April 16, 1928
Despite reports to the contrary, Miss Marguerite Watson, the wife of Prince Charles, Duke of Nemours, is a duchess, according to the Associated Press.
Reports from abroad stated that she was not a duchess because she "failed to confirm with official regulations when she was married in England on Saturday." These views have caused "great amusement" in French official circles and among the nobility.
"The people setting that rumor afloat seem not have heard of the French revolution," commented Count Fleury, a noted authority on titles. "The third republic never abolished titles, but the only interest it takes in them is to levy a fat tax when nobles want their titles verified."
Another high member of the French nobility said: "The American girl who married the Duc de Nemours is as much a Duchess as he is a duke. Nobody can change that since the de Nemours title is well enough established. It is curious that while so many spurious titles are going around unchallenged, a real one should be questioned when one happens upon it."
The marriage between the Duke and Miss Watson is "legal" regardless of what the Duke's family thinks. Consent of the parents "is not absolutely necessary" if the son demanded consent.
The Duke of Guise, head of the royal family, has had the last word: "Bless you, my children."