So the woman who would have become his bride ended up the stepmother of the young Infante Don Carlos (who was only three years her junior).
I was wondering about other cases in European royal history where the would-be bride of a son ended up marrying his father instead.
Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, for instance, married a man over 40 years her senior -- becoming the second wife of a man almost old enough to be her grandfather. As it was, she could have married either of the two then-surviving sons if King Willem III of the Netherlands. However, she was never linked to either, romantically or dynastically. As it was, they acquired a stepmother younger than themselves. But I'm not sure if this examples counts.
What other royal sons had stepmothers younger than themselves?
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