Sunday, September 23, 2018

Today -100: September 23, 1918: Of hard Germans and crown princes

Headline of the Day -100:

The NYT reports, and then instantly casts doubt on, rumors that Crown Prince Carol of Romania has married, rumors which have presumably been spread by Germany to discredit the deeply divided Romanian royal family. As it happens, it is true that he married “Zizi” Lambrino, daughter of a Romanian general. They both snuck into Odessa to do it before his family caught on, which makes him technically a deserter, but hey he’s the crown prince. The Supreme Court will decide next year that the marriage is unconstitutional, and annul it, which the couple will disregard, producing a child 9 months and 10 days after the annulment. The marriage will peter out and he’ll marry a Greek princess and that won’t work out either. Oh, and a court in 1996 will rule that the annulment was invalid, which would make Carol’s next two marriages bigamous and King Michael a bastard.

In other crown prince news, German POWs pass on a rumor that a Bavarian Crown Prince Rupprecht tried to shoot Hindenburg but missed.

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