BELGIUM: The Provocative Princess

The first Free Belgian to parachute into his German-occupied homeland after King Leopold III surrendered to the Nazis in 1940 slipped back to London with a confidential letter. Addressed to a Belgian minister-in-exile, it came from a friend of the royal family. "Could you please do something about the situation at Laeken [Palace]? The King is surrounded ... A beautiful German blonde masseuse comes in every morning, and the King sees far too much of Mademoiselle Baels."

Six months later, King Leopold, a lonely widower,* secretly married Marie Liliane Baels, the comely...

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