simpson as she researched her new movie W.E. – and simply memorised their content instead.
Madonna studied various scripts and notes while writing the movie – but she refused to pay for the historical musings.
She tells Britain’s Glamour magazine, “I’m sure I’ve read every book on the Duchess of Windsor. And once people knew I was doing research and writing the script they wanted to sell me their letters.
“I didn’t purchase any, but I read them, noted the information and then said thanks, but no thanks. I watched every documentary ever made, and stayed at the house in the south of France that they lived in during the war – it’s now owned by (Russian businessman) Roman Abramovich. I tried to go to places that they were at and soak up their energy. Of course, I wasn’t allowed in Windsor Castle.”