Monday, March 9, 2015
Princess Tatiana Metternich: Five Passports in a Shifting World
Some years ago I read a lovely book, Five Passports in a Shifting World, the memoirs of Princes Tatiana Metternich (1915-2006)
Princess Tatiana was born in St. Petersburg, the second daughter of Hilarion Sergueïevitch Vassiltchikov and Princess Ldiya Vyazemskaya. She and her younger sister, Marie (1917-1978) known as Missie, became noted authors.
I wrote to Princess Tatiana to say how much I enjoyed her book. It remains one of the best royal memoirs ever written. Her sister wrote Berlin Diaries: 1940-1945, which provided an first hand account of the 1944 plot against Hitler. This is also a very fine book, and recommended for royal libraries.
Princess Tatiana was married in 1941 to Prince Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg (1917-1992.) Their marriage was childless.
Princess Missy married Peter Harnden, a US Army Captain, who worked in military intelligence, in 1946. They had four children: Marina, Anthony, Michael and Alexandra.
Posted by Marlene Eilers Koenig at 7:44 PM