1894 - Yes, date unknown
Has 2 ancestors and 7 descendants in this family tree.
||Antenor Patiño y Rodriguez |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||12 Oct 1894
||Yes, date unknown
||20 Aug 2006 |
||Duquesa Maria Cristina de Borbón y Bosch-Labrús, b. 15 May 1913, Madrid, España , d. 28 Jul 2002 (Age 89 years) |
||8 Apr 1931
||10 Dec 1959
|+||1. Duquesa Albina Christina Laetitia Patiño y de Borbón, b. 2 Aug 1932, Paris, Île-de-France, Fr , d. Yes, date unknown|
|+||2. Isabel Patiño y de Borbón, b. 3 Jun 1935, Paris, Île-de-France, Fr , d. 15 May 1954, Neuilly sur Seine (Age 18 years)|
||20 Aug 2006 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Tiny, shy and rather ineffectual, his father arranged his marriage to Maria Christina de Borbón y Bosch La Brus, a sixteen-year- old relative of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. In due course his strong-willed wife became Duchess of Durcal and hated him. Nevertheless they became the parents of two daughters.
In the spring of 1940 his wife hit the headlines when she was voted by the fashion designers of Paris as the world's best dressed woman, the Duchess of Windsor coming second. Antenor pretended to be pleased but resented her extravagance. In 1944 she left him to go to America, arranging an immediate settlement of half a million dollars, confirmed by a New York court, with another half million to be paid by 1951, or before then if Señor Patino should be unfaithful. In 1945 Antenor started legal proceedings to cancel the agreement and arrange a divorce. For more than twenty years the actions would rage through the courts of France, the United States, Bolivia, Spain and Mexico when Antenor moved there.
The Duchess of Durcal even arranged to have him arrested when he arrived in New York, alleging that he was late with his maintenance payments. He was taken from his plane at Idlewild to spend a night in jail. Since 1947 Antenor had sought solace with the Countess di Rovasenda, whom he would later marry when he thought he was legally divorced, only to find himself involved with another battery of legal actions from the Duchess, who slapped a writ on him, charging him 'with living in a state of concubinage in the marital home'. She insisted that divorce was impossible because she was Catholic, and would only become possible if she was given half his fortune.
In 1947 Antenor had inherited a reputed $200 million from his father and, in 1952, a left-wing government took power in Bolivia, seizing what remaining assets he had there. However, the family fortune had been based overseas for several decades and Antenor lived in a huge house on the Avenue Foch, one of half a dozen he owned.
Also in 1952, Antenor and the Duchess suspended hostilities in the courts for a more pressing activity: they had to find husbands for their two daughters, Christina and Isabel. The two girls were rich, heirs to the Patino fortune, had royal blood and were more than pretty. Christina had ideas of her own; she fell in love with an American and, when Antenor refused permission to marry, ran off with him to Madrid. But wealth had great power and Antenor managed to have her brought back to Paris.
Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon, known to Antenor from before the Second World War, was aristocratic but also impoverished. He was a director of a small travel agency in Paris and manager of another firm, but he earned nowhere near enough for the upkeep of his estate, the Château d'Haroué near Nancy, which was in much need of repair. Marc proposed to marry Isabel but Antenor disapproved, not because of his financial status but because of Isabel's age. Prince Marc then shifted his attention to Christina and, at the end of 1952, they were married in a ceremony to which half of the royal families of Europe were invited.