Wednesday, July 26, 2023

No title for the Duke of Anjou's second wife

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 HRH The Count of Paris has issued a statement concerning the forthcoming second marriage of his first cousin, HRH Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Orléans, to Naomi-Valeska Kern.  

"The press has reported on the divorce and proposed civil remarriage of HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Anjou.

The marriages of Princes of the House of France are subject to the double condition of obtaining the approval of the Head of the Royal Household and being contracted in accordance with the rules of canon law of the Catholic Church.

If H.R.H. Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Anjou were to remarry civilly, and neither of these two conditions were met, he would lose his status as Royal Highness. He would only be Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans and, if he so wished, Duke of Anjou.

As for his future wife, she could only be what civil law grants her, i.e. Madame Charles-Philippe d'Orléans. Any children they may have will not be dynasts and will therefore be unable to claim any title, predicate, or prerogative attached to the House of France.

As the dynastic law of the Royal House recognizes the rules of the Church of Rome, even if the first civil marriage has been dissolved, the religious marriage remains valid and so does the filiation result from it.

Thus, his first wife and their daughter retain the titles, predicates, and prerogatives that they have today in the House of France.

For his wife, HRH Princess Diana d'Orléans, Duchess of Anjou - she also retains the right to add the coat of arms granted to the Duke of Anjou in 2004 to her personal coat of arms - and for their daughter, HRH Princess Isabelle d'Orléans."

Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou married Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval, on June 21, 2008, at the Cathedral of Évora in Evora, Portugal.   They have one daughter, HRH Princess Isabelle of Orléans, who was born on February 22, 2012.  She is the goddaughter of King Felipe VI of Spain.

The Duke and Duchess of Anjou were divorced in December 2022.  In early 2023, Prince Charles-Philippe and his girlfriend, Naomi-Valeska Kern were seen in public, and they became engaged on March 2.  They will wed on September 9 in a civil ceremony.  

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 They cannot have a Roman Catholic wedding as the Duke of Anjou's first marriage has not been annulled.  


Unknown said...

I am curious as to how their mutual cousin, the divorced Duke Eberhard, managed to have a Catholic ceremony in the post below!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

He was married in a civil ceremony .. no church wedding