Thursday, February 20, 2014

Manoel and wife about to separate?

February 20, 1914

Former King Manoel of Portugal and his wife, Augusta Victoria, are said to be on the verge of separation, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The rumors about the state of their marriage have been revived following the reports that Augusta Victoria is being treated by doctors for the "same ailment which caused her to become a patient at Munich hospital last fall."

For the past few months, the couple have been living at Twickenham, and "back stair gossip" is "spreading the idea" that there is little harmony in their home.   Until the recent reports, many supposed that the couple had patched up their "marital differences."

The new rumors in circulation alluded to the "personal influence" of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and his wife, who have, it is said, " succeeded in preventing an open breach" between Manoel and Augusta Victoria when she first became ill.

The German Emperor and Empress have "advised" Augusta Victoria to "overlook  the misdeeds of her husband for a time," but if she found it "impossible to live with him," they would not oppose or object to a separation."

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