Originally Posted by Somebody
While it's sad, I am a bit surprised that the court made an official announcement about the death of the Grand Duchess' uncle (not her parents or siblings but uncle). Are there other royal families who would officially announce such news? …
It is a human interest story given that Victor Batista Falla died early on of COVID-19. Victor returned to Cuba from Spain at age 87 after 60 years of exile. I wonder what motivated him to visit after so many years? (Remember, Maria Teresa first went back in 2002.) Cuba would be a bad place to be during COVID-19 given shortages of soap and water.
Victor also was a noted philanthropist and a familiar face to those who follow the Luxembourg royals. As an example, he is shown in the group photos at Prince Felix’s wedding in 2013. Since Maria Teresa's parents died so many years ago, Victor filled in as a senior member of her family.
From Point de Vue, July 5 2006
PdV: What has been the most difficult moment since your marriage?
Maria Teresa: The death of my parents. My mother died in 1988, et my father died in 1993. I was still too young to truly be prepared for their departure, and it left a great void. Fortunately, my husband was very supportive and helped me a great deal. When in need of counsel, I can count on my uncles and aunts, and also friends of my parents. And not to be forgotten, my father-in-law, who I greatly admire and for whom I have great affection.