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María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco

Coat of Arms for the Duchy of Franco
Born February 26, 1951 (1951-02-26) (age 58)
Madrid, Spain
Spouse(s) (1972-1979) Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz
(1984-1995) Jean Marie Rossi
(2006-) José Campos
Children Francisco de Bourbon(1972-1984)
Luis Alfonso, Duke of Anjou (b.1974)
Cynthia Rossi (b.1985)
Parents Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú (1922-1998)
Carmen Franco y Polo (b.1926)

María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco (born 26 February 1951 in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish aristocrat and social figure. Under current Spanish law she is heir to her mothers Dukedom.


Birth and youth

She was born in the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid and is the daughter of Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú, the 10th Marquess of Villaverde, and Carmen Franco y Polo, 1st Duchess of Franco Grandee of Spain. Her maternal grandparents were Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish Head of State and Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdès, 1st Lady of Meirás Grandee of Spain. Her paternal grandparents were José María Martínez y Ortega (1890-1970) and María de la O Bordiú y Bascarán, 7th Countess of Argillo (1896-1980). When Carmen was born in the Palacio del Pardo, the ancient palace of the Spanish Royal Family, she was the first grandchild of General Franco. The palace was their family residence from 1940 when the Spanish Civil War ended and Gen. Franco became the Spanish Head of State. She was the favorite grandchild, even though she had 6 other siblings: María de la O (Mariola), Francisco (Francis), María del Mar (Merry), José Cristóbal, María de Aránzazu (Arantxa) and Jaime.

First marriage

Carmen was married on 8 March 1972 in the Chapel of the Palace of El Pardo in Madrid when she was 21 years old with Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, son of Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia and grandson of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Franco named Alfonso the Duke of Cadiz and made him a Royal Highness, making Carmen a princess. Eight months after the wedding, on 22 November 1972, they had their first child, Francisco. In April 1974, they had their second son, Luis Alfonso, Duke of Anjou. Gen. Franco died on 20 November 1975 and the family lost their political power. Alfonso and Carmen separated in 1979, received a civil divorce 1982 and an annulment in 1986. Alfonso was given custody of their sons.

Second marriage and family tragedies

After separating from Alfonso, Carmen lived with a Frenchman of Italian descent, Jean-Marie Rossi (b. Paris, 18 November 1930, 20 years her senior), divorced from Barbara Hottinger, by whom he had twin daughters Mathilda and Marella in 1971 and a son Frederick, and in Rueil-Malmaison on 11 December 1984 she married him civilly. That year was terrible for the pair. In February, Carmen's son, Francisco, died in car accident; a little later Rossi's daughter, Mathilda, died in a boating accident. Carmen then had her last child, María Cynthia Francisca Rossi, in Paris on 28 April 1985.

In January 1989, her first husband died in a skiing accident in Colorado and Carmen became involved in another losing child custody fight over her son, Luis Alfonso, with her former mother-in-law. She and second husband Rossi separated in 1994 and divorced in 1995. She then lived with an Italian, Robert Federici, but the relationship ended in 2004. Rossi married a third time to Marie Grimaux, without issue.

Third marriage and first grandchild

On 18 June or 8 July 2006 in Cazalla de la Sierra, Seville, she married a third time to a Spaniard, José Campos (born in Santander, 13 years her junior). She became a grandmother on 6 March 2007 with the birth of granddaughter Eugenia. In 2006, she was a contestant on "Mira quién baila!" the Spanish version of "Strictly Come Dancing".


  • Hola magazine website article (Spanish)
  • 20 Minutos article (Spanish)
  • José Apezarena, Luis Alfonso de Borbón: Un príncipe a la espera, Plaza & Janés, 2007. (Spanish)
  • Barrientos, Paloma (2006). Carmen Martínez-Bordiú : a mi manera. Madrid: Ediciones B. pp. 285, [14] p. : il. ; 23 cm.. ISBN 9788466629829. OCLC 85893891.   (Spanish)
  • Barrientos, Paloma (1994). Carmen Rossi : "la nieta" : biografía. Primer plano.. Barcelona: Ediciones B. pp. 204 p. 24 cm.. ISBN 8440647468. OCLC 434241356.   (Spanish)
  • Marc Dem, Le duc d'Anjou m'a dit - La vie de l'aîné des Bourbons, Perrin, Paris, 1989. ISBN 226200725X (French)
  • Zavala, José M. (José María) (2008). El Borbón non grato : la vida silenciada y la muerte violenta del duque de Cadiz. Barcelona: Altera. pp. 438 p., [32] p. of plates : col. ill., facsims. ; 25 cm.. ISBN 9788496840386.   (Spanish)
  • Peñafiel, Jaime. La nieta y el General : tres bodas y un funeral. Madrid: EdicionesTemas de Hoy. pp. 255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.. ISBN 9788484606093.   (Spanish)

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María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco
Born: 26 February 1951
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Emmanuelle de Dampierre
Legitimist Queen Consort of France and of Navarre
March 20, 1975 – 1986
(ended with annulment following divorce)
Title next held by
María Margarita de Vargas y Santaella


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