The latter was the famed duchesse d"Alençon who died in a fire at a charity bazaar in Paris on 4 May 1897. She had refused rescue attempts, insisting that the girls working with her at the bazaar be saved first. King Albert I of Belgium was his brother-in-law.
They had four children:
Princess Marie Louise (31 December 1897-1898 March 1973)
Princess Sophie (19 October 1898 - 9 October 1928)
Princess Geneviève (21 September 1901 - 1983)
Prince Charles Philippe (4 April 1905-1910 March 1970)
The couple led a life of luxury and had many estates in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
The tide changed after World War I, when their fortune diminished rapidly and they were forced to sell some of their properties. Philippe died unexpectedly in 1931 from heart failure after catching a cold, in Cannes, France.
He is buried in the Chapelle Royale de Saint Louis, in Dreux. Titles and styles
18 January 1872 –1 February 1931 His Royal Highness the Duke of Vendome.