Originally Posted by SirGyamfi1
It benefitted both sides in a way. Marie’s great dowry and trust fund would pay off some of Alfred’s debts as well as later on, the Duchy of Coburg’s. For Marie, additional status and her choice of spouse.
Marie thought she was lowering herself with this marriage — or quickly ended up believing that when Queen Victoria told her her Imperial rank gave her absolutely no precedence in the UK. Certainly not what Marie believed she was entitled to.
For Marie's part, Julia Gelardi's book about her and a few other Romanov women portrays her much more sympathetically than usual, I find.