Princess, 54, dies after motorcycle accident and month-long coma

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·2-min read

French Princess Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre has died from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash.

The 54-year-old’s battle came to an end after she was placed in a month-long coma at the beginning of June.

French princess Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre sports a pink evening dress with a pink and orange embroidered top designed by Franck Sorbier for the Spring-Summer 2002 Haute Couture collections in Paris Wednesday Jan. 23, 2002.
French Princess Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre has died. Here she is pictured in 2002. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Hermine was the daughter of Duke Charles Henri of Clermont-Tonnerre and Anne Moranville.

Her family told French magazine Point de Vue: "All her family and friends will keep from Hermine the memory of a great lady with a big heart who always had time for others.

"She will remain as a reference for the end of the XXth century of an art of living.

"She transported you with a joy and a kindness that one that we are not going to forget just like her smile even if she confused more than one by her frankness and her enthusiasm."

Hermine was known for her love of Harley Davidson motorcycles, though not much is known about her accident.

Princess Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre attends the launching of Dior's Capture Totale skincare, at Restaurant Laperouse on October 24, 2012 in Paris, France.
Princess Hermine was the daughter of Duke Charles Henri of Clermont-Tonnerre and Anne Moranville. Here she is pictured in 2012. Photo: Getty Images

She shared her two children, Allegra and Calixte, with her ex-husband Alastair Cuddeford.

The Princess worked as a stylist for Dior before becoming a journalist for French publication Point De Vue in the ‘90s. She was also an author and appeared on reality shows like "Fear Factor" and "La Ferme Celebrites en Afrique."

Hermine's friend and producer Thierry Klemeniuk wrote on Facebook back in June, in a since-deleted post, "Let us all pray for our Princess."

Viviane Zaniroli, the creator of Rallye des princesses, a ladies-only car rally in which Princess Hermine has participated in previously, explained about her motorcycle accident to her Facebook friends.

Princess Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre attends the Avon Life Colour Party By Kenzo Takada  as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on October 1, 2018 in Paris, France.
She shared her two children, Allegra and Calixte, with her ex-husband Alastair Cuddeford. She is pictured here in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

"For our Mimine, Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre, in a coma following a motorcycle accident, we think of Allegra and Calixte her children. My darling princess you are a warrior, fight."

French pop singer Jean-Luc Lahaye also said in a TV interview: "I learned the news. It seems it was a very serious motorcycle accident. A vital prognosis is underway. I hope she will get by.

"She is a girl that I adore, a faithful friend, very joyful, an extraordinary character. She is a mum and for this reason also I hope that she will get out of it and that she will regain all her mobility. [I] don’t know what she has yet, but it’s very serious since her vital prognosis is underway."

With extra reporting by Marni Dixit

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