Resently I read some letters in a book which is published annualy by the Hessische Staatsarchive Darmstadt and the Historischen Verein für Hessen. They are in an article concerning the divorce of Ernst-Ludwig & Victoria.
They are written between 8. Nov 1901 - 11. Nov 1901.
Following is a little summary:
Henry von Preußen writes to his brother Wilhelm II, to inform him "unoffically" about the upcoming divorce before Wilhelm will be informed by his envoy.
He writes (My freestyle translation)
- on the male side not capabel to sadisfy such a passionate woman like Duckie. This situation became worser by the arbitrary character of the spouse, she rejected her husband in decisive moments, then to long for him when he wasn't in the mood
Prinz Hohenlohe-Öhringen (Envoy) writes to Berlin:
- Neither one of the sides is to be blamed, basically the different tempers and characters of the couple make it impossible to live together. (He mentions the impotenz of the grandduke and that this doesn't makes the whole situation easier).
- Ernie writes to his cousin Wilhelm, that this is the best for Duky, anything else would destroy her. The other reason would be for his country (Ernie wasn't really able to fullfill his duties as sovereign caused by his emotinal stress, whats really understandable)
Now WII writes back, (really nasty letter for my feelings)
In the beginning bla bla about the reaction of the hessian country loosing their "Landesmutter" and then
- The whole desaster would be Ernies fault, he never should have pushed Ducky to marry him. She was so young (17). Now her hopes and wishes didn't come true and she feels unsadisfied and played the role of a coat stand, which he (Ernie) decorated with jewels and diamonds to show of infront of the world. This really hurt her. Wilhelm goes on the hail Duckies character (he admits not only passionate but also thourough/grand) which needed a man and master and this she definitly didn't find in Ernie!
He mentions Ernies letter asking Wilhelm to be his confidant/Friend in this situation. Wilhelm reassures him that he is Ernies friend, but starts to go on and complain about the whole Hessen Familie, how bad they treated him, espacially at their last meeting in Wolfsgarten (1896).
' They treated me like a stranger, for your sisters I was a horror (gräuel is the german word he uses), because they became foreigners and forgot that they are from Hessen/German. My hopes to find a second home in Hessen vanished quickly and I feld very hurt and rejected, simple because I was "uncomfortable" for you'
Then Wilhelm blames Ernie again, for not asking him for help. Her he also blames Henry (his brother) for not telling him earlier.
There is also a letter in the article from Ernie to Victoria (in english), his sister. It is a very moving one. I don't know if it would be ok to copie it here (type it down) concerning the copyright etc. It is from the Archive part that is not open for the public. But If anyone is interested in this article, you can buy the book, I guess over the www. hvfh.de ; the issue "Neue Folge 63. Band 2005"