Şehzade Mehmed Ertuğrul

Şehzade Mehmed Ertuğrul
Born 5 November 1912
Vahdettin Pavilion, Çengelköy, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (present day Istanbul, Turkey)
Died 2 July 1944(1944-07-02) (aged 31)
Cairo, Egypt
Abbas Hilmi Pasha Mausoleum, Cairo, Egypt
Turkish: Şehzade Mehmed Ertuğrul
Ottoman Turkish: شہزادہ محمد ارطغرل
Dynasty Ottoman
Father Mehmed VI
Mother Müveddet Kadın
Religion Sunni Islam

Şehzade Mehmed Ertuğrul (Ottoman Turkish: شہزادہ محمد ارطغرل; 5 November 1912 – 2 July 1944) was an Ottoman prince, the only son of Sultan Mehmed VI and his wife Müveddet Kadın.

Early life

Ertuğrul (second from right) at her half-sister Sabiha's (third from right) wedding, 29 April 1920

Şehzade Mehmed Ertuğrul was born on 5 June 1912[1] in his father's mansion in Çengelköy.[2] His father was Mehmed VI, son of Abdulmejid I and Gülüstü Hanım.[3] His mother was Müveddet Kadın,[4] daughter of Kato Davut Çıhcı and Ayşe Hanım.[5] He was the only son and fourth child born to his father and the only child of his mother.[3] Ertuğrul was educated privately. His tutor was Kaymakam Emin Bey, who taught literature in the imperial school.[6]

Life in exile

When his father left Turkey on 17 November 1922, he only took Ertuğul with him, and a small number of Palace officials with him.[7][8][9] The other members of the family, including his mother, later joined them in Sanremo in 1924. He and his mother were assigned one floor in his father's villa. After his father's death in 1926, Ertuğrul, who was then fourteen years old, left his mother, and went to live in with in elder half-sister, Sabiha Sultan.[2]

His mother meanwhile went to Egypt, married a Turk there, and then taking the advantage of the law allowing the widows of the sultans to return to Turkey, moved back to Istanbul, and settled in the mansion in Çengelköy, which she jointly owned. Ertuğrul always refused to accept his mother's second marriage, and never saw her again. He was then enrolled in a boarding school in Grasse, where he studied for several years.[2]

Ertuğrul was often seen at the Maadi Sporting Club lurking in the shady alleys separating the tennis courts from the swimming pool. Certain wags claimed the prince hung around blind spots in anticipation of ambushing unsuspecting Maadi belles. In fact, the result of a failed ambush led to his suspension from the club for an entire month.[10]


Ertuğrul died at the age of thirty-one at Cairo, Egypt on 5 November 1944. He had fallen sick during a tennis match, and died few hours later[11][12] of an unidentified illness.[13] He was buried in the mausoleum of Abbas Hilmi Pasha, Cairo.[3]




  1. ^ Bardakçı 2017, pp. xvi, 94.
  2. ^ a b c Bardakçı 2017, p. 94.
  3. ^ a b c Adra, Jamil (2005). Genealogy of the Imperial Ottoman Family 2005. pp. 35–36.
  4. ^ Bardakçı 2006, p. 164.
  5. ^ Açba, Leyla (2004). Bir Çerkes prensesinin harem hatıraları. L & M. p. 74. ISBN 978-9-756-49131-7.
  6. ^ Kırpık, Cevdet (2010). II. Meşrutiyet’ten Sonra Şehzade Eğitiminde Değişim. SDÜ Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi. pp. 99–130. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  7. ^ Brookes, Douglas Scott (2010). The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher: Voices from the Ottoman Harem. University of Texas Press. pp. 271 n. 68. ISBN 978-0-292-78335-5.
  8. ^ Kadir Misiroǧlu (1974). Osmanoǧlullari'nin drami: elli gurbet yili (1924-1974). Sebil Yayinevi. p. 199.
  9. ^ Bardakçı 2006, p. 39.
  10. ^ "MAADI'S OTTOMANS". egy.com. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  11. ^ Bardakçı 2006, p. 112.
  12. ^ Bardakçı 2017, p. xvi.
  13. ^ Bardakçı 2017, p. 10.
  14. ^ Salnâme-i Devlet-i Âliyye-i Osmanîyye, 1333-1334 Sene-i Maliye, 68. Sene. Hilal Matbaası. 1918. pp. 68–69.


  • Bardakçı, Murat (2017). Neslishah: The Last Ottoman Princess. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-9-774-16837-6.
  • Bardakçı, Murat (2006). Son Osmanlılar: Osmanlı hanedanının sürgün ve miras öyküsü. Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş.

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