Mehmed Orhan

Mehmed Orhan
Head of House of Osman
Term 9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
Predecessor Ali Vâsib
Successor Ertuğrul Osman
Born (1909-07-11)11 July 1909
Naime Sultan Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (Present day Turkey)
Died 12 March 1994(1994-03-12) (aged 84)
Nice, France
Spouse Nafiye Yeghen
Marguerite Irma Fournier
Issue Fatma Necla Sultan
Mehmed Selim Orhan (adopted)
House Imperial House of Osman
Father Şehzade Mehmed Abdülkadir
Mother Mihriban Hanım
Religion Islam

Mehmed Orhan (Ottoman Turkishمحمد اورخان 1) July 1909 – 5/12 March 1994) was the 42nd head of the Ottoman dynasty from 1983 to 1994. He succeeded as head of the Ottoman dynasty on 9 December 1983, following the death of Ali Vâsib. If reigning, he would have been styled as Sultan Orhan II.


He was born at Serencebey Palace or at Kızıltoprak, Asia Minor or according to Hamide Ayşe Sultan in Naime Sultan Palace. He was the son of Prince Şehzade Mehmed Abdülkadir, Captain of the Ottoman Army, by his third wife Mihriban Hanım and grandson of Abdul Hamid II by his fourth wife Empress Bidar Kadın.

Mehmed Orhan worked as a shipbuilder in Brazil, a taxi driver in Beirut and Damascus, a cemetery attendant in USA and an aide to King Zog of Albania. He died in Nice and was buried there.

In a 1990 feature in Life magazine, he said his legacy is "both sacred and laughable," and said, "To be Ottoman is to know how to breathe with time."[1]

Marriages and issue

Mehmed Orhan first married Nafiye Yeghen (Cairo, 1913 – ?) in January 1933, annulled in 1947. In 1944, he married a young pregnant French American Actress Marguerite Irma Fournier in Paris. He had a daughter by his first wife and a stepson by his second wife:


  1. "Kings in the Wings." Life. March 1990: 45.
Mehmed Orhan
Born: July 11 1909 Died: March 12 1994
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ali Vâsib
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1922
Succeeded by
Ertuğrul Osman
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