Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia delves into the couple's four-year marriage—and the tragedy which broke their hearts—in her new memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince.
The two, who had long hoped for a baby, had a son together they named Amiir—Arabic for “prince." But Amiir, born Oct. 16, 1996, had Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, a rare genetic disorder, and lived just six days, according to an excerpt of the book obtained by PEOPLE.
Mayte says that Amiir’s death tore them apart and broke their hearts.
She was just 22 when she discovered she was pregnant, and Prince offered to move the family into his Paisley Park mansion.
The pregnancy was fine until Mayte went to get an amniocentesis to test her unborn baby for genetic abnormalities, but Prince wouldn’t agree to it because of the risk of miscarriage. “My husband said, ‘No, we’re not doing that,’” she writes.
With other tests, the doctor determined, “It’s possible that we’re seeing a form of dwarfism,” in the baby.
“My husband and I looked at each other and shrugged. ‘And?’ he said. ‘I’m totally fine with that.’ I laughed. Of all the possible outcomes that had been offered to us, this was the first one that didn’t terrify me.”
On Oct. 16, 1996, she delivered Amiir via c-section, saying Prince was in heaven. “I don’t know how to describe the look on my husband’s face. Pure joy…And then they held the baby up to those harsh lights. The elation on my husband’s face turned to pure terror.”
“Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities,” she writes. “The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in ‘cloverleaf skull,’ in which the eyes are outside the sockets. The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or pawlike appearance … I learned all of this later.”
The couple took Amiir him home, where Mayte found Prince praying on his knees, saying. “Please, bless this child…We know you won’t allow this child to be harmed.”
He died six days later.
Personal Space is Bravo's home for all things "relationships," from romance to friendships to family to co-workers. Ready for a commitment? Then Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.