Friday, July 1

The other ‘royals’ who gave up everything for love


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the first or only to renounce the privileges of royalty for the sake of royalty. In Japan, the Netherlands, Romania or Russia, other ‘royals’ decided or were forced to leave titles, privileges and some obligations.

The story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, an American like Meghan Markle, was a major scandal in the first half of the 20th century. Eduardo inherited the throne from his father, George V, in January 1936. In December, without having been crowned, he abdicated in favor of his younger brother, George VI, father of Elizabeth II. When Wallis Simpson divorced her second husband, she proposed to him a marriage that the British Parliament did not accept. “It is impossible for me to reign without the help and support of the woman I love,” Eduardo said when he abdicated. The couple married in 1937 and lived in Paris.

Frieze of the Netherlands, brother of King William, confronted his mother, Queen Beatrix, and the Government, which refused to ask Parliament for permission to marry his fiancée, Mabel Wisse-Smith, an alleged spy for the services Dutch secrets in the 90s and related to the mobster Klaass Bruinsma. Friso resigned from the succession in 2004 and lived his love until he passed away in 2013 from a ski accident.

Sayako, the youngest daughter of the emperors of Japan, Akihito and Michiko, did the same in 2005. She resigned by becoming engaged to Yoshiki Kuroda, a municipal official and urban planner, for whom she left the imperial house. It was not unique in the family. Young Mako, niece of Sayako and the current emperor, Naruhito, is engaged to a commoner whom she met at university. Japanese law establishes that women lose their privileges if they marry someone without blue blood, something that does not happen with men.

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From Denmark to Russia

The Danish monarchy was experiencing its earthquake in 2007. Alexandra renounced the title of royal highness by marrying the photographer Martin Jörgesen again. With the wedding he lost the privilege of not paying taxes, but he kept the county of Frederiksborg.

In the first half of the 20th century, Romanian casanova Carol Carol married commoners twice. With the first he had a son who was never part of the royal family; and with Elena, a Greek and Danish princess, he had another son who would become King Mihai I. But five years after the marriage Carol left the country with her lover, Magda Lupescu, also without blue blood. His father deprived him of his inheritance right, but fate allowed him to return after the death of his father, and even reign as Carol II of Romania after removing his only eight-year-old son.

Grand Duke Mikhail Alexanodrovich Romanov, brother of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, had a son with the wife of a subordinate, Natalia Sergeyevna, whom he secretly married in Vienna. The tsar forbade her to return to Russia but the brothers reconciled, the marriage was recognized and Natalia received the title of countess.


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