A great deal of mystery surrounded the relationship between Real housewives from New York Carole Radziwill and her stepmother Lee.
Radziwill married Anthony, Lee Radziwill's son, in 1994, but died tragically five years later after battling cancer for the duration of the couple's marriage. Lee Radziwill had both royal relations and Kennedy. She was the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and married Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill.
When Radziwill joined the cast of RHONYC, fans often wondered how the matriarch of the family would react. Others also speculated on whether the relationship had lasted long after Anthony's death. Radziwill gave a glimpse of her relationship with her mother-in-law and gave a harrowing tale of the last time she had tried to see her.
Lee defined the style
Radziwill's essay highlights what it was like to meet the iconic princess while hanging out with Anthony. "But that first day paved the way for how I got to know her – warm, but willing; interesting and curious, "wrote Radziwill. "She had a sharp mind and intellect. She was both great and playful. She invented
"Fashion designers have struggled to follow her because she has not defined trends, she has defined
Radizwill wrote that her mother-in-law had arranged an unforgettable wedding and finally allowed the couple to nest without intrusion.
Their relationship changed as Anthony's illness progressed.
Upon learning that Anthony had cancer, Radziwill remembered the reaction of his mother-in-law. "She changed into a brightly colored sweater and came into her room as she did every time thereafter, until the end – armed with her smile, of her own." a good story and a flawless joy. On the most difficult days, she has never faltered, publicly. "
Over time, Anthony's illness progressed, affecting relationships between women. "As her cancer progressed, our relationship changed; she understood as being his wife, I was responsible and I understood as his mother that she was suffering from an unimaginable pain. When it became clear that he would not survive, we became worried allies. "
Radziwill said that the women "stuck in grief" after Anthony's death. She stayed in New York while Lee moved to Paris.
But Carole remained Lee's daughter-in-law
Even 20 years after Anthony's death, Radziwill says that her mother-in-law has always portrayed her as her daughter-in-law. "Even after long absences, when she felt badly deserved, she never hesitated. Anthony and I did not have children, so there were very few family ties to keep us in touch. "
"What we had most in common was the heartache, the thing we wanted to escape. But Lee, like me, was not too sentimental and it served both of us well. I flew to Paris on the occasion of his 75th birthday – dinner at La Voltaire with a group of his close friends. She was radiant and, as always, we spoke again as if we had just spoken last week. "
Finally, Lee returned to New York
After years in Paris, Lee returned to New York. The women continued to dine, often in Lee's apartment. "Always the same thing – a small card table in front of the fireplace with a silk scarf for a tablecloth. Set perfectly, at least, for two. "
"Talking was always easy even though we had not seen each other for months," Radziwill wrote. "Lee was an insatiable reader, she knew all the latest art exhibitions, plays and books."
Carole is sorrowful
Radziwill tells the last time that she spoke to Lee. "I spoke to him for the last time two weeks before he died. I had not seen it for months and was happy to prepare a dinner plan. "When can you come?" She asked. I suggested to her the next night, but she had a friend coming. "
"She suggested another one, I was out of town. I had a planned business trip that would push it further, but it was canceled at the last minute. I could see her on weekends. She died Friday night.
Radziwill stays with this memory. "She was beautiful, original and especially loved by many. The fascinating woman I met many years ago was 80 years old and frail, but she had the same cheekbones, the same chiseled beauty, the same curiosity and the same ease with all the subjects you could imagine. I told myself she was not in the shadow of anyone.
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