Wrestler fighting with White Rajah to marry his daughter (1937)

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Dayang Nancy Valerie Brooke, the youngest daughter of Charles Vyner Brooke, the third (and last) White Rajah of Sarawak was in love with an American Wrestler, Robert Gregory. But it seems that her ‘royal’ status prevented her from marrying a commoner. This newspaper article gave us glimpse of the commoner’s struggle to formalise his romance with the princess of Sarawak. “I have always been a fighter, and this is only another fight. I am not pinned down yet,” he said. In the end, they finally tied the knot.

Dayang Nancy Valerie Brooke, anak bongsu kepada Charles Vyner Brooke, Raja Putih Sarawak yang ketiga (dan terakhir) telah jatuh cinta kepada seorang peninju rakyat Amerika Syarikat, Robert Gregory. Namun, status ‘diraja’nya menghalang perkahwinannya dengan peninju yang hanya berstatus orang kebiasaan. Petikan akhbar ini memberikan penjelasan lanjut mengenai usaha peninju itu dalam mengahwini puteri dari Sarawak yang dicintainya itu. “Saya sentiasa menjadi seorang pahlawan, dan hal ini hanya merupakan satu lagi perlawanan. Saya masih belum berputus asa,” katanya. Akhirnya, hasrat mereka untuk berkahwin tercapai.

– Article source: The Age, 2 November, 1937

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