Mehmed Orhan

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Mehmed Orhan
Head of the House of Osman
Term9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
PredecessorAli Vâsib
SuccessorErtuğrul Osman
Born(1909-07-11)11 July 1909
Naime Sultan Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died12 March 1994(1994-03-12) (aged 84)
Nice, France
SpouseNafiye Yeghen
Marguerite Irma Fournier
IssueFatma Necla Sultan
Mehmed Selim Orhan (adopted)
HouseImperial House of Osman
FatherŞehzade Mehmed Abdülkadir
MotherMihriban Hanım

Mehmed Orhan (Ottoman Turkish محمد اورخان; 11 July 1909 – 12 March 1994[1]) was the 42nd head of the Ottoman dynasty from 1983 to 1994. He succeeded as head of the Ottoman dynasty on 9 December 1983, following the death of Ali Vâsib. If reigning, he would have been styled as Grand Sultan Orhan II.


He was born at Serencebey Palace or at Kızıltoprak, Asia Minor or according to Hamide Ayşe Sultan in Naime Sultan Palace. He was the son of Prince Şehzade Mehmed Abdülkadir, Captain of the Ottoman Army, by his third wife Mihriban Hanım and grandson of Abdul Hamid II by his fourth wife Empress Bidar Kadın.

Mehmed Orhan worked as a shipbuilder in Brazil, a taxi driver in Beirut and Damascus, a cemetery attendant in USA and an aide to King Zog of Albania. He died in Nice and was buried there.

In a 1990 feature in Life magazine, he said his legacy is "both sacred and laughable," and said, "To be Ottoman is to know how to breathe with time."[2]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Mehmed Orhan first married Nafiye Yeghen (Cairo, 1913 – ?) in January 1933, annulled in 1947. In 1944, he married a young pregnant French American Actress Marguerite Irma Fournier in Paris. He had a daughter by his first wife and a stepson and adopted son by his second wife:

  • Fatma Necla Sultan (born 14 September 1933, Cairo – 2010, Zurich) married twice and had two sons.
  • Mehmed Selim Orhan (born 3 October 1943, Paris), stepson and adopted son of a morganatic marriage

External Links[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Kings in the Wings." Life. March 1990: 45.
Mehmed Orhan
Born: July 11 1909 Died: March 12 1994
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ali Vâsib
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1922
Succeeded by
Ertuğrul Osman