If the Spanish Duchess of Alba teaches us anything, it's that you can find love at any age. At 85, the twice-married—let's take a deep breath!—Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva will give away her millions to marry Alfonso Diez, a civil servant 24 years her junior. She's giving the fortune to her children simply to prove to them that the love is genuine and Diez is no gold digger.
The duchess' net worth is estimated to fall between $850 million and $5 billion, but it seems as though the approval of her children is priceless.
All six of the duchess' children are against their mother remarrying, and they've long suspected Diez was just after her money. The couple, who met decades ago when she was still married to her second husband, have been dating for three years, and the duchess denies any suggestion that Diez is just in it for the millions. She also makes it a point to note that all her children have been divorced. 7 Signs He's Dating You For Your Money
She told COPE Radio, "Alfonso does not want anything. He has renounced everything. All he wants is me." Awww.
But although Diez isn't getting any money, the duchess had to "sweeten the deal" a bit to convince her children that she's made the right decision. According to the Guardian, the duchess took her children and eight grandchildren to a notary in Madrid last month to register for palaces, castles and other properties. It is, more a less, an advance on the fortune they will receive upon her death. Time To Stop Panicking: Most Married People Are Deeply In Love
The children are skeptical: "If in the end my mother decides to marry, we shall go, although we still don't agree," her son Cayetano told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
What would you give away to marry your true love?
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