WIFE became the world’s youngest gran – at just 23.
Mum-of-two Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria.
She urged the girl not to follow her example – but Maria gave birth to son Ion while only 11.
Rifca had married jewellery seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13.
They eloped because Rifca feared her father wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi, Romania. She was forgiven when she had her daughter – making her mum, also Maria, a great-gran at 40.
Son Nicolae was born a year later. The young mum later tried to persuade Maria to stay at school.
But Maria left to wed when she was ten – and had her baby six months later.
Rifca cuddled grandson Ion, now two, and said: “I am happy to be a grandmother but wished more for Maria.”
Britain’s youngest gran was an unnamed 26-year-old from Rotherham, Yorks. Her daughter, 12, gave birth in 1999.