When Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco came to the world on a day like today 70 years ago, Spain was living under the dictatorship of their grandfather. His first photos, which made the front pages of the media, were in black and white, the colors that dominated the life of a country marked by a Civil War. First the wedding of his mother, Carmen Franco, with the Marquis de Villaverde and then his birth were events presented as signs of a new time, such as the beginning of a new dynasty that had come to stay and perpetuate itself in power. It was not by chance that the nickname of the most granddaughter was soon coined for her.
Carmen was the favorite of her grandmother Carmen Polo, who designed the education of a princess for her. But she always liked to skip the rules. He had forbidden loves and others frowned upon. The first was Jaime Rivera, with whom he made wedding plans that were truncated because the rider did not like him in El Pardo. So her family set out to find her a boyfriend according to the hopes placed on her. Juan Carlos de Borbón aspired to the throne of Spain in the midst of the dictatorship and for this he followed Franco's guidelines with the consequent criticism of the monarchists who supported his father, the Count of Barcelona. But there was another Bourbon available, Alfonso, Juan Carlos's cousin. The web that was woven around the nietísima and Alfonso de Borbón worked. The couple were married in a wedding proper to a member of the royal family, although no royal household attended. At that time the news of a second way to restore the monarchy in Spain was incessant and in it Alfonso de Borbón was placed at the head.
Even Salvador Dalí added to the congratulations towards the new marriage by painting a picture that, they say, scared away the dictator because of how explicit he was with his granddaughter's physique. Two children and seven years later Carmen Polo's dream disappeared. His princess went to Paris to live with Jean Marie Rossi, a divorced antiquarian and 22 years her senior. Carmen Martínez-Bordiú was repudiated even by her own and lost rights over her minor children. The death of the eldest, Francisco, in an accident in a car driven by his father was a turning point for the family. Later, bad luck hit Alfonso de Borbón himself, who died in a skiing accident. Orphan of a father, Luis Alfonso, the youngest of the couple's children, decided to live with his grandmother and not with his mother.
Carmen Martínez-Bordiú lived all these vicissitudes with apparent calm, although behind that image of a woman who expresses Life to the fullest tell those who know it well that there is a very different other that tends to sadness. Rossi, with whom he had a daughter, was followed by the Italian architect Roberto Federici, with whom he spent ten years. Then came the Cantabrian José Campos, whom she married in 2006 and from whom she separated seven years later when Luis Miguel Rodríguez, known as El chatarrero , came into her life. Now he lives near Cascais (Portugal) with Timothy McKeague, a young Australian who works as a coach , someone who did not know who the granddaughter was when he crossed his path and who hates social life and the lights. PP Carmen Martínez Bordiú has not hidden that for many years she has lived thanks to the exclusives she gave to the magazines of the heart and the things that she told on the sets of her and her family. After the death of his mother three years ago, he has inherited a succulent amount of money that allows him to lead an anonymous life. The princess of the Franco has left the covers. He has said it to Hello !, his magazine, with which he made cash. "I ask that everyone forget about me."