Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A divorce for Duchess Marie

January 31, 1908

Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, daughter of the reigning Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich, is about to file for divorce from her French husband, Count Georges Jametel, reports the New York Times from Berlin.

Their "romantic marriage in 1899" caused consternation among Europe's royal houses.   There is no confirmation regarding the report of a possible divorce.

It was "alleged" several years ago that Duchess Marie, "after an adventure with a servant," left Germany for France.  It was at a seaside resort in France that she met Count Jametel, the son of "a patent medicine manufacturer." 

She married him not long afterward.  It was said that Infanta Eulalia of Spain arranged the match.    First reports of marital problems surfaced in 1900 "that owing to the differences between her husband and her family," Duchess Marie sided with her "blood relations" and left the Count.

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