Prince Karl of Leiningen

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Prince Karl
Born(1928-01-02)2 January 1928
Coburg, Germany
Died28 September 1990(1990-09-28) (aged 62)
Vered Hagalil, Israel
(m. 1957; div. 1968)
IssuePrince Boris
Prince Hermann Friedrich
Karl Vladimir Ernst Heinrich
FatherKarl, 6th Prince of Leiningen
MotherGrand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia

Prince Karl Vladimir Ernst Heinrich of Leiningen (2 January 1928 – 28 September 1990) was the younger son of Karl, 6th Prince of Leiningen (1898–1946) and Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia.[1] Maria was the daughter of Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Cyril Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia. As such, Karl was a great-great-grandson of both Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Emperor Alexander II of Russia (as Victoria Melita and Cyril Vladimirovich were both grandchildren of Alexander II).



Born in Coburg, Germany,[2] as a young man, he worked mainly as a salesman in Paris.[2] With his wife, Karl resolved to take up a business career in Toronto.[3] Eventually he became an executive in a brokerage firm.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Karl met Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria in Madrid, where she was living with her mother.[2] She was the only daughter of Boris III of Bulgaria by his wife Princess Giovanna of Italy. Karl announced his engagement to Marie Louise in December 1956.[2] They married in a quiet civil ceremony in Amorbach on 14 February 1957.[2][4] Amorbach had been the residence of the House of Leiningen since 1803, and the town's streets were lined with hundreds of cheering spectators; Karl's family owns huge estates in South Germany, and was considered to be one of the wealthiest of Germany's noble families.[2] As of 1957, his family's fortune was valued at $1.5 billion.[2] The couple also married in a Greek Orthodox religious ceremony in Cannes on 20 February 1957.[4]

After the couple's wedding, they lived in Madrid until June 1958.[3] Karl traveled to Canada early in their marriage, and the couple decided to settle there.[3] The marriage produced two sons:

  • Prince Boris (Karl Boris Frank Markwart) of Leiningen (17 April 1960); married Millena Manov on 14 February 1987 and they were divorced in 1996. They have one son. He remarried Cheryl Riegler on 11 September 1998. They had two children.[1]
  • Prince Hermann Friedrich of Leiningen (16 April 1963) he married Deborah Cully on 16 May 1987. They have three daughters.[1]

The marriage was unhappy, and Karl and Marie Louise divorced on 4 December 1968.[5] Later in life, Carl reminisced, "Princes are expected to marry princesses, so I married Maria-Luisa, the daughter of Bulgarian ex-King Boris III".[5] After the divorce, Marie Louise and their two sons moved to the United States, where they attended a military academy.

Later life[edit]

Karl eventually became a naturalized Canadian citizen.[5] He later moved to Zürich. Persuaded by some Jewish friends to visit Israel, Karl eventually found a job through the help of new-found Israeli friends. He subsequently moved there, rarely leaving except for short visits with his family. He lived in Israel until his death on 28 September 1990 in Vered Hagalil.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 699, 703. (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Royalty Glitters at Wedding Rite", The Washington Post and Times Herald, Amorbach, 16 February 1957
  3. ^ a b c "Two Royal Immigrants", The New York Times, Halifax, 15 June 1958
  4. ^ a b "Bulgarian Princess Wed", The New York Times, Amorbach, Germany, 14 February 1957
  5. ^ a b c d Mass, Haim (12 October 1990), "The Prince Who Lived in Galilee", The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem