Saturday 24 August 2019

Romanian royal family reports ex-king's grandson to police

The former King Michael of Romania (AP/ Octav Ganea)
The former King Michael of Romania (AP/ Octav Ganea)

Romania's royal house has filed a complaint with Swiss police alleging the estranged grandson of the ailing ex-King Michael tried to force his way into his grandfather's home.

The royal house said that Nicholas Medforth-Mills attempted "to violate the home of His Majesty" in Switzerland.

It said in a statement that Medforth-Mills "physically and verbally aggressed" three staff members.

Medforth-Mills, 32, accused his relatives of doing their "utmost to stop me seeing my grandfather and discredit my name".

The royal house announced this week that the former king's health had deteriorated. He is suffering from leukaemia and a form of skin cancer.

Michael, 96, was Romania's last king and is one of the few leaders from the years of the Second World War still living.

He occupied the throne during 1927-1930 and again from 1940 until 1947, when communists forced him to abdicate.

He stripped Medforth-Mills of his royal title in 2015. Stunned Romanians speculated that a jealous relative wanted to edge the grandson out of the prestigious family.

The popular Medforth-Mills was third in the line of succession. In real terms, the title means little, as Romania became a republic when Michael abdicated.

The head of the royal house bestows honours and looks after the family's properties.


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