I am sorry to be so late in replying to the very interesting comments from Manuel and José. I have to say that I find the late Duchess an intriguing but somewhat unsympathetic character. It seems that her daughter has had a similarly eventful romantic life. I had not known before that the children were so unhappy with their mother's choice of a second husband. I was, however, aware of their reaction to her third marriage, since it got quite a bit of international media coverage. So again, thank you for the insights.
The relation between Jesus Aguirre and Cayetana's children was well portrayed in the series on the Duchess' life (that did not include her 3rd husband)
Cayetana was pushed into her 1st wedding by her father at a time she was a well behaved woman and did what was expected of her.
Neither of her children had long lasting weddings.
In 1988, the current duke of Alba married Matilde de Solis y Matinez de Campos, the mother of his two sons, but the wedding ended in divorce and was declared null in 2004.
At a certain time he was dating one of Spain's richest women, Alicia de Koplowitz.
Son #2 Alfonso duke of Hijar, married Maria de Hohenlohe-Langenburg in 1977.
The couple also had 2 sons and divorced.
Son #3 Jacobo count of Siruela, married Maria Eugenia Fernandez de Castro in 1980, had a son and a daughter, and divorced.
He remarried a journalist, Inka Marti, no children
Son #4 Fernando, count of San Vicente del Barco (of paternity disputed) remains unmarried.
Son #5 Cayetano, count of Salvatierra, current duke of Arjona, the playboy of the family, once close to Infanta Elena with whom he shared love for horses and horse competition.
Married in 2005 with mexican model Genoveva Casanova with whom he had had two twins in 2001.
Divorced her in 2007.
Finally #6 Eugenia, duchess of Montoro, married in 1988 bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordoñez, and divorced in 2002.
She has a daughter Cayetana (b.1999).
Recently remarried to Narcis Rebollo, a music tycoon in Spain
Thank you, Manuel! Eugenia's face and posture in the wedding picture are certainly eloquent. I did remember that the marriage caused a scandal in Spain, but did not know these details. I had the impression that the Duchess's first marriage was an arranged one. Do you know if that was the case? I have read that the current Duke of Alba was very close to his father, and was devastated at his death. His own marriage seems to have been a very sad affair, and I know that Eugenia's did not last very long. Did any of the Duchess's children make lasting marriages? Did they have a good relationship with their mother? I don't get the sense that they did, but again, I don't read Spanish (I must learn to do so...I had many years of French and Latin, so I can already make out a bit.) I did manage to read between the lines of the N&R story where Princess Irene was concerned, and guessed that the family (as you say, specifically the King) got her away from Aguirre.
Here I am, Catherine. Fortunately, I read Spanish and French.
The story is not "breaking news". What the story on N&R tells has been commented in the Spanish press and in books for years. So, nothing new. The news is the comment by Eugenia, Duchess of Montoro, on a TV show. N&R summarises very well the story and what she told on that show. After her comments, her brother Cayetano supported her, while the rest have not made comments. Her former sister-in-law spoke to a TV gossip programme and confirmed the facts. Several articles in press and hours on TV to discuss about it. Most journalists have supported Eugenia and her comments. Only one defended Aguirre: Jaime Peñafiel.
But TV and press went forward and also commented other aspects of Jesus Aguirre, mainly his sexual life. It seems his sexual orientation was not a secret.
About Jesus and Princess Irene, it is nothing new, either. Jesus was a social climber, let's say. He was the son of a single mother, very intelligent, yes. He tried to seduce Princess Irene. It is said that King Juan Carlos told him to stay far from her. Then he got another prey, the Duchess of Alba. The marriage was a scandal, at that time.
The eldest sons of the Duchess did not "suffer" him. They were already adults when their mother married Jesus. Cayetano and Eugenia, on the contrary, were very young. So, they have different perspectives.
I hope this post has been informative. If you want some more details, just ask.
I read French, but not Spanish, and I am interested in hearing what Spanish posters on this board (Manuel?) think about this story on Noblesse & Royautes: http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/jesus-aguirre-duc-dalbe-1934-2011-lorsque-les-langues-se-delient/
. The gist of the story is that, shortly after the fourth anniversary of the death of the Duchess of Alba, several of her children broke silence to express their intense dislike of their mother's second husband, Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarazate. They accuse him of being (among other things) mean, domineering and manipulative, and of making them feel they should be grateful to him for having saved their family fortunes through good management. Some commenters on the site responded that the six children of the Duchess showed at the time of her third marriage that they cared primarily for their inheritances, not for their mother. Another interesting point made in the article is that the late Duke was close to Princess Irene of Greece before he met and married the Duchess. I'm curious how this story was received in Spain. Thanks in advance for any feedback from our posters there.