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The wives of the Crown Prince of Greece and of Alexandre Egon, Prinz zu Fürstenberg

their double cousinship with Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson through the Howland family

Marie-Chantal MillerAlexandra Miller   
Maria-Chantal and Alexandra Miller
photographed by David Seidner in Vogue, July 1995
 
The now-famous “Miller girls” — the three daughters of the tycoon Robert W. Miller, co-founder of the world’s largest duty-free shopping chain, Duty Free Shopper Ltd. — are Pia (wife of Christopher Getty, grandson of billionaire J. Paul Getty), Marie-Chantal, and Alexandra (wife of Alexandre Egon, prinz zu Fürstenberg, son of the famous fashion-design couple Egon zu Fürstenberg and Diana Halfin), who now works for her mother-in-law Diane’s fashion business as a Creative Director.
    Marie-Chantal, the middle daughter, is the wife of Crown Prince (in exile) Pavel of Greece. Their wedding, celebrated on 1 July 1995 in London (where the Greek royal family has lived in exile in London since 1974 when their country adopted a constitutional government), with 1,400 guests and rumored to have cost $5.5 million, was described as the biggest gathering of royalty since 1948, when Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip, and was attended by Queen Elizabeth herself. The elegant couple, now living in New York City, has been extensively photographed in magazines.


              _____________ (brothers) ________________
              |                                       |
         John Howland                           Arthur Howland
      = Elizabeth Tilley                   = Margaret (----) Walker
      ________|_____________                          |
      |                     |                         |
 Desire Howland       Isaac Howland            Deborah Howland
=John Gorham        = Elizabeth Vaughan      = Lieut. John Smith
      |                      |                        |
 Desire Gorham        Priscilla Howland        Hassadiah Smith
= John Hawes          = Peter Bennett        = Jonathan Russell
      |                      |                        |
Experience Hawes             |                 Deborah Russell
= (1) Lieut. Ebenezer Sproat |                = Benjamin Allen
      |                      |                        | 
Thankful Sproat ===== (1) Lieut. Joseph         Dorothy Allen
              ____|       Bennett              = William Wilcox
              |                                       |
       Elizabeth Bennett                       Benjamin Wilcox
         (1731-1782)                             (1737-1816)
   = John Morton (1724-1784)             = Elsie Lanning (1739-1805)
              |                                       |
Hannah Morton (1753- ca. 1843)        Daniel Wilcox (ca. 1771-1857)
= Abiel Edson (ca. 1753 - 1823)      = Mary McIntyre (1775-1816)
              |                                       | 
  John Morton Edson (1784-)              Jemima Wilcox (1801-1876)
     = Mary Fairbrother                = Francis Comfort (1800-1880)
              |                                       |
John Morton Edson Jr. (1822-1896)       Margaret Comfort (1833-1916)
= Mary H. Stevens (1822?-1890)        = John Kennedy (IV) (1832-1897)
              |                                       |
   Mary Helen Edson (1850-)             John Kennedy (V) (1862-1939)
= George Henry Appleton                Susanna Samantha Helena Young
         (1839-1913)                             (1882-1937)
              |                                       |
   Blanche Louise Appleton                 Jean Margaret Kennedy
         (1872-1955)                             (1917-2000)
= Ellis John Springer Miller          = Richard Harry Mitchelson, Jr.
     of Concord, Mass.                           (1914-1998),
         (1867-1906)                        of Winnipeg, Manitoba
       _______|                           (my natural grandparents)
       |
Ellis Warren Appleton Miller = Sophia June Squarebriggs
     1898-1986               |        1899-1998
 of Quincy, Mass.            |
       ______________________|
       |
 Robert Warren Miller  = Marie-Chantal
   1933-               |   Pesantes
duty-free billionaire  | from Ecuador
              _________|________________________
              |                                |
  Marie-Chantal Miller (1968-)         Alexandra Miller (1972-)
      = Pavel, (1967-)                    = Alexandre Egon, 
Crown Prince (in exile) of Greece       prinz zu Fürstenberg 
 (eldest son of Konstantinos II,     (son of Egon zu Fürstenberg
   deposed King of Greece)           & Diana Halfin, the famous
           |                              fashion designers)
       ____|_________________________________   |_______________________
       |                |                   |             |            |
   Princess           Prince              Prince     Talita-Natasha  Tassilo
 Maria-Olympia  Constantine Alexios  Achileas Andreas   b. 1999      b. 2001
b. 25 July 1996  b. 29 October 1998      b. 2000


Sources: The Howland to Miller descents were investigated by Julie Helen Otto and William Addams Reitwiesner in Some ancestry of the Miller sisters, an admirable piece of work, and are also presented in Gary Boyd Roberts, Notable Kin: an anthology of columns first published in the NEHGS NEXUS, 2 vols. (Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 1998, 1999), 1:22, 25-6. We have made little independent investigation of it, but have mainly added a few details on the latest generations, taken mainly from various magazine articles and webpages. Our sources include:

We are grateful to Richard Carruthers, of Vancouver, British Columbia, for pointing out a missing generation in an earlier version of these notes.

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From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson
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This page written 1 January 2001
Last revised 10 December 2012