From the March 23rd, 1917 entry of French Ambassador Maurice Paleologue's diaries:
This morning Buchanan has announced that King George, with the advice and approval of his ministers, offers the Emperor and Empress the hospitality of British territory; but he refuses to guarantee their safety and confines himself to a hope that they will remain in England until the end of the war.
Miliukov is obviously greatly touched by this announcement, but he added sadly:
"But I fear it comes too late!"
In yesterday's Petrograd Gazette the Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovitch has had a long interview published in which he attacks the fallen sovereigns:
"I have often wondered, he says, whether the ex-Empress were not in league with William II, but each time I have forced myself to dismiss so horrible a suspicion."
Who can tell whether this treacherous insinuation will not before long provide the foundation for a terrible charge against the unfortunate Tsarina? The Grand Duke Cyril should know or be reminded that the most infamous calumnies which Marie Antoinette had to meet when she faced the Revolutionary Tribunal first took wing at the elegant suppers of the Comte d'Artois.
This Cyril was piece of work! He was the one who left the Tsarina and the girls unprotected and pleaded alliance to the Provisional Government. He also caused trouble for Nicholas (like other Romanovs) by marrying a cousin (maternal cousin to Cyril and Nicky, paternal cousin to the Tsarina), who was also the divorced wife of the Tsarina's brother (one of Queen Victoria's less fortunate match-making efforts). Cyril and his wife Victoria Melita were imho opportunists who looked out only for themselves. And they knew the Tsarina well enough to know exactly that she had not the slightest sympathy for either Wilhelm or Germany in the war. She had a deep love for Russia and believed she did what was best for Russia - mistakenly, but she would never have alleged herself to Germany. She said she'd rather die in Russia than live through German help.
What an infamous remark.