Princess Marina Sturdza has died in New York, after a long battle with illness. The name she bore is one of resonance in the history of our country and, at the same time, the reason why she was surreptitiously taken out of Romania when she was three years old, her family fleeing from communism.
She last came to Romania in April this year, when she welcomed Prince Charles.
Princess Marina Sturdza has died, journalist Marilena Rotaru informed in a message posted on her Facebook page. Descendent of an important noble family, Princess Marina Sturdza’s life was the stuff of movies: she lived in exile, was, in turn, a journalist, the vice president of one of the most renowned fashion houses in the world, UNICEF director, and she also carried out an impressive charitable activity.
Princess Marina Sturdza lived in modest conditions, in Canada, but received an education fit for a princess. She graduated from Belle Arte and became a fashion journalist, knowing and befriending some of the emblematic figures of the 20th Century: Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta.
She ended up working closely with Oscar de la Renta, becoming vice president of his company, moving from Canada to New York as a result. She wanted to do more for the people around and she thus ended up in Geneva, holding a global position at UNICEF. There she discovered her charitable vocation, which she fully exercised once she returned to Romania after 1990.
Princess Sturdza was active in numerous charitable projects, the best known being The Hospices of Hope, a palliative treatment centre for incurable or chronic patients, as well as Hope and Homes for Children (HHC), an NGO that planned to take abandoned or orphan children out from institutions and integrate them in family homes.