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‘We are very close,’ Pavlos told Point de Vue of his relationship with the foreign royals, adding their presence brought the family ‘comfort’ at a difficult time. 

Pavlos also confirmed he and his wife, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, 54, are looking for a home in Greece and will spend more time in the country in the future. The couple, who share five children including Princess Olympia and Prince Constantine Alexios (Poppy Delevingne’s new beau), currently split their time between the UK and America.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended the funeral with her sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim

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‘It may be in Athens, depending on what we find,’ he said of their plans for a new home but acknowledged they have been looking for the right property for some time. He added there is ‘no rush’ to buy but that he wanted to be a more visible presence in the country, now that he is head of the family and now-defunct monarchy. ‘They will see me more here, in Greece,’ he assured. 

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The couple recently marked the end of the 40-day mourning period with a second memorial service at the same Athens cathedral. Constantine, who ascended to the throne in 1964 during a fraught period of the country’s history, spent his final moments in an intensive care unit in a private hospital in Athens. Following a military coup in 1967, and an unsuccessful counter-coup, Constantine II and his family moved to the UK where they bought a stunning 13-bedroom home in Hampstead, north London. The monarchy was abolished in 1973 and Constantine II was later stripped of his Greek citizenship.