March 25, 1921
|Queen Sophie holding her granddaughter|
Mme. Manos is the daughter of a former aide-de-camp to King Constantine. Her marriage to King Alexander is "reported to have taken place" before he succeeded to the throne. The marriage was said to be the "culmination of youthful friendship."
The Greek premier Venizelos was determined "bring about a separation between the couple so that the king might marry a princess of royal blood." He was not successful. Last October, when Alexander was dying "from the effects of the bite of a monkey," Mme. Manos was by his side. After his death, Mme. Manos's attorney "made a legal plea" for Alexander's property. A Greek court "dismissed the opposition" supported by King Constantine, and ordered "the property turned over" to Alexander's widow.
Not long after Constantine resumed the throne, he declared that his son's widow "had no status in royalty." Mme. Manos is said to have visited Queen Sophie every day, and is on good terms with other members of the Greek royal family. There were reports that if she had given birth to son, she would "set up a claim for his succession to the Greek throne."
The Greek royal house expects to celebrate another birth within the family, as Princess Alice, the wife of King Constantine's younger brother, Prince Andrew, is expected to give birth her fifth child in June.