Thursday, March 14, 2019

Royals and Their Very Young Lovers----

“'Cougars' are popularly defined as women in their 40s (or older) who date significantly younger men, generally at a 10-year age gap or more. Pop culture paints the cougar as predatory and pathetically desperate, but women have recently begun fighting the stereotype: real cougars, they argue, are confident, successful, single women over the age of 40, who — tired of unromantic and narrow-minded men their own age — date younger, more active and more adventurous men. This article offers tips on identifying and attracting a “cougar” — also (and preferably) known as, an older woman." (Wikihow)

Princesse Helene d’Orleans (1871 – 1951)
Duchess of Aosta

Married Colonel Oddone Campini (1791-?), mar 1936.

" . . . With her husband’s death Helene survived for two decades as the Dowager Duchess of Aosta (1931 – 1951). Helene was remarried at Capodimente (1936) to her cavalier, Oddone Campini, a man three decades her junior. This union remained morganatic. . . ." (A Bit of History)

"The Spanish Civil War was at its beginning when Helene spent some time at Crans in Switzerland and in August 1936 was able to visit her Amelie at Evian. In October that year, it seems that Helene made a major commitment in her private life. She spent much of the month at the Clinica Quisisana in Rome, although the reason for that stay is unknown. Perhaps following an illness and wanting a regularisation of their relationship, there was said to have been a secret marriage between Helene and Otto Campini at Capodimonte in October blessed by Cardinal Ascalesi, the Archbishop of Naples, although no documentary evidence has ever been found. Over the following years, Otto Campini was always a discrete presence, often mistaken as Helen's aide-de-camp. With her family, he was always strictly formal, addressing them as 'Your Royal Highness' rather than as a member of the family himself. It was in September 1948 that the Milanese magazine Tempo published a cover story on 'Il marito segreto'---the secret husband---about the marriage of Helene and Campini. This was the first public acknowledgment of the probable union between the two. When Helene died fifteen years later, newspapers intentionally noted this secret marriage as a standard and accepted part of her obituary." (The Wandering Princess: Princess Helene of France, Duchess of Aosta 1871-1951)

"Otto Campini was a trim soldier, permanently tanned, prematurely grey, and slightly taller than Helene. He had been born at Brusasco in Torino province in 1891, the son of a Piedmontese general, and his two brothers were also colonels in the army. He had been a cadet at the Scuola Militare, became a lieutenant in 1912, and joined the Nizza Cavalleria, then later the Sahara Service with the camel troops." (The Wandering Princess)