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CAROL AND LUPESCU AN EARLY MOVE TO FRANCE LONDON Ex-King Carol of Rumania and his friend, Mine. Lupescu, who have been living "quietly" with their five dogs in a super-luxury hotel outside Rio de Janeiro at £20 a day, are contemplating an early move to France —the former monarch's "second country." So when I went to find out how Carol and his friend have been faring during their four years in Brazil, writes a B.U.P. correspondent in Rio de Janeiro, I was advised: "Ask the men in the grounds." They told me: "Carol is a real gentleman and he talks to us nicely about anything. He asks us about our working conditions, what our homes are like, and dozens of other things. "But Mme. Lupescu . . . she nearly drives everyone mad, including Carol, the way she worries over her dogs. If one of them gets the sniffles she turns the place upside-down. "He never seems to be ill, but she is always complaining and spends most of her time in her suite—while he takes the dogs for a walk."

£20-A-Day Room For a man who has been entertaining, shocking and deceiving the world with his love affairs, and who renounced the throne, ex-King Carol is living a remarkably quiet life. He and Mme. Lupescu live "modestly" in the presdential suite of the Hotel Quitandianha, just outside Rio de Janeiro which costs them— and the five dogs—£2o a day without meals. Carol's only link with his past life is that Lupescu and his two retainers still call him "Majesty." Hotel guests told me that the ex-monarch was friendly—but will never talk politics, particularly on whether he would like to return to the throne. Usually he receives anyone who wants to see him, but he is not so keen on newspapermen. He never patronises the gambling room, but prefers to stay in his suite and play a quiet game of piquet or bridge—when he can get the Polish Prince Chartoricki and his wife to make a foui-some. Visitors do not see much of Carol in the evening. He is usually with Mme. Lupescu, who seems to have just as much influence over him as she ever had. He gets up late in the morning, reads a great deal, mainly about social problems and city planning, and never indulges in sport—he seems to get enough exercise walking out the five dogs. Mme. Lupescu's main complaint is that she cannot get French magazines. At the moment she is getting in a stock of silk stockings, linen and other fineries which are scarce in France ,—where the couple intend to move shortly. Carol says that his happiest day in Brazil was when he had a telegram from his son, King Michael, whose photograph he keeps in his room. His next happiest day, he says, will be when he can find a home of his own in France—"my second country."

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£20A-DAY EXILE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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£20A-DAY EXILE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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