Thursday, September 29, 2022

Prince Ferfried of Hohenzollern (1943-2022)

During the evening of 26 September/27 September, Prince Ferfried of Hohenzollern died at Großhadern Clinic in Munich. He was seventy-nine years-old. The late prince was an uncle of Fürst Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern.

Prince Ferfried with his parents.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.

Born on 14 April 1943 at Schloß Umkirch, Prince Ferfried Maximilian Pius Meinrad Maria Hubert Michael Justinus of Hohenzollern was the seventh and youngest child of Fürst Friedrich of Hohenzollern (1891-1965) and Princess Margarethe of Saxony (1900-1962), who wed in 1920. Ferfried joined three older sisters and three older brothers: the twins Princess Benedikta (1921-2011; married Count Heinrich von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee) and Princess Maria Adelgunde (1921-2006; married 1st Prince Konstantin of Bavaria; married 2nd Werner Hess; married 3rd Hans Huber), Princess Maria Theresia (1922-2004), Fürst Friedrich Wilhelm (1924-2010; married Princess Margarita of Leiningen), Prince Franz Josef (1926-1996; married 1st Princess Maria Ferdnanda of Thurn and Taxis; married 2nd Princess Diane of Bourbon-Parma), and Prince Johann Georg (1932-2016; married Princess Birgitta of Sweden).

Prince Ferfried and Princess Angela on their wedding day, 1968.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Prince Ferfried and his second wife Eliane, 1985.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.

Prince Ferfried of Hohenzollern was married three times, each union was considered morganatic. On 21 September 1968 at Schloß Sigmaringen, the prince married Angela von Morgen (1942-2019). Ferfried and Angela had two daughters, Princess Valerie (b.1969; married Peter Brenske) and Princess Stephanie (b.1971; married 1st Count Hieronymus Wolff Metternich zur Gracht; married 2nd Martin Haag), before divorcing in 1973. In 1977, Prince Ferfried remarried to Eliane Etter (b.1947); the couple had two children, Princess Henriette (b.1978) and Prince Moritz (b.1980), after which the pair divorced in 1987. Lastly, and most notoriously, Prince Ferfried married model Maja Meinert (b.1971) in 1999 - the prince and mannequin divorced in 2007.

May the Prince Rest in Peace.

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