In the terrible ending to 2004, many may have missed December´s bright spot: the announcement of Ferfried von Hohenzollern´s engagement to Tatjana Gsell. But it is a genuine cause for celebration, a modern fairy story of true love overcoming impossible obstacles.
Tatjana Gsell (33) is the widow of cosmetic surgeon Franz Gsell, in whose tragic death she was implicated. Last year, Tatjana was found guilty and given a suspended sentence of 16 months for her part in a bungled insurance fraud scheme. She helped stage the "theft" of a car by a male friend of hers, and during the execution of this wheeze, Franz Gsell was fatally injured. He lingered on but died several months later, leaving his heir and widow disconsolately awaiting trial.
Prince Ferfried von Hohenzollern (61) is a confirmed lover of youth and beauty.
"Foffi" and "Sweety" as they are known, are true models for all current and would-be celebrities. In providing such rich material for lesser mortals to learn from, they are fulfilling celebrity´s true task - something today´s pallid insta-celebrities would do well to mark, and inwardly digest.
Congratulations to the happy couple!