The wife of the late Shah of Iran says she was reluctant to leave her homeland when her husband was deposed in 1979, and offered to stay behind as a symbol of hope for his supporters.

"I said to my husband, `If you think you should go because it would calm things, then let me stay.' Not that I would have interfered politically, but if I had stayed, people would have seen his representative, and it might have given hope to our supporters," said deposed Empress Farah Diba in an interview in the June-July issue of Memories magazine.Farah said she's not sure the Islamic revolution that forced her husband from his Peacock Throne could have been avoided.

"Progress caused so any changes and brought with it so many problems," she said. "We were trying, in one generation, to jump from feudal and semi-feudal conditions to the 20th century and beyond."

She said if Iranians had known what his successor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his followers would be like, she's certain there would not have been a revolution.

Farah has homes in the United States and France.