The time of a promotional tour, the Grand Duchess moved away from her palace. On the occasion of his 40 years of marriage with the Grand Duke Henri, Marie-Thérèse of Luxembourg returned to their love story in a book prepared with his friend Stéphane Bern. A book titled Sovereign love (editions Albin Michel), on which she confided in the magazine Point of view Accessed November 17, 2021.
This book, the Grand Duchess wanted it as a family album in which her children are of course on: the Crown Grand Duke Guillaume (40 years old), Prince Félix (37 years old), Prince Louis (35 years old), Princess Alexandra (30) and Prince Sébastien (29). Maria Teresa of Luxembourg then confides her regret at not having been present enough for them, monopolized by her official missions: “Of course, at times my children would have liked to see me and me more I would have liked to spend more time with them. I’m not because I had an official life, she explained to our colleagues. This need to prioritize is heartbreaking for women. “
An absence that her children do not have “never” reproach : “They are adorable, full of love and delicacy. They grew up realizing that we had done all we could for them, leading special and complicated lives. We talked a lot together. “The Grand Duchess remembers in particular a departure for a humanitarian trip to Burundi. Divided between the enthusiasm of this new mission and the guilt of having to leave her children again, it is finally her daughter Alexandra who pushed in the car throwing him: ‘Go mom, these kids are waiting for you. ‘“
Her children become adults, and parents in turn, Maria Teresa of Luxembourg allows herself more time for her. “For three or four years, I have taken time for myself, whether it is understood or not. I come to a point in my life when I am very happy not to care about the opinions around me“, she explains frankly, distilling in passing some lessons of life:”You have to feed yourself, it’s vital, to serve better and be more available. “A piece of advice that applies to the Grand Duchesses as well as to anyone!