Last of an empire, twice exiled, Ottoman princess Neslisah Osmanoglu married an Egyptian prince

ISTANBUL – Princess Fatma Neslişah Osmanoğlu, or Neslişah Sultan, who was the last member of the Ottoman ruling family born before the fall of the empire, was buried in İstanbul on Tuesday.

Her grandfather, the last Ottoman Sultan Vahdettin, and all other members of the dynasty were sent into exile in 1924, and the princess spent her childhood and adolescence in Nice, France, before moving to Egypt.

“When we were in exile we lived longing for the country,” she told historian Murat Bardakçı, whose biography of the princess was published last year. “My mother had friends who would go to İstanbul. I would ask them to bring me back a bit of soil from Istanbul, but none did.”

(This story appeared in Today’s Zaman on April 3, 2012. Read the rest here.)

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