Princess Charlotte of Prussia

Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Spouse Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
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(1860-07-24)
Died 1 October 1919(1919-10-01) (aged 59)
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
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Frederick III
   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
   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.


Early life

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.[1]

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.[1] The parties included senior aristocrats and court officials, who were allegedly later invited to experiment with different sexual positions.[1]

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.[1]


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.[citation needed]

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




  1. ^ a b c d Kate Connolly, Sex parties, bloody duels and blackmail: life at court of last German emperor, The Guardian, 2 September 2010.
  2. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4587. 19 June 1911. Retrieved 8 August 2010.


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Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Born: 24 July 1860 Died: 1 October 1919
German royalty
Title last held by
Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
25 June 1914 – 10 November 1918
Monarchy abolished
German revolution
Titles in pretence
None — TITULAR —
Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
10 November 1918 – 1 October 1919
Reason for succession failure:
Duchy abolished in 1918
Title next held by
Klara-Maria of Korff genannt Schmising-Kerssenbrock

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