The importance given by Gheg men to marry themselves to virgin women has led to women paying to have their virginity restored.
Despite the risk of infections and inflammations sexually active Gheg women are obtaining covert "simple 20-minute gynaecological" surgery "to become virgins again" in Gheg cities.
Liberal in the traditional sense, Tosk Albanians, from southern and central Albania, make up the majority population of Albanians living within Albania, and minority Albanian population living within the Balkans and greater Europe.
The gender and religious discrimination rampant in traditional Gheg Albanian society was absent from traditional Tosk Albanian society, where women were and are seen as equals.
Leka's grandfather Zog I, fled when Italian Fascist troops invaded Albania in 1939, a year after his wedding with Hungary's princess Geraldine Apponyi.
The 33-year old bride, who studied theatre in Paris, is a famous actress in Albania.Women are expected to be faithful to their husbands, but married Albanian women are considered the property of their male spouses.Having daughters is less favoured within the patriarchal society of Gheg Albanians.More than 20 current and erstwhile royals attended, including Spain's Queen Sofia, Iran's former empress Farah Diba, Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia and Princess Margarita of Romania.Prince Leka, 34, is a graduate from Britain's Sandhurst military academy, and is an adviser to Albania's foreign minister.Due to the giving of greater importance to the desire of having sons than bearing daughters, it is customary that for pregnant Albanian women to be greeted with the phrase "të lindtë një djalë", meaning "May it be a son".