♦️Three times a lover♦️
Part 2: Just like Princess Margaret, Cayetana became known for defying the norm. She was married thrice, which sparked controversy then especially in a Catholic country such as Spain.
Her first marriage to Pedro Luis Martínez de Irujo y Artacoz in 1947 was well publicized throughout Europe.
It somewhat overshadowed the wedding of the world’s most famous monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred a short month after.
This marriage, which produced all six of the Duchess’s children, was tragically cut short with the untimely death of her husband in 1972.
Not one to be discouraged, the adventurous nature of Cayetana then led her to Jesús Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate, an intellectual and a former Jesuit who was eleven years her junior.
Their wedding was one that shook Spanish high society. Not only did Jesus leave his religious vows, but he was looked down upon by the friends and family of the Duchess.
While detractors labeled her new husband as a social climber, it was reportedly this time that the Duchess of Alba de Tormes was the happiest.
Their love endured till the Duke Consort passed away in 2001.
As expected, the Duchess of Alba was ever enduring. She lived her life as she had always wanted, even when her affairs became public knowledge, from getting involved with bullfighters to her relationship Alfonso Diez Carabantes, a public servant 24 years her junior.
It was a relationship heavily criticized by her family and King Juan Carlos, who all suspected Cayetana’s new partner to be a gold digger who was after her fortune worth €3.5 billion.
Only when she publicly divided her fortune among her children and grandchildren people were reassured that Alfonso would cause no harm to both Cayetana and the House of Alba. #tobecontinued
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