Anita of Braganza
|Anita de Braganza|
Anita Stewart, Princess Miguel de Braganza
|Born||Anita Rhinelander Stewart
August 7, 1886
Elberon, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||September 15, 1977
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Residence||New York City
Newport, Rhode Island
|Other names||Princess Miguel of Braganza
Anita Stewart Morris
|Known for||Wife of the eldest son of Miguel, Duke of Braganza|
|Title||Princess Miguel of Braganza, Duchess of Viseu|
|Spouse(s)||Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu
(m. 1909; d. 1923)
Lewis Gouverneur Morris
|Children||John de Braganza
Miguel de Braganza
Nadejda de Braganza
William Rhinelander Stewart Sr.
Anita Stewart Morris (August 7, 1886, Elberon, New Jersey – September 15, 1977), also known as Princess Miguel of Braganza, Duchess of Viseu, was an American socialite and heiress who married Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, grandson of King Miguel I of Portugal, and the eldest son of Dom Miguel, Duke of Braganza, who was Miguelist claimant to the throne of Portugal from 1866 to 1920.
Anita Rhinelander Stewart was born to Annie McKee Armstrong and William Rhinelander Stewart. The princess had one sibling, William Rhinelander Stewart, Jr. After her parents divorced in August 1906, her mother married the millionaire James Henry Smith. Smith died in Japan in 1907 while on their honeymoon. Annie McKee Armstrong Stewart Smith then married Jean de Saint Cyr on 25 April 1915.
Stewart married Dom Miguel of Braganza, Infante of Portugal, Duke of Viseu, in Dingwall Castle, Scotland, on September 15, 1909; she had been created Princess of Braganza by the Emperor of Austria the day before. Out of this union, three children were born:
- Nadejda de Braganza
- Miguel de Braganza
- John de Braganza
All of them used the title Prince or Princess until 1920, when their parents' marriage was deemed to be in contravention of royal law.
Dom Miguel, Duke of Viseu, died in 1923, after which the Princess moved to New York City. In order to regain her American citizenship, she had to renounce her royal title. However, society continued to refer to her with her regal title.
Anita de Braganza married Lewis Gouverneur Morris in New York City in 1946. After that, she continued to operate a photography studio in Manhattan and spend time at Malbone their Gothic Revival estate in Newport, Rhode Island.
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- Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval, The Nobilities of Europe (London, 1910) page 237
- "MISS DE BRAGANZA MARRIED IN ITALY; Daughter of Princess Miguel de Braganza Wed Vadim Dorozynski in Capri Aug. 16. BRIDE STUDIED FOR STAGE; Newport Debutante of 1928 is a Granddaughter of the Late William Rhinelander Stewart.". New York Times. September 3, 1930. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- "SCHOOL IN NEWPORT HOLDS GRADUATION; Colonists Attend St. George Exercises as 29 Students Receive Their Diplomas.". New York Times. June 16, 1933. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- "Anita Stewart Morris, 91, Dies; Heiress Wed a European Prince.". New York Times. September 16, 1977. Retrieved 2009-02-20.