Duchess Gives Up Fortune to Marry Commoner

Duchess of Alba hands children their inheritance early

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2011 11:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Spanish duchess who has more titles than any other noble on the planet is trading her fortune for marriage to a civil servant. María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 85, faced protests from her children and, reportedly, the king over her choice to marry social security worker Alfonso Díez. To quell their concerns, the duchess is giving her children their vast inheritance in advance—this on top of an agreement Díez had already made to make no claims on the duchess’s estate, the Guardian reports.

“Alfonso doesn't want anything. All he wants is me,” she says of the 61-year-old. The couple will sail off into the sunset minus a fortune worth somewhere between $850 million and $5 billion.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Alba watch a flamenco performance at the Flamenco Museum on April 1, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Alba watch a flamenco performance at the Flamenco Museum on April 1, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.   (Getty Images)
Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart and  Alfonso Diez attend the ELLE Awards' 25th Anniversary on June 30, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart and Alfonso Diez attend the ELLE Awards' 25th Anniversary on June 30, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.   (Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz, left, and Tom Cruise, right, pose with the Spanish Duchess of Alba during a photo-call for the world premiere of Knight and Day at in Seville, Spain.
Cameron Diaz, left, and Tom Cruise, right, pose with the Spanish Duchess of Alba during a photo-call for the world premiere of "Knight and Day" at in Seville, Spain.   (AP Photo/Toni Rodriguez)
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