Last crown prince of Italy dies

Last crown prince of Italy dies
Last crown prince of Italy dies
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Vittorio Emanuele in 2006

NOS Newstoday, 8:48 PM

Vittorio Emanuele, the last crown prince of Italy, has died at the age of 86. The prince died today in Geneva, Switzerland, the Italian royal family reports. He was the son of the last Italian king, Umberto II. He was forced to resign in 1946.

His grandfather Vittorio Emanuele III abdicated in 1946 in an attempt to save the royal family. During the Second World War, the former king had supported the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, and many Italians had lost confidence in the nobility as a result. His son Umberto II had been king for only 34 days when a referendum was voted to abolish the royal family. Members of the royal family were banished from the country.

The then 9-year-old Emanuele left for Switzerland with his family. There he fought for years against the ban on male members of the royal family from returning to Italy. After this law was abolished, he returned in 2002 for the first time since his exile.

Lawsuits

Emanuele has many scandals to his name. In 1978 he was accused of killing a 19-year-old German, Dirk Hamer, on a boat in Corsica. Emanuele had an argument with holidaymakers there, during the argument his gun went off.

The bullet hit Hamer, who was sleeping below deck. He died a few months later from his injuries. Emanuele was acquitted for his death, but received a suspended sentence for illegal possession of weapons.

In 2006 he was arrested in the Italian city of Potenza. He was accused of extortion and allegedly involved in prostitution. He was later acquitted of this as well.

In Potenza’s cell, he allegedly told a cellmate in a video how he had fooled the French judges in the Hamer case. Follow Emmanuele later said that video was fake.

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