Princesses Maria Teresa de Borbon-Parma – the cousin of King Filipe IV of Spain – became the first member of a royal family to die as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus. Princess Maria died March 26 in Paris at the age of 86.

The Duke of Aranjuez, Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon made the announcement on social media.

A professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Complutense University in Madrid; she was known for her progressive views including women’s rights; which earned her the name, the Red Princess.

Her interest in women’s rights also led her to study Islam.

Princess Maria Teresa was born in 1933 and educated in France.

A memorial mass was held for the Princess in Madrid on Friday.

Prince Charles – the Duke of Wales – from England has and Prince Albert of Monaco have also tested positive for the virus. Both report that they are doing well.


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