Maria Teresa, the Spanish princess of Bourbon-Parma, cousin of King Felipe IV of Spain, has become the first royal to die from coronavirus.
According to People, María Teresa, known as the ‘Red Princess’ for her outspoken views, died in Paris on Thursday, March 26.
The princess is a professor at Sorbonne University in Paris and at Complutense University in Madrid.
The princess was a loyal advocate of women’s rights throughout her life and has never been married.
Her brother Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez, announced on Facebook that she died after contracting COVID-19.
Along with a photo of the princess, the prince wrote: ‘S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón communicates that this Thursday, March 26, 2020, has passed away in Paris, at eighty-six years old, his sister Maria Teresa de Bourbon Parma and Bourbon Busset, victim of coronavirus COVID-19.’
The family held a memorial service in Madrid on March 27.
Other royals who tested positive for COVID-19 are Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Charles of Wales.