Hope Cooke's romance with King Palden Thondup Namgyal, who was the last monarch of Sikkim (before India took over the area and dethroned him), began like a fairy tale but ended more like a nightmare.
In 1963, the couple got married after the American debutante met the king-to-be while she was traveling and stopped at a Darjeeling hotel in the Himalayan area. Their relationship, after saying "I do," was rocky to say the least. There was affairs and relationship issues, not to mention the country's turmoil and King Palden's eventual overthrow, and in 1980, the two called it quits. She moved back to the States with their two children and has lived there ever since.