Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, the daughter of Slovenian and German immigrants, Tatiana Blatnik cannot possibly have dreamt that she would one day enjoy the title of Princess of one of Europe’s oldest and most esteemed royal families.
This is true even for someone who can claim to have some nobility in her family ancestry, since her maternal grandmother was actually a Saxon Countess and was related to the famous statesman of the 19th century, Otto Bismarck. Even for someone with respectable credentials like those, the chances of finding and charming a genuine prince are extremely slim!
One thing that the young Tatiana had on her side was the support from her family to enable her to attend a high-school in Switzerland, and continue further education in sociology in Georgetown, USA. This equipped her with the vital high-society attributes of being well-travelled, acquainted with different cultures, and educated at prestigious institutions. Moving to London to begin work as an events planner for the German fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg (the latter herself an aristocrat), Tatiana made her entry into the upper echelons of London’s – and, by extension, Europe’s – society. Armed not only with her degree in social studies, but also a useful command of several languages and – alright, it finally has to be mentioned – amazingly good looks, she was ready to mingle with the aristocrats who tend to involve themselves with the exciting fashion circles of the capital city.
Route 1 to a royal title
It was in the course of her work that she met and fell for a man who, it turned out, was a Prince of Greece and Denmark, son of the last reigning King of the Hellenes, Constantine II. (Although the Greek state had abolished the monarchy in 1973, the family retained its aristocratic status and respectability, even in exile in London.) By marrying him, she became what countless millions of women around the world dream of becoming: a bona-fide princess!
Prince Nikolaos had been born and raised in London, as a result of the afore-mentioned exile from Greece, and this was where their life together began. However, things changed when their father was finally permitted to return to reside in his home country. Discreetly, humbly, and without any intention of recovering his political power, Constantine II returned to Athens in 2013.
This caused the newlyweds to consider moving back to Greece themselves. At the time, the country was unfortunately in the middle of one of the biggest economic and social crises ever to affect it, struggling to avoid bankruptcy; many Greeks were living hand-to-mouth. What kind of role could they play in such a society?
Princess Tatiana has a resourceful and inventive spirit. Having made the bold decision to relocate, she immediately set about establishing charities to help with food poverty problems, as well as companies and other projects to help improve the people’s circumstances. She co-wrote a Greek cookbook that was a worldwide best-seller, and more recently launched a website, Tria Etc, to enable local craftspeople to market their wares globally.
So, this just goes to show that one really can go from ‘commoner’ to princess! For those of us unable to find a handsome prince, there’s always the option of buying a title from royaltitles.net.