The June 26 1926 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this syndicated column that was allegedly authored by Marie, Queen of Rumania (1875-1938):
I am wondering: was Queen Marie actually writing a column for North American newspapers? Here’s what I found:
- Her Wikipedia page makes no mention of newspaper writing that I could find, though it did mention that she wrote extensively, producing 34 books and short stories – including a three-volume autobiography, The Story of My Life, and a diary.
- The Tourist in Romania site doesn’t mention newspaper writing either, but does point out that, after her death, her heart remained for many years in a dusty shoebox in the basement of the National Museum of Romanian History.
- I also found a detailed list of books and articles by or about Marie, including “A Queen Talks About Love”, which appeared in Hearst’s International-Cosmpolitan in September 1925. One of the pictures on this page matches the picture in the 1926 article in the Star (though it has been flipped horizontally).
This last point leads me to believe that the column is genuine and was actually written by a regal person.
The Nicky referred to in the article was Prince Nicholas of Romania (1903-1978), who was exiled from Romania by his older brother King Carol II when the monarch disapproved of Nicholas’s marriage to a divorced woman. He emigrated to Spain and then to Switzerland, eventually passing away in Spain.
By the way, I cannot think of Marie of Romania (or Rumania) without thinking of this Dorothy Parker poem:
Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.