Austin Prichard-Levy was the beloved husband of Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia, and the beloved father of Luca, who will celebrate his 17th birthday on Valentine's Day.
Austin, who died from a massive heart attack, was 63 years old. He was born Roma, Queensland, on January 20, 1953. His death took place at his home in London on Monday January 2.
(I learned about the death on Tuesday but waited to post this until after the official announcement was made )
He was the personal manager for the Australian pianist, David Helfgott, whose life was the subject of the Oscar-winning movie, Shine. His paternal grandmother was the German actress and singer, Margarete Schlegel (1899-1987). Schlegel's husband was Prussian Jewish-born political economist Hermann Joachim Levy, who was baptized as a Lutheran at age 14. Their son, Hermann Martin Heinrich Levy, was baptized as a Roman Catholic. Professor Levy was teaching in Britain, having lost his position in Berlin, when his wife and young son fled Nazi Germany to join him in 1938.
I have known Lavinia and her family for many years. In the early 1990s, I visited her mom, Princess Kira of Leiningen, and Lavinia and her older brothers were also there. A wonderful modest tea - and lots of conversation. I was delighted when Lavinia married Austin in 1998. We kept in touch, and I finally got to meet Austin when we were in Belgrade for Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine's 25th wedding anniversary.
Dear, Dear Lavinia, I know what you are going through ... all my love.
|all three photos @Marlene A. Eilers Koenig|
|2001: HRH Princess Lavinia|
|HRH Princess Lavinia and family outside the White Palace in Belgrade in 2001|