"Mina" as she is sometimes called, was quickly married to the prince when she was seventeen and he fifteen. The marriage was arranged by Richard's father Aldous, who wanted to prevent his son from eloping with Karen Liu, whom he considered unworthy. Mina's father was loyal and in many ways dependent on Aldous; he saw their union as a means of further controlling his son's life.
The marriage has proven a very unhappy one, though the two have managed to produce an heir, Prince Tobias. Richard prefers Karen, who has become his mistress, and Mina has numerous lovers. She ignores her son completely.