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Old 08-19-2013, 01:19 PM
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Here in the USA, a person is presumed INNOCENT until proven guilty by a jury of one's peers. It is up to the prosecution to try and prove the charges with evidence, witnesses, etc. King Michael lives part of the year in Switzerland, and part of the year in Romania at the Elisabetha Palace and Savarin. The latter is their private home, which was returned to them, as was Sinaia and several other properties. Elisabetha Palace still belongs to the state, but Michael and his family have the right to live there, and it is a comfy family home, and used for official purposes for official visits, etc. Margarita and Radu have a prominent role within the country, as Nicholas is beginning to take on more duties within the family.

Irina's first husband was a very wealthy Swede. Her second husband is a former police officer and deputy sheriff. Her children are American. Millions of people come to the US each year for opportunity. Do you know how many royals attend American universities? Did you consider that Princess Sophie chose the school because of a program of study? I am the one who broke the news to two of Irina's sisters before the media got to them. I have been friends with Irina and other members of the family for many years. It is very upsetting, and I know I am distressed about this .. I cannot even imagine what it must be like for Irina's family. We only know the charges: we do not know the facts. Even if she is convicted, I will still be her friend. I will not comment further on this story, but remember, Irina and John are innocent until proven guilty
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:51 PM
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Thank you, Marlene!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:25 PM
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Do you know how many royals attend American universities? Did you consider that Princess Sophie chose the school because of a program of study?
Yes, and when I was in grad school, members of the Danish and Kuwaiti royal families were also students at the same university. I am also very familiar with UNC-Asheville.

It just seems to me as if some members of King Michael's family haven't really achieved a lot, which is unfortunate since (1) they could have, with their royal status, and (2) Romania needs them and could really benefit from their star power.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:33 AM
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HM the King used to teach the Lord's Prayer in Romanian to the 5 Princesses.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:32 PM
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I can tell you why one of this daughters attended UNC-Asheville......It's gorgeous up there. One of my favorite places to visit. There is a reason George W. Vanderbilt put this https://www.biltmore.com/visit/house...ns/default.asp, right in the middle of the Pisgah Forest. Such a great town with a unique atmosphere and no one up there would be the wiser to who she is.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:53 PM
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http://www.yafosphotography.com/abou...de_roumanie.ws

"After several years of working and exhibiting her art on both sides of the Atlantic, Princess Sophie's life changed radically in 1989 with the fall of communism in Romania. As vice president of The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation, an elite non-profit organisation contributing to the development of civil society in Romania, she committed herself to assisting the people of her country, especially the children, in their struggle to emerge from decades of tyranny.

Her first book, a collection of stories for children was published in Romania in 1995." (excerpt)
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:57 PM
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Princess Sofia is a well respected artist but she spends more of her life in France with her daughter.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:10 PM
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Isn't this thread supposed to be about the king's daughters?

I agree very much with Argie but I think this argument is in the wrong place.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:12 PM
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Isn't this thread supposed to be about the king's daughters?
I believe this thread took a side road after it was announced Princess Irina got in a bit of trouble recently in Oregon.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:16 PM
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I agree , Prince Nicholas has his own thread. Perhaps de moderators will delate
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:27 AM
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Marlène Koening is very closed to the Romanian and Serbian RF. She was personally their guest and she must be very upset about what happened with Princess irini.
She is certainly waiting for further informations about this sad affair and will inform right informations in Royal Musings.
Best regards Marlène and congratulations and thanks for cheering pictures of your private collection.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:16 AM
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Maria, I love how fancy you made my name with the accent :) Thank you for your kind remarks.

I stated on Royal Musings that I will not be writing about this case until a verdict, which is a news event. I have made it clear to all concerned that I will be a friend regardless of the outcome. I am upset, but my feelings do not compare at all to what Irina's family is going through at this time. They are all in my prayers and thoughts.

just want to add thank you for all the kind remarks.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:36 PM
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Posts discussing the position of Prince Nicolae have been moved to the Prince Nicolae thread.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:00 PM
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Well, we have been presented with some basic statements by the press and that's all for now. The law enforcement authorities have not released any further statements or information in regards to the situation so it doesn't do to make quick speculations or judgements.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:14 PM
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:30 PM
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The article states that Princess Irina lives in a mobile home, and the list of alleged crimes is very disturbing.

What would make royalty end up like that? Something is very, very, very, very wrong. King Michael could be heartbroken, although I'm sensing that there have been problems for years.

If this is the Royal Family, I wouldn't want it.
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What a pity! I am waiting for the verdict to be issued before I start ranting, but even the association with such crimes is undignified for anyone, let alone a princess.
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I'm just astounded that royalty would choose to live in a mobile home. Something is just way, way, way wrong.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:12 PM
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l live ~ 12 miles outside of Portland, Oregon and have easy access to the Oregonian newspaper including their online news, http://www.oregonlive.com/. The ongoing investigation continues to be reported locally with more details being revealed. The current article indicates Irina essentially was selling tacos and beer during the cockfights, which isn't exactly a federal crime (that I know of) - yet it is so unfortunate she has ended up in this environment. The trial date is set for Oct 15 and is expected to last ~ 2 weeks. My heart does go out to King Michael and family.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:23 PM
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The article you've provided doesn't sound encouraging. No, it's not a Federal crime to provide food, but being aware of what was going on could be damning. The only thing is to wait until further official info is released or the court trial.
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