July 13, 1935
Gladys Baker, a journalist with the North American Newspaper Alliance, recently had an exclusive interview with former Queen Elizabeth of Greece, who is once again known as Princess Elizabeth of Roumania.
The interview took place in Elizabeth's "secluded pink villa" on Victoria Street in Bucharest. The new divorced Princess said: "It is difficult to marry two types of mentality, unless there is an overlying strong feeling. So much depends on character and education. The temperaments of two nationalities are so esssentially different that when the inevitable moment comes, a misunderstanding will form a much deeper wound."
The scars of the recently granted divorce in Bucharest are obvious, despite "gallant Elizabeth's efforts to conceal them from the outside world."
The interview took place in the Princess' drawing room "of simple dignity, a setting of antique woods and softened greens. There was a "nun-like severity in the plain gray gown she wore," according to Baker.
Although George and Elizabeth had been separated for some time, "the divorce came as a crushing blow to Greek monarchists," who hoped that the forthcoming plebiscite would have restore George and his wife to the throne.
But this is not what the former queen wanted. "I never would have gone back. I never wanted to be a queen. Ever since I was a child, I dreaded the thought of it. One of the reasons I married my husband was that I thought he never would got back to the throne. I hated the hypocrisy, the superficiality and the false admiration given to me because I happened to be born to a position of royalty."
Throughout the interview, Princess Elizabeth spoke with "controlled emotion."