Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Prince Philipp charged as criminal

February 20, 1903

Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is facing "sensational charges" in Austria, reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The charges were made today in the Reichsrath by Herr Daszynski, the Polish leader, who has "denounced the prince as a criminal."  This is in reference to the imprisonment of Count Mattasich, the young Hungarian who ran off with Prince Philipp's wife, Princess Louise of Belgium several years ago. Last December, the count was sentenced to "four years' imprisonment" for forgery.  Daszynski alleges that while in prison, the Mattasich "drew up a formal accusation" charging Prince Philipp with coercing his wife "to encourage the advances of the late Baron Hirsch," and forcing her to "ask the baron for money."

After her elopement,  Princess Louise was confined to an mental asylum in Dresden for some months.

[One assumes this is the same Baron Hirsch who adopted Maurice and Raymond de Forest.]

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