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 Fatma Neslishah Osmanoglu

Fatma Neslishah Osmanoglu

Birth
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Death 1 Apr 2012 (aged 91)
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Burial Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Memorial ID 175483486 · View Source
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Princess Fatma Neslishah Sultan (Osmanoglu), Princess Imperial of the Ottoman Empire and Princess of Egypt was a paternal granddaughter of the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid II by his first wife, Shehsuvar Kadýnefendi and maternal granddaughter of the last Ottoman Sultan and Caliph Mehmed VI Vahidettin by first wife, Emine Nazikedâ Kadýnefendi. She was the daughter of Prince Shehzade Omer Faruk Efendi and his first wife and cousin Princess Rukiye Sabiha Sultan.
She grew up in Nice, France after being exiled since she was 3 years old, when the Imperial House of Osman left Istanbul in accordance with Republican regulations and laws.
In 1940 Her Imperial Highness Fatma Neslishah married her second cousin, 22 years older than her, Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim, son of Egypt's last khedive Abbas Hilmi II. She thus also became Princess consort of Egypt. Two years earlier, Abdel Moneim, heir to a US$50,000,000 fortune, had obtained permission from his second cousin King Farouk of Egypt to marry Princess Myzejen (1909–1969), sister of King Zog I of Albania. However, the marriage never took place and Prince Abdel Moneim married Neslishah instead. When the Egyptian Free Officers Movement deposed King Farouk in the July 1952 Revolution, they chose Prince Abdel Moneim to serve as chairman of the three-member Regency Body established to assume the powers of Farouk's newly enthroned infant son Fuad II. The Regency Body was dissolved on 7 September 1952, and Abdel Moneim was appointed as sole Prince regent. In the absence of a Queen consort, Neslishah de facto served as such by virtue of her position as the wife of the Prince regent. Her few official appearances during her husband's regency focused on charity work. Like the royal consorts who preceded her, she attended sporting events such as polo matches and the international tennis tournament final.
Prince Abdel Moneim's regency lasted ten months in all. The Egyptian Revolutionary Command Council formally abolished the monarchy on 18 June 1953. In 1957, Abdel Moneim and Neslishah were arrested and accused of taking part in a plot against President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Again forced into exile, Neslishah was released from prison after the President of the Republic of Turkey intervened and demanded her release. She subsequently lived for a short time in Europe, then returned to her native Turkey.
Prince Abdel Moneim died in 1979 in Istanbul, where Princess Neslishah continued to live with her unmarried daughter Iqbal. During the last years she dedicated herself to the writing of her memoirs without completely accepting the new reality of Turkey.
Turkish historians considered her the "most intellectual woman of the European aristocracy", She spoke Turkish, Arabic, French, English and German.
At the time of her death, Neslishah was the most senior Ottoman princess. After the deaths of Prince Burhaneddin Cem in 2008 and Prince Ertugrul Osman in 2009, she was also the last surviving member of the Ottoman Dynasty to have been born during the Ottoman era.


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  • Created by: Tati and Eric Anderson
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175483486
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fatma Neslishah Osmanoglu (4 Feb 1921–1 Apr 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175483486, citing Ashiyan Cemetery, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey ; Maintained by Tati and Eric Anderson (contributor 48563756) .