Monday, January 4, 2021

The Duke of Segorbe Expels the Duchess of Medinaceli, Plus Four Other Relatives, from Family Foundation

Don Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, Duke of Segorbe.

Ignacio, Duke of Segorbe, recently expelled his great-niece Victoria, Duchess of Medinaceli, as well as two nephews and two nieces from the board of trustees of the Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, which was created in 1978 by Ignacio's late mother, Victoria Eugenia, Duchess of Medinaceli.  Ignacio has moved to separates himself from his great-niece and nieces and nephews who have been "critical" of his management in his role as president of the foundation, which seeks to protect the family's heritage and properties. 

Princess Victoria zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Duchess of Medinaceli.
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Don Rafael de Medina y Abascal, Duke of Feria, and his brother Don Luis de Medina y Abascal.

Owing to Segorbe's actions, his five relatives who now no longer have seats on the foundation's board are trustees are as follows: Princess Victoria zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Duchess of Medinaceli (b.1997); Doña Victoria Francisca de Medina y Conradi, Duchess of Santiesteban del Puerto (b.1986); Doña Casilda de Medina y Conradi, Marchioness of Solera (b.1989); Don Rafael de Medina y Abascal, Duke of Feria (b.1978); and Don Luis de Medina y Abascal (b.1980). Victoria Medinaceli is the granddaughter of Ignacio's late sister Ana, Victoria Francisca and Casilda are the daughters of Ignacio's late brother Luis, and Rafael and Luis are the sons of Ignacio's late brother Rafael. Ignacio Segorbe was the only one of his mother's four children to survive her passing. 

Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa, Duchess of Medinaceli.

The elimination of Princess Victoria of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Duchess of Medinaceli, and her four first cousins once removed is likely to case legal problems. In her will, their respective great-grandmother and grandmother Victoria Eugenia, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-six, stipulated that all four of her children, and their descendants after them, should be given positions on the Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli's board of trustees. As mentioned before, the foundation controls a vast array of assets: castles, churches, gardens, hospitals, and palaces. Thus, this recent development will assuredly have to be resolved in court.
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