Luxembourg prince pays tribute to estranged wife after fairytale sours

Luxembourg prince pays tribute to estranged wife after fairytale sours

‘A fairytale marriage soured’: Prince Louis of Luxembourg pays tribute to his estranged wife Princess Tessy as he is ordered to pay her £8,000 a year in child maintenance after bitter divorce battle

  • Prince Louis of Luxembourg said Princess Tessy undertook her role ‘with grace’ 
  • The royal said his estranged wife had served Luxembourg’s royal family well 
  • Judge has now ordered him to pay child maintenance of £4,000 a year per child

A European prince has praised his estranged wife for behaving ‘with grace’ as their ‘fairytale’ marriage broke down.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg today told a London divorce court judge that Princess Tessy, a former soldier, had undertaken her role ‘with grace’ and served Luxembourg’s royal family well.

The pair were embroiled in a battle over the division of money and property at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg said his estranged wife Princess Tessy (pictured together in 2012), had served Luxembourg’s royal family well

Prince Louis of Luxembourg is the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Mr Justice MacDonald had analysed evidence at a private hearing in London in October. 

The judge said at its heart the dispute was ‘simply a sad case’ involving a couple who were determined to marry for love and had been happy before their ‘fairytale’ soured.


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The prince is the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and now lives in Paris.

Princess Tessy, now a director at a non-governmental organisation she founded called Professors Without Borders, lives in London.


Princess Tessy and Prince Louis of Luxembourg with their sons Noah and Gabriel in 2014 (left) and when they got married in 2006 (right)

Princess Tessy was serving for the UN when she met Prince Louis, who was visiting the troops in Kosovo. They got married in September 2006, six months after the birth of their son, Gabriel.

Their second son Noah arrived within a year. But it was only two years later, that she was recognised as a member of the Royal family, which was granted by decree. 

When married, they had lived in the United States and London.

Their marriage broke down during the summer of 2016 and another judge granted a divorce decree – a decree nisi – in February 2017.

The couple (pictured at the Notre Dame Cathedral in 2007) began a relationship in 2004, married in 2006 and had two children

Their marriage broke down during the summer of 2016 and another judge granted a divorce decree – a decree nisi – in February 2017. The pair are pictured here at the wedding of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg in 2012

Mr Justice MacDonald said he had decided that Princess Tessy and the children could live in a property the couple had shared when married.

He said the prince would pay the princess ‘nominal’ maintenance and pay child maintenance of £4,000 a year per child.

The judge said he had examined ‘the relatively complex financial arrangements’ of the Luxembourg royal family during the trial.

He included in his ruling a statement the prince had made during the trial.

‘We married young and much has been expected from the applicant in her role as princess,’ the prince had told the judge.

‘She undertook that role with grace and represented my family well, for which I am grateful to her.’

Mr Justice MacDonald added: ‘At its heart, this is simply a sad case about a young couple who determined to marry for love despite the considerable challenges posed by the way in which history, tradition and chance had conspired to define their respective social status and to shape attitudes towards their marriage.

‘It is a case about a couple who thereafter, for a time, were happy together, before the fairytale soured.’

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