In his " Queens of Heart of Romania ", Guy des Cars paints a contrasting portrait of Queen Helen. He describes her as arrogant and ambitious and as having been primarily responsible for the failure of her marriage to Carol.
According to him, Helen would never have feelings for Carol and have agreed to marry because her mother, Queen Sophia, and she was forced to a good match for a princess without a great fortune.
As soon as she was mother, Helen felt she had fulfilled her duty by providing a legal heir to the throne of Romania and began to refuse her husband who, disappointed by this behavior, began to get some derivatives with less cold creatures .
The leak of Carol with Magda Lupescu offered the dual advantage of Helen's get rid of a man she could not stand long time, physical presence, and the ability to reign through her son.
Still according to Guy des Cars, Helen wanted a divorce from Carol for purely sentimental reasons, because she wanted to marry the Duke of Aosta she had known in 1925.
Later, despite attempts to reconcile Carol who sincerely wanted to rebuild the home, Helen, who still hoped to receive from the Vatican permission to marry the Duke of Aosta, have stubbornly refused to resume married life with her ex- husband. The princess who wished for one thing, moving to Italy, would not yield. Henceforth, the separation between the couple was final.
If one believes this release, the exile of Helen in 1930 was voluntary and would have preferred to live away from her son for purely sentimental reasons.
Is this the absolute truth and not only is it a personal interpretation to try to rehabilitate Carol ? If all these facts are true, this would imply that Helen was far from being the wife Martyrdom and persecution which she had created an image in the eyes of the world.