Fürst Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe has announced that he and his fiancée Mahkameh Navabi, a concert pianist of Iranian extraction, have decided to postpone their religious marriage. This was scheduled to take place in September 2020.
In an article with Spiegel, Alexander said: “The decision to cancel our religious wedding and the associated festivities was not an easy one for us. But it goes without saying that we have to behave responsibly.” Hundreds of guests had been invited to the Schaumburg-Lippe wedding.
Alexander and Mahkameh still plan on having their civil ceremony in September. The couple’s religious wedding will take place in 2021. The prince and his partner have been dating since 2016.
This will be the third marriage of Fürst Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe. From 1993 to 2002, Alexander was married to Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg; the prince and princess had one child: Hereditary Prince Heinrich-Donatus (b.1994). From 2007 to 2018, Alexander was married to Dr Nadja Anna Zsoeks; the couple had two daughters: Princess Friederike (b.2008) and Princess Philomena (b.2011). Alexander’s son Donatus will act as his father’s best man when the Fürst marries his intended.