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She almost became Prince Albert's stepmother: Ira von Fürstenberg is dead

2024-03-01T04:17:50.462Z

Highlights: She almost became Prince Albert's stepmother: Ira von Fürstenberg is dead. She married at just 15, was a star of the jet set and enjoyed success as an actress, model and jewelry designer. After two failed marriages, she consoled Prince Rainier III. of Monaco after the death of his wife Gracia Patricia (52, † 1982) She would have been Charlène of Monaco's (46) mother-in-law and the stepmother of Prince Albert (65) and Princess Caroline of Hanover (67)



As of: March 1, 2024, 5:01 a.m

By: Susanne Kröber

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She married at just 15, was a star of the jet set and enjoyed success as an actress, model and jewelry designer.

Now Ira von Fürstenberg has died at the age of 83.

Rome – With Ira von Fürstenberg, the nobility has lost one of its most dazzling personalities.

After two failed marriages, she consoled Prince Rainier III.

of Monaco (81, † 2005) after the death of his wife Gracia Patricia (52, † 1982) and would have been Charlène of Monaco's (46) mother-in-law and the stepmother of Prince Albert (65), Princess Caroline of Hanover (67) and Princess Stéphanie (59).

Ira von Fürstenberg: scandalous wedding at 15 and tragic death of her eldest son

As the Italian news agency

Ansa

reports, Ira von Fürstenberg died on February 19, 2024 in her native Rome; she was 83 years old.

Ira was the eldest child of Tassilo zu Fürstenberg (84, † 1987) and Clara Agnelli (96, † 2016).

In 1955 she made headlines when she married Alfonso Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (79, † 2003) at the age of just 15.

The wedding in Venice became a major social event with around 1,000 guests from the world of nobility and high society.

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Just five years later, Ira and Alfonso's marriage was annulled after the birth of their sons Christoph (49, † 2006) and Hubertus von Hohenlohe (65).

While Hubertus caused a sensation as a ski racer for Mexico and made a name for himself as a singer and photographer, his older brother Christoph died at the age of 49 in a prison in Bangkok, Thailand, after being arrested on an allegedly forged visa, according to

Corriere della Sera

.

Almost a Grimaldi: Ira von Fürstenberg was discussed as the second wife of Prince Rainier of Monaco

Ira von Fürstenberg's second marriage was to the Brazilian entrepreneur Francisco Pignatari (61, † 1977).

After the divorce in 1964, she appeared in front of the camera as an actress for numerous films, mainly Italian productions, and established herself, among other things, as general director of the fashion company Valentino.

After Grace Kelly's death in 1982, Ira von Fürstenberg and Prince Rainier became closer, as she herself

confirmed in an interview with the French magazine

Point de Vue .

“In 1985, Prince Rainier was alone.

Our deep friendship brought us closer to the point where the press almost got us engaged.”

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Society lady Ira von Fürstenberg died in Rome at the age of 83.

(Photomontage) © IMAGO/SKATA/Pond5 Images

But an engagement never took place, which was probably primarily due to Ira von Fürstenberg, as she revealed in her own Sat.1 show “Palastgehisper”.

The Monegasque palace did not comment on the romance rumors, but Ira joked on the “Harald Schmidt Show” in 1996: “They were lucky they didn’t get me.

This is much better for them.”

Albert, Caroline and Stéphanie did not have a stepmother - and today's Princess Charlène of Monaco did not have a mother-in-law, Ira von Fürstenberg.

This means she will not be part of the planned Grimaldi series directed by Grace Kelly's grandson.

Sources used:

ansa.it, pointdevue.fr, corriere.it

Source: merkur

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