Monday 21 October 2019

Spanish duchess gives up her fortune for love at 85

Iciar Reinlein in Madrid

SPAIN'S fabulously rich Duchess of Alba (left) has signed away her enormous wealth, string of palaces, priceless works of art and vast swathes of Spanish real estate to marry for love at 85. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, a regular subject of gossip in Spain's glossy magazines and said by Guinness World Records to have more titles than any other royal on the planet, wants to marry a humble civil servant 25 years her junior.

The duchess has divided her fortune between her six children to convince them that her suitor is besotted with her rather than her money and the kinds of possessions considered national treasures.

All her children were born to her first husband, engineer Luis Martinez de Irujo, and she shocked many in Spain after his death by marrying former Jesuit priest Jesus Aguirre, who died in 1978.

But her recent match has divided the House of Alba. Her son, Cayetano Martinez de Irujo, said just a few weeks ago he had only met his mother's suitor three times and she shouldn't marry because of her historical responsibility.

"I still don't know why my children are causing problems," the duchess -- whose wealth is estimated at between €600m and €3.5bn -- complained on Spanish radio.

"We aren't hurting anyone. Alfonso doesn't want anything, he's renounced everything. He doesn't want anything but me."

Irish Independent

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