Saturday 25 May 2019

'My brother doesn't speak to me anymore' - Luxembourg's Princess Tessy on what life is really like after marrying into royalty

Princess Tessy and Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Princess Tessy and Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Prince Louis of Luxembourg (L) and Tessy Antony (R) pose with their son Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny during the christening ceremony on April 22, 2006 in Gilsdorf. Luxembourg. (Photo by Carlo Hommel/Cour Grand Ducale via Getty Images)
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg leaves the High Court in London. Prince Louis of Luxembourg, a member of a European royal family, separated from Princess Tessy, is embroiled in a fight over money with his estranged wife in Family Division of the High Court
‘Embraced’: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with her mother, Doria Ragland, (left) at the launch of the cookbook. Photo: PA
Royal glitz: Meghan arriving for her wedding with her mother, Doria. Photo: Oli Scarff
Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg with their children pose after the Christening ceremony of Princess Amalia at the Saint Ferreol Chapel in Lorgues on July 12, 2014 in Lorgues, France. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, depart from St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arriving at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle arrives with her mother, Doria Ragland, to have tea with the queen
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Tessy Antony, the former princess of Luxembourg, has spoken candidly about the devastating effects her royal marriage had on her family.

Tessy was a 19-year-old army corporal from humble beginnings when she met Prince Louis, eventually marrying him in 2006.

She and Louis divorced last year in a controversial court battle that was covered consistently by both the British and Luxembourgish press due to the fact that the proceedings took place in a London court, where the couple both live full-time. They became locked in a battle about the division of their assets after an unknown sum she requested was denied by Louis, who hails from one of the wealthiest royal families in Europe.

After they eventually settled on an undisclosed sum, Tessy has become a staunch defender of Meghan Markle, who has come under consistent criticism since marrying into the British royal family last May. Markle's only relative at her wedding was her mother Doria Ragland as her father claimed to have had a heart attack days before he was due to walk her up the aisle and she is estranged from her half-siblings.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg (L) and Tessy Antony (R) pose with their son Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny during the christening ceremony on April 22, 2006 in Gilsdorf. Luxembourg. (Photo by Carlo Hommel/Cour Grand Ducale via Getty Images)
Prince Louis of Luxembourg (L) and Tessy Antony (R) pose with their son Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny during the christening ceremony on April 22, 2006 in Gilsdorf. Luxembourg. (Photo by Carlo Hommel/Cour Grand Ducale via Getty Images)

But Tessy said that she can empathise with the Duchess of Sussex's experiences as her own family was also demolished after her royal relationship. At the time, she was also attacked for her supposed qualifications to marry a prince and because she became pregnant before they were engaged, he refuted any succession rights for himself and any of his children to assuage the scandal.

"My family suffered greatly when I married into the family. My little cousin needed to change school twice," she told Sky News. "My twin brother was incredibly bullied a work - still is today - my sister, my parents suffered...my oldest brother doesn't talk to me any more because of that, because it was too much for him to handle.

She was also the subject of tell-alls from former friends and classmates who sold stories and pictures from her pre-royal life to unscrupulous publications, albeit on a smaller scale than the intense global coverage around Meghan, whose own father has published handwritten letters by her with a British newspaper.

"That was when I married him and then when I got divorced 'Oh my god the same'. I've learned you can never please everyone," she added. "People will just like to talk bad about you. A person who went to school with me literally wrote me an email a few years ago and said, 'I'm sorry I wrote that about you, I know it's not true but I need to feed my children'."

"Why I did it and why I stand up for her and a lot of other people as well is because my children read these things. I don't want my children to grow up in such an environment - this is not the society I want my kids to grow up in."

In 2016, she described her divorce as “one of the most difficult situations I have ever faced” and said the focus remains on raising their sons Prince Gabriel (13) and Prince Noah (12).

Royal glitz: Meghan arriving for her wedding with her mother, Doria. Photo: Oli Scarff
Royal glitz: Meghan arriving for her wedding with her mother, Doria. Photo: Oli Scarff

“We have a very balanced family dynamic. My sons’ father and I make sure that they remain children as long as possible and receive and experience all the love and fun other children receive, too,” she told - of all places - RoyalCentral.co.uk.

“We have helped our sons to grow up to be confident, informed, happy, engaged and kind little gentlemen. We are very proud of them.”

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg leaves the High Court in London. Prince Louis of Luxembourg, a member of a European royal family, separated from Princess Tessy, is embroiled in a fight over money with his estranged wife in Family Division of the High Court
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg leaves the High Court in London. Prince Louis of Luxembourg, a member of a European royal family, separated from Princess Tessy, is embroiled in a fight over money with his estranged wife in Family Division of the High Court

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