The Tsarina Alexandra, wife of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II (image), was desperate to provide a male heir. The Pauline Laws, ordered long before by Tsar Paul I, dictated that only the eldest living son of the monarch could inherit the throne. Alexandra had given birth to daughters, but none of them could become the Russian ruler.
Olga, Tatiana, and Marie had all been born, and there was grumbling amongst many Russians. Then, the Tsarina Alexandra heard about Philippe Vachot, a purported holy man from France. In 1901 a meeting between Vachot, the Tsar, and the Tsarina occurred. At this time Alexandra, nicknamed “Alix”, was already pregnant. Nonetheless, Vachot employed “astral medicine” to help cause the yet-unborn child to be a son. Vachot advised Alix to bathe in moonlight whenever the astrology was propitious.
The child was born and it was a girl, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, born June 18, 1901. (Her sun sign therefore was Gemini.) But Vachot explained to the Tsar and Tsarina he had arrived too late. The Tsarina had already been pregnant, hence his magic had failed.
Early in 1903, Alix again seemed to be pregnant. Once more, Vachot worked his magic. His reputation was on the line: he was under pressure to cause a son to be born. In September 1903, Alix began to experience apparent labor pains. Some say it was a false pregnancy, but others say a secret daughter was born. Later, in July 1904, a son, Alexei, was born. His mission accomplished, Vachot returned to France. But before he left, Vachot foretold that soon another holy man would come to take his place. And sure enough, in 1905, Grigori Rasputin was introduced to the Tsarina.
Around 1960, in Germany, Alexis Milukoff, a Russian emigre, cultivated contact with Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia (image). After Milukoff had gained her trust he conducted a series of tape-recorded interviews with Anna/Anastasia. These tapes were later obtained by James Blair Lovell, authorized biographer of Anna Anderson. Transcripts from these tapes revealed that during the time of the Tsarina’s “false pregnancy”, in fact a daughter had been born. Alix had been narcoticized and did not know she had actually given birth. Vachot did not want his reputation ruined (since the baby was a girl, not a boy as he had promised) and with the complicity of Princess Alice of Battenberg, niece of the Tsarina, concealed the hidden birth. The child was whisked away and eventually went by the name Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes. “The girl,” Anna/Anastasia told Milukoff, “was given to some people who were in Russia, and just happened to be Dutch people.”
Princess Alice of Battenberg, involved in the subterfuge, married Prince Andrew of Greece in the same year as the secret birth. They were, in turn, the parents of Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Offspring of Philip and Elizabeth are therefore Battenbergs. Rasputin had foretold, “When a Battenberg becomes king of England, all is at the end.” (Background: Rasputin’s Prediction For Britain, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 23, 2014.)
Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes resided in Doorn, Holland, in the vicinity of the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser married Princess Hermine of Reuss in 1922, after his first wife died. Hermine, in turn, was a close friend and supporter of Anna Anderson. (Due to the terms of his abdication, the Kaiser had to avoid politics. He therefore was prevented from himself meeting with the controversial Anna Anderson.)
James Blair Lovell traveled from America to Holland and arrived there on September 29, 1989. He found that Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes (who died on November 25, 1968) had had a son, Antoon van Weelden (last name from the first husband of Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes). The “astral medicine” of Philippe Vachot while de Graaf-Hemmes had been in the Tsarina’s womb may have given her paranormal abilities: she had been in her life a faith healer. The secret daughter of the Tsar had been raised in Holland by Leendert Johannes Hemmes, a piskijker (one who reads your health by psychically examining your urine). Vachot, the French psychic, had handed off the secret daughter to a Dutch psychic, it seems.
Lovell tracked down Mr. and Mrs. van Weelden and interviewed them. The couple had once met with Margda Boodts, who claimed to be the surviving Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, eldest child of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. It turns out that Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes, the secret daughter, had once herself met with Margda/Olga and that the escaped eldest daughter of the Russian imperial family had accepted de Graaf-Hemmes as her lost sister. As for Anna Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. van Weelden had no doubt: Yes, Anna was Anastasia, they both agreed. Antoon van Weelden’s mother, Alexandra de Graaf-Hemmes, had even met with Anna/Anastasia at least once, sometime in the 1950s.
(Source: Anastasia, by James Blair Lovell. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991)