Tamara Czartoryska

Princess Tamara Laura Czartoryska (Spanish: Tamara Laura María de los Dolores Luisa Fernanda Victoria y Todos los Santos Czartoryski y Picciotto; born 23 April 1978) is a Polish-Spanish former model, television star, and aristocrat. She is the daughter of Prince Adam Czartoryski y Borbón, first cousin to King Juan Carlos I of Spain.[1]

Tamara Laura Czartoryska
Coat of armsCzartoryski
Born (1978-03-23) 23 March 1978 (age 45)
London, England, United Kingdom
Noble familyCzartoryski
FatherAdam Karol Czartoryski
MotherNora Picciotto
Styles of
Tamara Laura Czartoryska
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Reference styleHer Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness
Alternative styleMa'am

Family and upbringingEdit

Her mother, Nora Picciotto, was born in Cairo, worked as a public relations consultant in the film industry, and married her father in London. Her parents separated and divorced before she was seven years old.[2]

She did not perform well at the Sacred Heart all girls boarding school in Woldingham, except in drama. When she was 15, she attended a tutorial college in Oxford for A-levels. After her father suffered financial reverses when Lloyd's of London crashed, expensive pastimes such as riding stopped. That, and her mother's break-up with a stepfather of whom she was fond, left her confused and without direction, she has said.[2]

In frustration with her behavior, her parents cut off her allowance.[2] Having left home in hopes of a career in show jumping, she found herself, at the age of 15, earning her keep by cleaning out horse stables, where she sometimes slept. She credits this period with teaching her about the lives of people who lack wealth.

She enrolled at Emerson College in Boston when she was 18 to take up news media studies, again finding herself socializing with people who worked hard but earned little. However that did not, by her own account, prompt her to do well at a job as a waitress in a restaurant owned by a relative.[2]

Returning to Europe with a reputation as a "society girl" that she felt obliged to live down, her initial foray into modeling proved challenging.[2] But she was pleased with the opportunity to be represented by a reputable fashion agency.[citation needed]

The endowment of Czartoryski Museum by her father has been challenged by Tamara, and in 2018 resulted in the in-family lawsuit between Adam Karol and his daughter.[3][4][5][6]


Paternally, Tamara belongs to the Czartoryski family who were one of the most influential nobles in pre-World War II Poland. She descends also from kings of Spain and France of the House of Bourbon through her grandmother, Princess Dolores de Borbón y Orléans, sister of King Juan Carlos's mother, whose dynastic surname she has appended to her own.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Portuguese aristocrat Lourenco de Castro de Vasconcelos e Sa (b.1976) with whom she has one son Liam August (b.2018) and daughter Taya (b.2019).


Her sporting achievements and aristocratic background led to roles as a presenter on a Thai kick boxing show, and appearances on Granada and Celebrity Five Go Dating.

In March 2005, Tamara was one of the contestants on series three of The Games and won the bronze medal.

In 2006, she appeared on the reality television programmes Australian Princess and American Princess during which she offered advice to the competitors.

In 2007, she was a contestant on Sky One's reality show Cirque de Celebrité.


Prince Władysław Czartoryski (1828-1894)
Prince Adam Ludwik Czartoryski (1872–1937)
Princess Marguerite of Orléans (1846-1893)
Prince Augustyn Józef Czartoryski (1907-1946)
Count Ludwik Józef Krasiński (1833-1895)
Countess Maria Ludwika Krasińska (1883–1958)
Magdalena Kieżgajło (1861-1945)
Adam Karol Czartoryski (b. 1940)
Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta (1841-1934)
Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870-1949)
Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1851-1938)
Princess Maria de los Dolores of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1909-1996)
Prince Philippe, Count of Paris (1838-1894)
Princess Louise of Orléans (1882-1958)
Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans (1848-1919)
Tamara Laura Czartoryska (b. 1978)
Ferdynand Picciotto (1914-1996)
Eleonora Picciotto (b. 1942)
Edith Rothenberg (b. ca. 1920)


  1. ^ "Dlaczego Tamara Czartoryska poszła na wojnę z rodziną? Bajka o nieroztropnym księciu, złej macosze i niegrzecznej księżniczce". Wyborcza (in Polish). 21 April 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e McFerran, Ann (8 May 2005). "Prince Adam and Princess Laura Tamara". The Times. Retrieved 16 July 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Tamara Czartoryska poszła z rodziną na wojnę. Ojciec starszy córkę procesem". Newsweek.pl (in Polish). 26 April 2018. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  4. ^ Gazur, Łukasz (2018-05-16). "Nowe fakty w sprawie Czartoryskich. Adam Karol Czartoryski pozywa córkę Tamarę. Ona ujawnia nowe informacje". Dziennik Polski (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  5. ^ Szymański, Damian; Maja 18 21:56, 13; 176 813 (2018-05-13). "Adam Czartoryski nie wytrzymał. Składa pozew przeciwko córce Tamarze. "Zrobił to z ciężkim sercem"". Business Insider (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ ""Nienawidzi Polski i Polaków". Tamara Czartoryska pozwana przez ojca". www.tvp.info (in Polish). 14 May 2018. Retrieved 2020-07-06.