Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson’s Bahamas Estate Has Hit the Market for $8.5 Million

An aerial view of Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson's lavish Bahamas estate.
An aerial view of Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson's lavish Bahamas estate.

Decades before Prince Harry escaped across the pond with an American divorcée, his great uncle Edward did something quite similar. In December 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the throne and later married Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced socialite from Baltimore, Maryland.

After living in Paris for a few years, Edward was appointed governor of the Bahamas, and the couple purchased a lavish estate on the island of New Providence while they waited for their official government residence to be renovated. That 15,000-square-foot mansion, called Sigrist House (after Frederick Sigrist, the British film producer who built it in the 1930s), and its surrounding property are now on the market for $8.5 million.

An airy, light-filled entryway in Prince Edward's former residence.Sotheby's

According to, the 4-acre estate is situated on a ridge outside Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital city, with various restaurants, local shops, and a casino within walking distance. That said, since the grounds themselves include breathtaking views of the water, a pool, a spa, flower gardens, and fruit and coconut trees, you might never even have a reason to leave the premises.

The 4-acre estate with Nassau in the distance.Sotheby's

While the main residence features a red-tiled roof and other elements of Spanish-colonial architecture, some parts of its expansive interior remain quintessentially British—four fireplaces, for example, were actually shipped from country homes in England, and some of the mahogany walls were constructed in England.

The spacious sitting room, featuring a British fireplace.Sotheby's

The four-bedroom main house is flanked by a three-bedroom apartment and another two four-bedroom guest houses, making it large enough to accommodate all the extended family members who will almost definitely ask to visit you.

If $8.5 million is within your budget for an island palace with a royal past, find out more information here.


Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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Queen Elizabeth II Approves of Buckingham Palace's New Official Gin

NASA/Bill Ingalls, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
NASA/Bill Ingalls, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Queen Elizabeth II knows her gin. Every day before lunch, Her Majesty enjoys a glass of gin and Dubonnet on the rocks with a slice of lemon. Now, you can mix an authentic version of the regal cocktail at home. As Food & Wine reports, the Royal Collection Trust Shop now sells Buckingham Palace Gin.

Buying a bottle of the small-batch booze is the closest most of us can get to spending happy hour with the Queen. Many of the ingredients used to make the gin are sourced from the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries, and mulberry leaves are some of the 12 botanicals that give the spirit its floral, citrusy flavor.

Royal Trust Collection

Though it's sure to be an instant collector's item, this gin isn't just for royal wannabes. It will also be served at official events at Buckingham Palace. Though whether it's good enough for the Queen to drink with her Dubonnet, the palace hasn't said.

The Buckingham Palace Gin is now available for preorder at the Royal Collection Trust Shop for $50 (or £40). It's only available for shipping within the UK, and orders placed now won't be shipped until September 30. Gin isn't the only booze Queen Elizabeth enjoys on a daily basis. She also drinks a glass of wine with lunch, and wine made from her royal vineyard is also available to purchase.

[h/t Food & Wine]