- Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Princess Charlotte of Prussia Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen Spouse Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen Issue Princess Feodora Full name Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste Charlotte House House of Saxe-Meiningen
House of Hohenzollern
Father Frederick III, German Emperor Mother Victoria, Princess Royal Born 24 July 1860
Died 1 October 1919(aged 59)
Prussian Royalty House of Hohenzollern Frederick III Children Wilhelm II Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen Prince Henry Prince Sigismund Princess Viktoria Prince Waldemar Sophia, Queen of the Hellenes Margaret, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel Grandchildren Prince Waldemar Prince Sigismund Prince Heinrich Great Grandchildren Princess Barbara Prince Alfred
Princess Charlotte of Prussia (Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste Charlotte), Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen (24 July 1860 Potsdam, Germany – 1 October 1919 Baden-Baden, Germany) was the second child born to Prince Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Victoria. Through her mother, Charlotte was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
At an early age Charlotte displayed a nervous and agitated personality, frequently biting her nails and tearing at her clothes. Queen Victoria once wrote to her daughter, “tell Charlotte I was appalled to hear of her biting her things. Grandmamma does not like naughty girls”. Charlotte was punished for this by having her pockets sewn up or being made to stand with her hands tied behind her back in the corner, these measures did little good as she soon went back to her old ways. This, in addition to her indifference to her studies, saddened her mother. She was well loved by her paternal grandparents King Wilhelm I and Queen Augusta, and she grew close to her older brother Wilhelm II.
Jagdschloss Grunewald orgies
In September 2010, the German magazine Der Spiegel published new research by Berlin historian Wolfgang Wippermann, which suggests that Charlotte hosted sex parties to entrap aristocratic rivals.
Wippermann claims to have discovered 246 letters from 1891 which discuss in detail swinger-style parties held in a hunting lodge called Jagdschloss Grunewald, west of Berlin. The parties included senior aristocrats and court officials, who were allegedly later invited to experiment with different sexual positions.
A series of letters written by an anonymous source about these parties resulted in several duels. Wipperman believes that the letters were written by Charlotte herself, who first invited the guests to the parties, and the illustrations and descriptions of the sexual experiments themselves and their participants.
In 1876, Charlotte became engaged to her second cousin Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen, and they were married in Berlin on 18 February 1878. The couple had one daughter, Feodora, who was born on 12 May 1879. Following Feodora's birth, Charlotte retreated from family life in favor of the society life in Berlin. Feodora fell under the care of nannies and other servants when not visiting her grandmother in Berlin or at her country estate, Friedrichshof. Charlotte subscribed to the conservative political views of her elder brother and Chancellor Bismarck, leading to further discord with her mother, who favored liberal policy.
In 1914, Prince Bernhard inherited his father's dukedom to become Duke Bernhard III of Saxe-Meiningen. Although now elevated to the rank of duchess, her tenure was to be short, as Bernhard abdicated at the end of World War I. By this time, Charlotte, long plagued by ill health, was dying, finally succumbing to her illnesses on 1 October 1919 at age fifty-nine.
Recent medical research
Recent medical tests performed on her remains and those of her daughter Feodora, who committed suicide in 1945 after a lifetime of ill-health, have revealed that both probably suffered from porphyria, a genetic disorder that is thought to have affected Charlotte's great-great-grandfather George III of the United Kingdom.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 24 July 1860 – 18 February 1878: Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Prussia
- 18 February 1878 – 25 June 1914: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen
- 25 June 1914 – 1 October 1919: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
- ^ a b c d Kate Connolly, Sex parties, bloody duels and blackmail: life at court of last German emperor, The Guardian, 2 September 2010.
- ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4587. 19 June 1911. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
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- Van der Kiste, John. Kaiser Wilhelm II.
- preussen.de. Prinzessin Charlotte von Preußen
- The Guardian. Sex parties, bloody duels and blackmail: life at court of last German emperor
External linksPrincess Charlotte of PrussiaBorn: 24 July 1860 Died: 1 October 1919
German royalty VacantTitle last held byFeodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
25 June 1914 – 10 November 1918
Titles in pretence None — TITULAR —
Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
10 November 1918 – 1 October 1919
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy abolished in 1918
VacantTitle next held byKlara-Maria of Korff genannt Schmising-Kerssenbrock Prussian princesses by birth The generations indicate descent from Frederick I, the first King of Prussia. 1st GenerationLuise Dorothea, Hereditary Princess of Hesse-Kassel 2nd GenerationWilhemine, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth • Friederike Luise, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach • Philippine Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel • Sophia Dorothea, Margravine of Brandenburg-Schwedt • Louisa Ulrika, Queen of Sweden • Princess Anna Amalia, Abbess of Quedlinburg 3rd GenerationWilhelmine, Princess of Orange • Louise, Princess Antoni Radziwiłł 4th GenerationFrederica, Duchess of York and Albany • Wilhelmine, Queen of the Netherlands • Augusta, Electress of Hesse 5th GenerationCharlotte, Empress of Russia • Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin • Louise, Princess Frederick of the Netherlands • Frederica, Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau • Elizabeth, Princess Karl of Hesse and by Rhine • Marie, Queen of Bavaria 6th GenerationLouise, Grand Duchess of Baden • Louise, Landgravine of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfel • Anna, Landgravine of Hesse-Cassel • Charlotte, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen • Alexandrine, Duchess William of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 7th GenerationCharlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen • Viktoria, Princess Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe • Sophia, Queen of the Hellenes • Margaret, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel • Marie, Princess of the Netherlands and Saxe-Altenburg • Elisabeth Anna, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg • Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn 8th GenerationViktoria Luise, Duchess of Brunswick • Viktoria Margaret, Princess Heinrich XXXIII Reuss of Köstritz • Princess Marie Therese • Princess Luise Henriette • Marianne, Princess Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld • Princess Elisabeth 9th GenerationPrincess Alexandrine Irene • Princess Cecilie Viktoria • Princess Victoria Marina • Herzeleide, Princess Karl Biron of Courland • Barbara, Duchess Christian Louis of Mecklenburg • Princess Louise Viktoria, Mrs. Hans Reinhold 10th GenerationPrincess Felicitas • Princess Christa • Marie Cécile, Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg • Princess Kira, Mrs. Thomas Frank Liepsner • Princess Xenia, Mrs. Per-Edvard Lithander • Anastasia Victoria, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg • Princess Marie Christine • Princess Victoria Marina, Mrs. Philippe Alphonse Achache • Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro • Princess Marie Louise, Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau • Princess Alexandra Maria • Princess Désirée Anastasia 11th GenerationPrincess Viktoria Luise • Princess Micaela • Princess Nataly • Princess Cornelie-Cécile • Princess Irina MariaCategories:
- 1860 births
- 1919 deaths
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- Ladies of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert
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- Princesses of Saxe-Meiningen
- People from Potsdam
- Dames of the Order of Louise
- Prussian princesses
- Duchesses of Saxe-Meiningen
- Companions of the Order of the Crown of India
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