Marguerite Alibert’s story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of sex work. Alibert was a formidable woman who pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among France’s elite, accomplishing her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money in the process.
Marguerite is also commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname she took from the man she claimed was her husband at 17. Meller was one of four different surnames she would use throughout her exotic and exciting life.
Marguerite saw love not from a romantic’s point of view, but as a way to survive and thrive. She was even one of Prince Edward VIII’s mistresses and went on to marry an Egyptian royal. However, that monumental event is where her story takes a murderous turn. In the end, Marguerite went down in infamy as the princess who got away with murder.
Marguerite Had A Steady Supply Of Wealthy Gentlemen Who Funded Her Extravagant Lifestyle
Marguerite began to make a living by seducing and courting wealthy men, and it was paying off well. She was receiving many valuable trinkets and gifts — along with a settlement from Andre Meller — but she wanted more. She found her first legal husband, Charles Laurent, in 1919.
The marriage was not what either of them wanted and was dissolved after only six months, but Marguerite did achieve her end goal — a large divorce settlement. That money paid for her apartment, as well as a stable of horses, cars, and servants.
Looking For A More Stable Life, Marguerite Married An Egyptian Lord
Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey first met Marguerite Laurent in 1921, and was immediately taken by her even though she was escorting a wealthy businessman at the time. Ali was not technically a prince; he was, however, ridiculously wealthy and had been given the title of “Bey,” the equivalent of “Lord.” He managed to arrange a meeting for the two of them in 1922 and soon proposed marriage to Marguerite and invited her to come live with him in Cairo. She hesitated but eventually agreed.
She Had To Convert To Islam For Their Formal Wedding
When she married Bey Fahmy, Marguerite had two clauses drawn up stating that she would be allowed to wear western clothing, and that she would be allowed to divorce him. In exchange, she would convert to Islam (and thus receive his inheritance). Just before the wedding, the divorce clause was thrown out — and he added a clause that would allow him to take extra wives.
Bey Fahmy Expected Her To Be A Submissive Wife — That Didn’t Go Over Too Well
The marriage between Marguerite and her bey was, unsurprisingly, an unhappy one. A woman as shrewd, independent, and openly sexual as Marguerite was never going to be the submissive, obedient, and proper Islamic wife that Bey Fahmy desired. The couple fought like cats and dogs, occasionally in public. It was said that Marguerite humiliated Bey Fahmy with her behavior.