Several comments in the article below refer to this photo.

    Hopedale History
    December 2019
    No 377
    American Princess: 1922


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                                                                         American Princess: 1922

    Shorpy.com is a photo website. "The American historical photo archive." Great stuff. Well worth a look. In 2008, the
    picture of Princess Margaret Draper Boncompagni, above, was posted on Shorpy.  Although Shorpy titled it,
    American Princess, Margaret had to become an Italian citizen and a Catholic to have the title. Here are some of the
    comments that appeared under the picture on Shorpy.

    Margaret was my aunt
    Submitted by Gigi Murphy on Tue, 01/25/2011
    There are a LOT of nasty comments here. My grandmother, Grace Draper Gallaway, was a good friend of Aunt Margaret
    so I'll pass on some inside scoop. The Prince brought his mistress with him on their honeymoon, she of course was
    shocked. Why would anyone consummate a marriage under such conditions?

    Margaret never had children of her own, but was exceedingly generous with her money. I know she put my father and at
    least one of his brothers through boarding school and college. She lived near my parents in Washington and would often
    take them out to dinner or share a table at a charity event with them. She gave a Christmas gift to all her nieces &
    nephews, (and she had 6 step siblings, so that was a fair amount), and was always very giving with what she had. I have
    never heard anything negative said about her, only that she was very kind, and again, very generous.

    Margaret Preston Draper
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster on Wed,
    There's an article about Margaret, with photos, in the book "Crowning Glory: American Wives of Princes and Dukes." It
    can be ordered from AmericanPrincesses.com (Here it is at Goodreads.)

    U.S. nobility
    Submitted by robcat2075
    So she couldn't even recall the date of her wedding? How embarrassing. Embarrassing also to admit your marriage had
    never been consummated. Or maybe that was a plus back then?

    The US Constitution prohibits the government from awarding titles of nobility, and prohibits anyone in service to the
    government from accepting a title from a foreign power without Congressional approval, but private citizens may take on
    all the titles they can bear.

    [Margaret's title was Italian. She and the prince lived in Italy. - Dave]

    Wow!
    Submitted by MabelNormand.
    Do you realize that half a million dollars then would be $6,511,398.81 today? Boy do I wish I were her, or at least had
    lived in the "Roaring Twenties."

    Sordid details--revealed!
    Submitted by Poulette
    According to one site--family lore posted by the g-granddaughter of the Princess' half-sister Edith, it would appear that the
    reason was the ol' Prince had a little something on the side (see excerpt below). Another site claims similar, but not the
    same story (the second wife claims she was always the true love of said prince!) In either case, the official reason for the
    annulment was non-consummation.

    At age 25, Margaret Preston Draper married 32-year-old Italian "Papal" Prince Andrea Boncompagni. According to family
    lore, the elder Prince Boncompangni had little money so he pawned a cherished tapestry to William Franklin Draper, the
    American ambassador to Italy. He regretted this and wanted to get the tapestry back, so he arranged for his son to marry
    the ambassador's daughter Margaret. He was devoted to his mistress and their children, however, and the marriage was
    annulled, apparently never having been consummated. The cherished tapestry was returned, and Margaret was allowed
    to continue using the name Princess Margaret Boncompagni.

    Hopedale and Draper
    Submitted by MikeT
    I grew up right near Hopedale, and I had never heard this history. Lots of the towns in the area have old empty mills, but I
    guess I never realized how much money these mills made.

    Speaking Tubes
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster
    I've never seen speaking tubes in a car, but the Chicago 2-flat in which I grew up had speaking tubes for visitors at the
    front door. Located in the hallway next to the kitchen, you could check on who was at the door and buzz them in. My father
    took the tubes out of service for some reason. (The building was built in the mid-thirties.)

    And by the way, Margaret is obviously closing the door, not opening it!
     
    Repatriation
    Submitted by stanton_square
    I don't know about the dual citizenship/royalty issue, but for what its worth, there is a Oct 8, 1938 news piece about
    Margaret Draper regarding repatriation:

    Driven from Europe by gathering war clouds, the Princess Boncompagni, former Washington girl, will seek repatriation, it
    was learned yesterday. The Italian princess, once Miss Margaret Preston Draper, has asked her bank to search the files
    of the District Building to ascertain the exact date of her marriage to Prince Andrea Boncompagni.

    Now, the definition of repatriation suggests that it can mean either a return to the home country or a restoration of
    citizenship. The search for documents suggests that she was seeking to reestablish a legal status.

    Princess?
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster
    Does anybody want to point out that one can not be a Princess or any other "royalty" or representative of another
    government and still retain U.S. Citizenship?

    Was anything made of this at the time.

    [Why would you think that? Grace Kelly, even after marrying Prince Rainier and becoming Princess Grace of Monaco,
    retained her American citizenship. - Dave]

    An Illustrious Family
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster
    Here is the genealogy of the family Boncompagni Ludovisi. Margaret died in 1973, Andrea in 1948. In Rome there is a
    Museum Boncompagni Ludovisi. In via Boncompagni Ludovisi there is a side entrance of the American embassy which
    is located in the former residence of the queen mother of Italy.

    Poor dead fox
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster
    I'm looking at this hideous coat with the three-ball pattern and the horrifically ugly dress with the basketweave and the
    crooked hem and I can only conclude that the fox died of embarrassment.

    Former Miss Draper Reported in Romance
    (Special Cable Dispatch)
    Paris, Jun 22 - Society is humming with reports that Princess Boncompagni, formerly Miss Margaret Draper, of Boston
    and Washington, and heiress to a $6,000,000 estate from her father, the late Gen. William F. Draper, formerly the
    American Ambassador in Rome, will soon marry again. Her marriage to Prince Andrea Boncompagni was recently
    annulled. The princess is seen constantly in Paris social affairs accompanied by Prince Ottoboni, a handsome Italian.
    Washington Post, Jun 23, 1924

    Former Miss Draper Is Sojourning Here For Few Weeks.
    Princess Margaret Boncompagni, whose return to Washington for a few weeks each winter is a most welcome event,
    entertained at a luncheon yesterday at the Mayflower for a distinguished company of guests. A daughter of the late Mr.
    and Mrs. William F. Draper, Princess Margaret, as Miss Margaret Draper, made her debut in the old Draper Mansion, now
    given over to business establishments, and, after a year or two as a reigning belle, was married there to Prince Andrea
    Boncompagni-Ludovici, scion of a family which had given two Popes to the Church of Rome. Since they separated she
    has lived much abroad, but the princess always comes to Washington at least once a year.
    Washington Post, Feb 5, 1930

    Poor lady
    Submitted by Anonymous Tipster
    Was she actually forced by reduced circumstances to open the car door ALL BY HERSELF!?? Oh, the humanity!!

    Sordid Details
    Submitted by mrs_djs
    I would love to know more about her and what exactly caused her marriage to end. The link that Gooberpea listed was all
    I could really find too, and qu'un désordre! Too bad Us Weekly wasn't around back then. Or, perhaps too bad it is around
    today?

    Cursed Princess
    Submitted by Gooberpea
    Wonder why she looks so glum? Consider this: Princess Andrea Boncompagni was born Margaret Preston Draper to
    socially prominent and wealthy parents in Hopedale, Mass.

    I won't spoil the story for you - you can read a vivid account of it here. There are dozens of photos and a well-researched
    Draper family history. A very nice web site run by "Dan in Hopedale".

    So, do the evil geniuses behind Shorpy.com know of these thrilling backstories when they post the photos, or do they just
    pick a photo from a pile - come what may?
    [Comme ci, comme ca. - Dave]

    Home, James
    Submitted by BdgBill
    Is that an actual speaking tube in the chauffeur's compartment? I've never seen one of these outside of a Bugs Bunny
    cartoon.


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