Meet teen Italian princesses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara of Bourbon: Carolina’s modelled for Chopard and Louis Vuitton – and both starred in a film with Nicole Kidman
Once upon a time, princesses would often live in castles far, far away, with their royal lives hidden from the outside world. Today, thanks to the internet, many modern royals have become celebrities in their own right, and some are now happy to even share their private lives with the world.
So what do we know about the Italian princesses?
They are heiresses of the dynasty
Maria Carolina, 19, and Maria Chiara, 17, are the daughters of Prince Carlo and Princess Camilla, aka the Duke and Duchess of Castro. Prince Carlo succeeded to his father’s claim as head of the former House of the Two Sicilies, a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family from the Capetian Dynasty, which ruled over Southern Italy and Sicily during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Although the kingdom no longer exists, the family title is still used today. In 2016, based on the social progress of gender equality in Europe, the family adopted the rule of eldest child inheritance (including women).
Accordingly, Princess Maria Carolina, aka Duchess of Palermo and Calabria, became the direct heiress to carry the royal duties for the continuity and dynastic inheritance of the family. Princess Maria Chiara also got the titles of Duchess of Capri and Noto.
They receive the best education
Both Carolina and Chiara followed the International Cambridge Educational system and CNED course under strict supervision and control of the Department of Education of Monaco, according to their official bios. They are also fluent in six languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.
Carolina is now studying at two universities at the same time: the world’s leading school Harvard and the International University of Monaco. Chiara is also studying hard to follow her sister at Harvard, as indicated in an Instagram post she posted last year.
They are into fashion, arts and acting
While Carolina studies social sciences, marketing and management at Harvard, she’s also learning fashion and luxury studies at the Monaco institution. But with the girls’ fit physiques and natural beauty, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that they model in their spare time.
In 2018, Carolina made her modelling debut with the latest Chopard Haute Joaillerie creations and has worked with high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton and Pucci, according to her profile.
Like her sister, Chiara also seems to have an eye for fashion, rocking red carpets in gorgeous gowns. On her Instagram though, she often shares photos of her apparent love for sport. She enjoys tennis, swimming, dancing, athletics, gymnastics, sailing and windsurfing and has even won some judo medals. She also paints, plays piano and started learning guitar, according to her profile. She also attends a drama school to study acting and dramatic arts.
They appeared in a film alongside Nicole Kidman
They love nature and animals
The sisters are ambassadors of the Passion Sea project, an NGO promoting the preservation of our waters through education, arts and innovation solutions.
They’ve adopted animals in danger and helped them recover too.
Today, they have three Italian Greyhounds named Cairo, Cosmo and Candy and the pups even have an Instagram handle for their furry adventures.
They are joined at the hip
These princesses are not only sisters but appear to be very close. Whether they’re at home or at big events, they are usually seen in matching outfits, sharing a similar style.
The dynamic duo even share a YouTube channel together, Carolina & Chiara. Here, they started their “Enigma of a Quarantine” comedy series, revealing what life was like during Covid-19. Episodes varied from cooking in the kitchen to a spa day gone wrong.
They enjoy a lavish life
The heiresses are living in the lap of luxury not only in their home country but across at least three more destinations, including Paris, Monte Carlo and Rome.
They often share snaps on Instagram, wearing luxury fashion’s latest trends and holidaying in the most stunning locations.
They’ve been spotted on yachts around the globe and have taken snaps in places like St. Tropez, Dubai and New York.
- The Italian royal sisters are fluent in 6 languages and are practically inseparable, sharing their lives on Instagram together – sometimes even wearing matching outfits
- Carolina modelled for Chopard Haute Joaillerie and has worked with Louis Vuitton and Pucci – the two also enjoy lavish holidays in New York, St. Tropez and Paris