Prince Andrew of Greece, Education, Daughters, With whom he is married to? Net worth, Facts

February 28, 2019Prince Andrew of Greece, Education, Daughters, With whom he is married to? Net worth, Facts

Who is Prince Andrew?

As the fourth son and seventh overall child of the King of Greece, Prince Andrew of Greece was born in Athens, Greece, Denmark, to King George I. His mother was a Russian royal, Olga Constantinovna.

In the Early life of Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew was born on February 2, 1882, in the Royal Palace of Athens, in the family of the Greek royals, King George I and Queen Olga. He was the fourth heir to the throne and the seventh child in the family, so he was never taken seriously by the family. He took his lessons in European languages early in his life and when he was a teenager, he could speak German, Danish, French, and Russian, along with his mother tongue, Greek. He only spoke to his family members in Greek and showed signs of patriotism from early teenage years, and as he grew up, he aspired to serve the royal army.

He studied early in Athens, and while most of his siblings were mostly interested in another European history, Andrew concentrated his attention on studying Greek history. He was good in studies and showed a strong intellect and presence of mind. Andrew suffered from short-sightedness as a child, and the condition haunted him most of his life, but his achievements were never quite in the way.

In the Career of Prince Andrew

 Prince Andrew army by profession

Fig: Prince Andrew army by profession

Most of Prince Andrew's education took place in military schools and he focused on being part of it and, at the age of 19, he joined the Greek armed forces. Since the prince joined the military, there was no time when the political situation in the country was smooth and stable. In 1909, it was constantly plagued by ups and downs and the prince had to resign from military service, following an uprising against the royal family, of which Andrew was a part. But his presence was missed during the Balkan wars of 1912, and Prince Andrew was reinstated into the army, which saw him receive honors as a military man for his bravery. By then his father had died, and his elder brother, King Constantine, was on the throne, and he was considered a very weak king, which led to his abdication in the First World War in 1917. This strange turn of events hurt Andrew and his family, and they were forced into exile.

The political storm stabilized around 1920 and Constantine was named the King again, which led to some years of peace for the royal family. In the Greco-Turkish war, Andrew fought bravely for his country, but Greek was somehow on the verge of another political crisis, and this time it was serious. Greece lost the war in Asia Minor in 1922 and the entire royal Greek family faced court-martial, and Prince Andrew felt a danger to his life and his family. But the good relations he had with King George V of England had him fix an escape, and he left Greek with his family and settled and spent most of his remaining life in the outskirts of Paris.

Life in Exile & Later Years of Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew honestly served his time in the Greek army, but his exile was questioned by the international community, and his patriotism was so much questioned that he had to write a book entitled' Towards Disaster' in 1930. The book gave honest accounts of his experiences in the army and redeemed his position to some degree, but his personal life was at its worst in the 1930s. He became a loner; his daughters were married to German royalties, a country that most of Europe considered an enemy. His wife, Princess Alice, was institutionalized due to mental disorders that dragged Prince Andrew into depression. To make matters worse, there were no signs of an improvement in the situation in Greece, and he knew that his exile would be extended for a very long time. Andrew lived alone in a small apartment in the French Riviera. He missed his wife, but his married life was practically over, and then there were rumors that he was bisexual and the fact that the cause of his wife's mental instability was due to a lack of sexual pleasure hurt his married life even more.

Who is married to Prince Andrew? (About Daughter)

 Prince Andrew with his family

Fig: Prince Andrew with his family

Prince Andrew's personal life was traumatic at its best. He met and married Princess Alice of Battenberg in the early 1900s and for the first few years, Alice gave birth to four daughters- Princess Margarita, Princess Sophie, Princess Cecilie, and Princess Theodora. Years later in 1921, Alice gave birth to her son Philip. Prince Andrew has been mentioned by many sources as a bi-sexual, and this is said to be one of the reasons for the troubles in his marriage that have haunted him for the rest of his life since the late 20s. He loved and cared for his whole family, but never managed to see them while he was on his deathbed.

Death and Burial of Prince Andrew

In the Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo, Monaco he died, of heart failure and arteriosclerosis just as the war was ending. Andrew was at first buried in the Russian Orthodox church in Nice, but his remains were transferred in 1946, at Tatoi palace, by the Greek cruiser Aver of, to the royal cemetery, near Athens. Prince Philip and then-private secretary, Mike Parker, traveled to Monte Carlo to collect items belonging to his father from Countess Andrée de La Bigne; among these items: an ivory shaving  brush he took to using, and some clothes, a signet ring which the Prince wore from then onwards,  he had adapted to fit him. Prince Andrew left to his only son seven-tenths of his estate, But he left behind a debt of £ 17,500, which led Philip's maternal grandmother, Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven, to complain bitterly about the extravagance in which the Greek prince had been led by his French mistress.

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