"Rest in Peace, Lee," Carole Radziwill wrote to accompany a throwback photograph of her late mother-in-law Lee Radziwill, who died Friday at the age of 85

By Jen Juneau
February 18, 2019 09:54 AM
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Carole Radziwill has some sweet words for her late mother-in-law, Lee Radziwill.

After the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at her home in New York City Friday at the age of 85, Carole shared a touching tribute to the late style icon and former princess on Instagram.

The Real Housewives of New York City alum, 55, shared a stunning throwback snapshot of Lee, who smiled for the camera as her straight hair flowed over her shoulders.

“She was loved. ❤️ Rest in Peace, Lee,” Carole wrote to accompany the black-and-white photograph.

Addressing her followers, Carole added, “Thank you for the kind words & comments. 🙏”

Tragically, Lee’s son Anthony Radziwill — who married Carole in 1994 — died from cancer in 1999 just a few weeks after his cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr. The two had been as close as brothers.

Radziwill’s daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill, told the New York Times that her mother died of natural causes.

The daughter of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou “Black Jack” Bouvier, Radziwill grew up in New York City and East Hampton and attended Miss Porter’s School, along with her sister Jackie. She developed a passion for art, interior design, writers and fashion that continued throughout her life and made her a style icon for decades.

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Designer Tory Burch was among the stars who paid tribute to Lee over the weekend.

“We are heartbroken and I will miss our dear friend. Rest In Peace, Lee Radziwill,” she wrote in a tweet.

Lee Radziwill in 1967
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Lee was first married to Michael Canfield, while Jackie worked as a young photographer in Washington, D.C. But it was Jackie’s marriage to John F. Kennedy in 1953 that catapulted her into “another life.”

As Lee wrote in her memoir Happy Times, “With the wedding, Jackie’s destiny led to another life. As the wife of the President of the United States, she was extremely busy. She had to travel a lot, and liked to have me with her as we were very close.”

“Apart from great mutual affection, I think our strongest bond was a shared sense of humor, which was endlessly enjoyable,” she shared.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill in 1970
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Lee Radziwill and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1951
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Following her divorce from Canfield, Lee married the Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, with whom she had two children: Anna Christina and Anthony.

Lee later married Hollywood director Herbert Ross, whom she divorced in 2001, and was a public relations executive for Italian designer Giorgio Armani.

In her later years, Lee gave a few interviews about her legendary life. In 2013, she told the Times, “Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven’t are either liars … or narcissists.”