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Re: Prince Andrew Romanoff (1923-2021)
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Nearly all the children of the post-Empire unequal marriages were granted the title HSH Prince/ss Romanovsky-something. Prince/ss Romanoff is an abrieviated version of that which the family has decided to be known by.
In any event, since the Empire no longer exists, it is merely a social convention at this point. Also all of these people currently living were born outside of Russia, so their surname would be dictated by the state in which they were born. All have chosen Romanoff as a surname. Some the pre-Revolution members had different versions, but they are all dead now.
As for the younger Mr. Mathew being called a prince on that silly reality show, it was a so-called reality show, which typically have precious little to do with reality.
Im always surprised by the style Prince(ss) Romanoff. Is it a formal title that any other realm has officially accepted? In the Russian tradition the title never existed and all non-dynastic offspring of Russian Grand Dukes or Russian Princes would not have received the family name Romanov. Romonavsky-xxx was used but that is another matter. Neither would they have been styled as Prince or Princess. Olga also had a son with her English husband who participated at a TV show as a prince when even iunder UK law he is not. Very similar to the adopted son of a late prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. Max-Mario decided as adult that using the link to his mother's husband and his stepfather (they married when he was a grown up) was more lucrative than honouring the family name of his mother who raised him by herself as a single mother and made career and fortune of herself.
Prince Andrew Romanoff was a grandnephew of Tsar Nicholas II, being a grandson of Grand Duke Alexander and Grand Duchess Xenia (Nicky's sister). He died yesterday in California, where he had lived for several decades.
He was the 3rd child of HH Prince Andrei of Russia & Donna Elisabetta Ruffo. Had his parents' marriage not be unequal, he would have been Head of the Imperial House.
He is survived by his wife, Inez, his 3 sons, Alex, Peter, and Andrew, a granddaughter, Natasha (Andrew Jr's daughter), and a half-sister, Princess Olga Romanoff, who is currently President of the Romanoff Family Association.