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Alexandra's mother thought her daughter was too young, and was relieved when King George II of Greece refused permission for the match.
Following a rigged election in November 1945, the Communists took power and the first act of the Constituent Assembly was to abolish the monarchy.Her second cousin Prince Philip, later Duke of Edinburgh, was another Greek exile, and they shared several holidays together at the homes of relatives.In 1936, when she and Philip were briefly in Athens for a memorial service (the monarchy having been restored), he fell ill after eating a lobster.Peter never recovered from what he saw as a betrayal, and the rest of his life was a relentless decline.The Communists had seized virtually all the immense fortune of the Yugoslav royal family, and Peter was reduced to selling Alexandra's jewels to make ends meet.A doctor arrived in time and the divorce petition was rejected; but the marriage never recovered.
Peter soon returned to the US, where he became an alcoholic and died prematurely in 1970. Her autobiography, For a King's Love, was published in 1960, and a biography of her cousin Prince Philip in 1959.
'Sandra, I feel sick,' he said to her in church, before neatly vomiting into his top hat, which he passed to his ADC.
Unlike Philip, who loved Gordonstoun, Alexandra hated the girl's boarding school she was sent to, Heathfield.
Although he had the protection of his godfather George VI, Peter was ill-prepared for exile.
By contrast Alexandra, whom he first met in March 1942 at a tea party given by the Allied Officers' Club in Grosvenor House, had been an exile almost all her life.
Initially her mother refused to take her away, but she gave in after Alexandra simply stopped eating.