A Spanish princess is the world's first royal to die from the coronavirus

  • Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, a cousin of King Felipe IV of Spain, died on Thursday from COVID-19.
  • The 86-year-old princess is the first royal to die from the coronavirus.
  • She died in Paris, and a funeral was held in her honor in Madrid on Friday, according to an announcement from Spain's Prince Sixto Enrique de Bourbon.
  • Spain's King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia have both tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Only two royals have been confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus: Prince Charles, Duke of Wales, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
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Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, a cousin of Spain's King Felipe IV, died on Thursday at age 86 after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

She is the first member of a royal family to die from COVID-19.

Prince Sixto Enrique de Bourbon, the brother of Princess Maria Teresa, confirmed the passing of his sister in a public Facebook post on Thursday, which stated a funeral was held in Madrid on Friday. People, Page Six, and the Daily Mail have also reported on the announcement.

"S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón communicates that this Thursday, March 26, 2020, has passed away in Paris, at eighty-six years old, his sister Maria Teresa de Bourbon Parma and Bourbon Busset, victim of coronavirus COVID-19," a translation of the prince's announcement reads.

Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma in an undated photograph.
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Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma was born in Paris in 1933 and became a professor of Paris-Sorbonne University and Complutense University in Madrid, where she was known for her views in sociology and women's rights, according to People.

She was a member of the House of Bourbon-Parma, which is known as a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family.

Royals who have publicly confirmed positive tests for the COVID-19 virus include Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne and 62-year-old Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

Earlier in March, Spain's King Felipe IV and his wife, Queen Letizia, both tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. Spain has the world's fourth-highest COVID-19 caseload at the time of writing, as the country reached 64,059 reported cases and 4,934 deaths as of March 27.

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Rob Kardashian Responds to Blac Chyna's Claim That Daughter Dream Suffered Burns in His Care

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The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services recently conducted an investigation into Dream Kardashian‘s wellbeing, attorneys for both Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna confirmed to E! News. 

On Wednesday, Chyna’s legal representative said that the 3-year-old suffered “severe” burns on her legs while in Rob’s custody on two separate occasions.

The first incident, Chyna’s attorney alleged, occurred in late February. The attorney stated in part, “Rob admitted that Dream had received the severe burn at his home and promised it would never happen again.” 

Then on Saturday, March 21, Dream returned to Chyna’s home after spending time with Rob with another burn on the same leg. 

“When Chyna reached out to Rob to find out what had happened to their daughter, Rob initially lied to Chyna and denied that Dream’s second burn happened at his home,” the attorney claimed. “Rob then changed his story and had his nanny send a text message admitting that Dream received the second burn at Rob’s house from a hot lightbulb. Chyna again sought medical care for Dream and learned that the most recent burn on her leg was a second-degree burn.”

From there we’re told Chyna filed a complaint with the DCFS, whose personnel began looking into the matter. 

According to Rob’s attorney, the aforementioned nanny, who left for unrelated personal reasons, no longer works for him.

“Unfortunately Dream has had two accidents in the last month while with this nanny,” a statement from his attorney read in part. “Rob treated Dream appropriately and Chyna was informed. Following an investigation by the DCFS and the police in which Rob fully cooperated, he has every reason to believe that there will be no findings of any safety issues in his home.”

Rob’s attorney added, “It is unfortunate that Chyna feels the need to publicly miscommunicate the situation and has once again wasted valuable public resources by calling first responders in a desperate attempt to smear Rob’s name in response to his ongoing lawsuit against her for full custody of their daughter.”

Last month, a judge denied Rob’s request for primary custody of the toddler. Rob has accused Chyna, who he was engaged to briefly between 2016 and 2017, of being an unfit mother. 

“In his ongoing lawsuit for full custody of Dream,” the attorney told E! News, “Rob has had grave concerns about his daughter’s safety in Chyna’s care, and is grateful for the brave witnesses who have come forward to testify regarding the danger which Chyna presents their daughter in her home.”

As we’ve previously reported, Khloe Kardashian claimed in a sealed court declaration that Dream becomes “decidedly more aggressive” after returning from Chyna’s home. 

Chyna’s attorney has described Rob’s allegations as “absurd.”

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