Less than a year after announcing their engagement with a loved-up photo on Instagram, Prince Louis of Luxembourg and fiancée have called it quits.
The royal, 35 and French lawyer Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, 30, told the French magazine Point de Vue that they have put an end to their four-year-long romance due to differing life goals.
The couple announced they were engaged on April 6 2021 with a relaxed picture accompanied by official snaps with Louis’ parents, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
They have vowed to remain friends, and added they still have a lot of love for each other and each other’s families.
Prince Louis was previously married to Tessy Antony, whom he shares two sons with, Prince Gabriel of Nassau, 14, and Prince Noah of Nassau, 12. The couple divorced in 2019.
Prince Louis of Luxembourg, 34, and fiancée French lawyer Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, 30, have called off their engagement
Speaking to the French publication, Louis said: ‘We have been in love with each other for the past four years. We always have tried to be completely honest with each other. Even when this honesty hurts us like today, we are more than ever convinced it is crucial.’
‘Thinking about things a lot and getting to the bottom of it, we eventually admitted that as a family, as parents, our visions are too divergent. Our ambitions in life are too different,’ Scarlett added.
Scarlett added that Louis’ family had given her a warm welcome and added that even though their loved ones are saddened by the news, their affection for her wouldn’t change.
Prince Louis said Scarlett is still his best friend, and that she enjoys a close relationship with his parents, siblings and his two sons, Gabriel and Noah.
The couple, who announced they were engaged on 6 April 2021, told French magazine Point de Vue that their ambitions in life are ‘too different’ and their vision of life are ‘divergent’ (pictured at the time of their engagement with Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
He added he has explained the situation to his sons, and that although they are sad, they know they’ll continue to see Scarlett and can always count on her.
He also he still holds Scarlett’s family dear and that the couple cherish their close friendship and their tight bond.
In the same interview, Prince Louis explained that when the couple got engaged in April last year, they had gone over how Scarlett would join the royal family and the concessions that would have to be made, which he said had not been an issue for either party.
The couple, who work for the same company, have been dating for the past four years and have said they intend to remain friends (pictured in November 2018)
The couple have issued an official statement, in which they said: ‘We have decided not to pursue our romantic relationship, while remaining deeply bound by friendship and tenderness.
‘It is a decision we have made together upon serious reflection,’ the statement went on.
The couple also said they have a lot of respect and admiration for each other.
Less than a year ago, the pair were announcing their engagement with a casual picture were they both sported knitwear and showed off Scarlett’s gold engagement ring.
Born in Bordeaux on 8 August 1991, Scarlett-Lauren is the youngest child of lawyers Pierre Sirgue and Scarlett Sigrue.
At the beginning of her career, she worked alongside her mother in Family Law, before decided to focus more specifically in Victims’ Law.
Louis has remained close with his ex-wife Tessy, who married Swiss business man Frank Floessel last year. Louis and Scarlett were both present at Tessy’s son Theodor Christening last year
Scarlett-Lauren works for the firm which was founded by her parents, which is also where Prince Louis works as a mediator.
Louis was previously married to Tessy Antony de Nassau, with whom he shares his two sons.
The entrepreneur, who is now married to hunky Swiss businessman Frank Floessel and welcomed their son Theodor in August, has talked candidly about the pressures of royal life in the past.
Last year, she told Hello magazine that it ‘took a long time’ after her divorce, when she was stripped of her royal titles, explaining: ‘After every relationship it takes a while to heal when the heart has been broken. It has been really, really wonderful for me to realise that I am able to trust and love again. It’s nice to see that life goes on.’
Tessy went on to reveal how she is ‘very happy’ that her ex-husband Prince Louis maintains a close bond with their sons, despite the fact they can’t see each other during quarantine.
She said her son’s ‘love and trust’ with their father had ‘become stronger’ because of the separation during the pandemic.
Tessy has previously told how her family ‘suffered greatly’ when she became a princess in 2006 after marrying Prince Louis, whom she met in 2004.
Speaking on Sky News special report The Meghan Effect, Tessy explained: ‘My little cousin needed to change schools twice. My twin brother was incredibly bullied at work – he still is today.
‘My sister, my parents suffered, my oldest brother doesn’t talk to me anymore because of that, because it was too much for him to handle.
‘That was when I married in, and when I got divorced, oh my gosh the same.’
Born a commoner, Tessy joined the Luxembourg Army in 2002 at the age of 18, rising to the rank of corporal. Two years later, when she was one of a handful of female UN peacekeepers in Kosovo, she met Prince Louis, who was visiting the army.
His family only became aware of their love affair when Tessy fell pregnant and gave birth aged 19, and unmarried, in September 2005, providing Grand Duke Henri with his first grandson.
It infuriated the royal family, and Prince Louis renounced any claim to the title of Grand Duke due to the constitutional crisis they had created by having a child out of wedlock.
When Tessy married Prince Louis in September 2006, six months after giving birth, in a modest country church wedding, the Grand Duke stripped her of any claim to his title.
The couple’s fairytale marriage broke down in 2016, and they were granted a decree nisi in February 2019.