Marie, bored during her husband’s long recovery and repelled by his greatly changed appearance, supposedly took up with her handsome new aide-de-camp Zizi Cantacuzino. Pregnant that fall, she visited her mother in Coburg that winter and returned to Romania later on, the fate of the child she was carrying unknown.
In “Dearest Missy” a book Marie’s correspondence with her mother, her mother writes in October 1897 to tell Marie she herself is entirely to blame for her “illness” and for neglecting to observe “simple precautions during certain times.”
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