Here’s a photograph from the April 29 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of the secret marriage of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s daughter.
Carmen Franco (1926-2017) married Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú, the 10th Marquis of Villaverde, so he did indeed have “monarchist ancestry”. He was not only a doctor, but a heart surgeon; in September 1968, he was the first Spanish doctor to perform a heart transplant. Unfortunately, the patient only lived for 24 hours after the surgery. The couple stayed married until his death in 1998, and had seven children.
In 2008, she collaborated on a book about her father, titled Franco, My Father; in it, she portrayed her father as a warm person who was “intelligent and moderate”, and his regime as “authoritarian but not totalitarian”. Needless to say, this caused some controversy, given that her father was responsible for the White Terror, which resulted in the deaths of between 100,000 and 200,000 people.
Something I just discovered, by the way: she and Joseph Stalin’s daughter were the same age. I wonder if they ever met?