Pedro Carlos de Orléans e Bragança has has just released an explosive book on the Brazilian Imperial family. D. Carlos belongs to a branch of the Brazilian Imperial family called Saxe Coburg Bragança, descendants of the second daughter of Emperor D. Pedro II, Princess Leopoldina.
The book is about the marriages of the daughters of the Emperor D Pedro II and the Empress D. Teresa Cristina ( née Teresa Maria Cristina di Borbone, Principessa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie), the young princesses Isabel and Leopoldina. Two young Princes and cousins were imported from Europe to marry them: the Count d'Eu (Gaston d'Orléans, the he first son of Louis, Duke of Nemours, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Koharyand – grandson of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French), and the Duke of Saxe (Ludwig August von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, son of August Ludwig Viktor, Prince von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld and Clémentine d'Orléans, Princess of France – also grandson of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French) . The Duke of Saxe was destined for older, the Crown Princess Isabel, Count d'Eu, and for the youngest, Princess Leopoldina, but the princesses ended up exchanging the princes.
This is old story/history, but what the book tells is that the Órleans (in a financial distress at that time), helped by the Countess of Barral (said to be lover of D. Pedro II), plotted in order do have Princess Isabel married to Count D’Eu.
The author, Dom Carlos Tasso, was helped in his research for the book by his cousin D. Pedro Carlos de Bourbon de Orléans e Bragança, of the Petrópolis branch of the family. D. Pedro is an unwilling pretender, but could be the Emperor of Brazil if his grandfather’s renouncement of the throne (due to unequal marriage) should be considered invalid.
The report about the book was made by Hildegard Angel (Rififi na Corte Imperial | Hildegard Angel
). who adds more spice to the whole thing. She says the grapevine comments that D. Carlos Tasso’s wife, Walburga Rosa Erzherzogin von Österreich (daughter of Georg Erzherzog von Österreich and Marie Valerie Gräfin von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg) was Dom Luíz Gastão de Orléans-Bragança’s old flame and that he might have become a bachelor because she preferred his cousin. Dom. Luíz Gastão, of the Vassouras branch is considered by most as the lawful pretenteder to the throne in Brazil.
I have just bought the book at: A intriga | Retrospecto de intricados acontecimentos históricos e suas consequências no Brasil Imperial - Editora Senac - São Paulo
Some info about the three cousins:
D. João VI (King of Portugal, Brazil & Algarves) => D. Pedro I (Emperor of Brazil and King of Portugal as Pedro IV) => D. Pedro II (Emperor of Brazil) => Leopoldina Teresa de Bragança e Bourbon (Princess of Brazil) => August Leopold Philipp Maria Michael Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha => Theresa Christiana Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha => Dom Carlos Tasso de Saxe-Coburgo e Braganca
D. João VI (King of Portugal, Brazil & Algarves) => D. Pedro I (Emperor of Brazil and King of Portugal as Pedro IV) => D. Pedro II (Emperor of Brazil) => Isabel de Bragança e Bourbon (Princess of Brazil – heir of the Throne) => Dom Luíz de Orléans e Bragança (second oldest son) => Dom Pedro Henrique de Orléans e Bragança (oldest son) => Dom Luíz Gastão de Orléans-Bragança (oldest son)
D. João VI (King of Portugal, Brazil & Algarves) => D. Pedro I (Emperor of Brazil and King of Portugal as Pedro IV) => D. Pedro II (Emperor of Brazil) => Isabel de Bragança e Bourbon (Crown Princess of Brazil) => Dom Pedro de Alcântara de Orléans e Bragança (oldest son) => D. Pedro de Alcântara Gastão de Orléans e Bragança (oldest son) => D. Pedro Carlos de Orléans e Bragança (oldest son).