1) None of the biographies of Queen Marie has really detailed any serious relationship with Boris -- although the two would certainly have been well-acquainted. If nothing else, they were first cousins who saw each other on family trips (her mother, the Duchess of Edinburgh, made return visits to Russia at every possible opportunity). Other than a passing reference to this Romanov relative having an infatuation with the lovely and lively British princess, there is no mention of a situation in which the two could have been together for a lengthy enough period of time in which Mignon could have been conceived.
2) Mignon had blue eyes: although this fact does not prove Ferdinand's biological paternity, neither can you use it to prove that Boris was the father -- notwithstanding the fact that the Romanovs were also known to have blue eyes. The reality is that paternity can never been proven in the sense of pinpointing exact identity: at most, it can be DISPROVEN.
3) In the next generation, Mignon's eldest son (King Peter II of Yugoslavia) was said to resemble King Ferdinand of Romania. This was noted at his birth by none other than the boy's own father (King Alexander I Karageorgevich), who certainly had nothing personal at stake in making such a claim. And as Peter grew up, his grandmother noted traits other than physical appearance which tied him to Ferdinand (his shy personality).
Speaking of physical appearance, it should be noted that of all the six children born to Queen Marie, Prince Nicholas (the fourth child and second son) was the one who most closely resembled King Ferdinand. And indeed, photographs show that the son was the spitting image of the father (he had that Hohenzollern look). Of course, this fact didn't stop allegations that Nicky was fathered by someone else. But once again, given that he had blue eyes, one cannot automatically rule out Ferdinand as the biological father. So this fact holds by default: there simply is no evidence (let alone proof) otherwise.
And as stated previously, Princess Ileana also had blue eyes, which was to be expected of a child born to two blue-eyed parents. Given her mother's liaison with Barbo Stirbey, it's natural to suspect him to have been the father. But note what I mentioned about biographers characterizing his attitude toward and treatment of her: simply avuncular affection. This fact, plus the lack of disproof of Ferdinand's biological paternity, makes it highly unlikely that he fathered Ileana.
Things are different with Prince Mircea, who had brown eyes -- meaning that it was highly unlikely that Ferdinand was the biological father. It doesn't, of course, prove that Barbo was that specific person; but circumstantial evidence points to him. If nothing else, it's easy to believe that it was he, given that it was nearly impossible for Ferdinand to have fathered the boy.
Like I said, it would have been a GENETIC impossibility for two blue-eyed parents to produce a brown-eyed child (according to the Mendelian laws). So the only way for this to happen would have been through a fluke -- meaning a factor other than genes.
But can you expect a fluke factor to have come into play, given that Marie's first five children all had blue eyes?
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