Queen’s cousin reveals she was shortlisted as a potential wife for Prince Charles due to her ‘virginity and title’
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The Queen turns 95 on the 21st of April, so it’s no surprise that networks are rolling out all manner of fanfare possible to celebrate the event. ITV has an incredible roster of programmes due to air, one of which sees Alexander Armstrong meeting a few of the Queen’s cousins.
The Queen and Her Cousins introduces viewers to Princess Olga Andreevna Romanov – a colourful character who is third cousin to Queen Elizabeth. As well as lifting the veil on what life is really like as a relative of the Queen, Olga also detailed how she was shortlisted as a potential wife for Prince Charles due to her “title” and “virginity.”
As Xander and Olga sat down for some tea, the Pointless host asked, “Weren’t you being lined up as a potential partner for Prince Charles?”
“I certainly was put in as a potential partner for Prince Charles,” Olga responded. “They did an article in Queen (now Harper’s Bazar) on the five foreign princesses that possibly could marry the Prince.”
When asked what would have been considered when finalising the shortlist, Olga said: “A title, foreign, breeding and possibly because I was 17 – they were all very young – virginity was good.”
When Alexander joked about it being “discussed around the office,” Olga laughed and sighed, “God I was so virginal… so that sort of ticked the boxes!”
Olga detailed her first meeting with the Prince of Wales back in 1998 during an interview with The Mirror. “I'd met him once when I was 17 at a cocktail party.” she recalled.
“He asked me what I was doing and I said I was at finishing school and he made a remark about me becoming a secretary.
“He was very sweet, in fact he couldn't have been nicer, but I wouldn't have wanted to marry him one bit. First of all I'm the wrong religion and I would absolutely hate to live my life in a goldfish bowl. I couldn't have done it."
During The Queen and Her Cousins, Olga confirms this when she admits she’s glad she’s not an imperial princess. “You don’t want to scrub up every day. You want to be smelling of horse and you don’t want to have to be tarted up.”
Princess Olga currently lives at Provender House in Kent where she and her daughter run part of the grand family home as a holiday let. It may seem rather un-Royal, but it’s necessary work that keeps the imposing property ticking over.
“I always said I would never ever do other people’s dirty washing, ever. But luckily, now that this is up and running it should bring in some income towards the £50,000 a year to keep the place,” says Olga.
Watch Princess Olga on The Queen and her Cousins on ITV, 15th April at 9pm.
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