Nancy Gish wrote:
> And Marie was a countess, not a duchess--and the illigitimate daughter
> of the heir to the throne.
Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria, was a cousin to King Ludwig II of
Bavaria (Mad King Ludwig). He was one in a line of heirs to the
throne but I believe was never even an heir presumptive.
Wikipedia has this information on Marie. Unless someone snuck a
change past me since I last checked the information and dates it's
Countess Marie Louise Larisch von Moennich (also known as Countess
Marie Louise Larisch-Wallersee) (24 February 1858 - 4 July 1940),
niece and confidante of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, was born Marie
Louise Elizabeth Mendel in Augsburg, Bavaria, the illegitimate
daughter of Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria (1831-1920) and actress
Henriette Mendel (1833-1891).
Her father renounced, on 9 March 1859, his rights as firstborn son,
and Henriette (or Henrietta) Mendel was created Baroness of Wallersee
(Freifrau von Wallersee) on 19 May 1859 in preparation for their
morganatic marriage on 28 May 1859 in Augsburg. From 28 May 1859,
Marie was thus a Baroness of Wallersee (Freiin von Wallersee).
Marie was six months older than Crown Prince Rudolf. In Larisch's book
"My Past" she recounts a trip she took at 14 to visit her aunt, the
empress. She wrote: " The next evening we were invited to a family
dinner, and there I saw, for the first time since I was quite a tiny
child, my cousin the Crown Prince Rudolph."