By Wendy Williams
IT was once said you could cross Spain without ever leaving her land.
Now however the 18th Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, is reportedly being forced to divide up her land in order to win her childrens’ approval to marry.
The most titled noble in the world, 85, is apparently giving away her fortune to wed civil servant Alfonso Díez, 24 years her junior.
With an estimated personal wealth of up to 3.5 billion euros, she has been able to give each of her six children and eight grandchildren a palace of their own.
The 14 inheritors are also being given thousands of hectares around Spain.
Ironically the Duchess has protested she is not that wealthy, insisting: “I have a lot of artworks, but I can’t eat them, can I?” They include Columbus’ first map of America and the last will of Fernando the Catholic.
The Duchess is paving the way for a wedding, which is likely to be a more low key affair than her marriage to Luis Martinez de Irujo in 1947 described by the New York Times as the ‘world’s most expensive wedding’.