Royal House of Savoy current events 1: 2002- March 2007

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Pricess Maria Beatrice di Savoia (Titti), her late husband Luis Reyna and their late son Raffaello at his christening in 1972 (Olycom)
Titti and her Mom, Queen Maria José in 1943 (olycom)

Prince Vittorio Emanuele and his sisters : Maria Beatrice, Maria Pia and Maria Gabriella when they were young.
A vintage photo of Princess Maria Pia di Savoia and her kids. two pairs of twins (olycom)
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A vintage photo of Princess Maria Pia di Savoia and her kids. two pairs of twins.
Princess Maria Pia married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia in 1955. Their four children:

• Prince Dimitri 1958
• Prince Michael 1958

• Prince Serge 1963
• Princess Helen 1963

The father of Serge and Helen is "probably" Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, who was married to Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel at the time.

Maria Pia and Alexander divorced in 1967.
He married Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein in 1973;
She married Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003.
so she and prince michel had to be togetehr after all.....
Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy and wife Marina Doria at the Villa Pallavicino during their visit in Genova , Italy.
Prince Victor Emanuel stands at the balcony where his grand grand father was acclaimed by the people during a visit on 1892.
Genova Palazzo Pallavicino , Italy on May 4 , 2006.

from dpa

Harry's polo shirt said:
how did Raffaello die?
I think he accidentally fell from a window of his college in Boston in April 1994.
Yes this what they officially said, but Raffaello was reported to have suffered from depression, like his Mom also had. She often attempted to kill herself when she was young.
The second voting in the Italian Parliament to choose the president of the Republic concluded today without no of the candidates reached the majority necessary to replace the present head of the State, Car it Azeglio Ciampi. …
The secret character of the vote caused that some voters gave to null problems in favor of personalities like Maria Gabriella de Saboya, daughter of the last king of Italy, Umberto II;
One of the canditate standing for president of the Republic is the splitting image of King Umberto II of Savoy. Of course there were rumors about his startling resemblance with the last King of Italy. He has always supported the Italian Communist Party (today's Democratic party of the Left), ironically. However his comrades nicknamed him "Prince", and former PM Berlusconi has always referred to him as "His Majesty".
(Giorgio Napolitano/from
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Prince Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy with wife Marina Doria at Villa Pallavicino.

from zumapress

The wedding of Vittorio Emanuele and MArina Doria on the cover of "OGGI"
I took a glance at different italian sites- panorama,corriere,il tempo are reproducing the same text.
The prince was arrested this afternoon, in the same affair are involved about 20people.
They are accused of corruption, recycling, incentive to corruption.
The articles were talking also about market of videogames for gambling and girls destinated to work as prostitute in Casino royal.
I'm shocked, it's true I never liked this family for their behaviour not only no royal but from being a "parassite" ( they were called like this by italian press) to being arrested is a big step.
I remember a huge article dedicated to this family by Panorama few years ago when eventually they were allowed to come back to Italy ( I mean males because the law forbidding the return regarded only males descendant)- it was difficult to find something positive about them.
Just royals nothing- to-good.

It's very sad because for me being royal means behave better and be a model example for others (or at least try to do like this)
Vittorio Emanuele and Marina Doria current events, part 1

Italian king's son arrested

From: Reuters
From correspondents in Rome

June 17, 2006

PRINCE Victor Emmanuel, the 69-year-old son of Italy's last king, was arrested on overnight as part of an investigation into corruption and prostitution, a judicial source said.

The source confirmed reports by news agencies ANSA and AGI and state television RAI, which said Victor Emmanuel was arrested in the northern city of Lecco as part of a probe by magistrates based in the southern city of Potenza. Reports said investigators suspected him of having contacts with the Sicilian Mafia and of helping procure prostitutes for clients of a gambling casino in Campione d'Italia, an Italian enclave on Lake Lugano near the Swiss border.
Victor Emmanuel, who was 9 years old when the royal family went into exile, was involved in what ANSA called "criminal association abetting prostitution".,10117,19497310-401,00.html?from=rss
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Vitorio Emanuele arrested

Prince Victor Emmanuel, grandson of Italy's last king, was reportedly arrested on suspicion of links to criminals involved in corruption and prostitution.

"I am stunned," Emmanuel Philibert, Victor Emmanuel's son, told Italian television, talking of "yet another publicity stunt".
"I hope (the prosecutor) is sure of his charges, or it will be the last time he does anything," said Philibert, who is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.
"They took him, they removed his mobile phone and are in the process of taking him to Potenza. They treated him like a bandit. You don't treat a man of 70 with health problems like that."
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This is shocking that they would arrest him. What does it mean, "Emmanuel Philibert, Victor Emmanuel's son, told Italian television, talking of "yet another publicity stunt"."? Do they think that this is only coming up so that the Italian Royals can be in the spotlight? Someone, please explain.
:eek: At first I thought this was a hoax item until the other reports started filtering in. This had to be a tremendous blow to Marina, Emmanuel, and the Savoie family. :( :(
This is pretty startling news. The charges against him seem pretty shocking, too -- a prince helping Mafia members get prostitutes?

I don't know much about him, but as he had no throne to rule, what has he done all these years to earn a living and such? And could such relations with the mafia be plausible for him?

I wonder how the other royals may react to this bit of news? For the likes of Juan Carlos, it may just be further confirmation that Victor Emmanuel is absolutely persona non grata at the Spanish court.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops.
This is very sad. I can't say that I feel bad for Vittorio Emanuele, because if this is true, and I am inclined to believe that it is, he brought it upon himself. I feel bad for his wife, Marina Doria, as well as his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.

Regarding the incident at the wedding of The Prince of Asturias, Vittorio Emanuele began arguing with his cousin, The Duke of Aosta, and Vittorio punched his cousin. His cousin fell and was caught by HM Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes. HM King Juan Carlos I reportedly stormed out of the palace (the Palacio Real in Madrid) shouting "nunca mas," which translates to "never again." That is what I had heard.
Thanks BCT88.
It's too bad now they were able to go back to Italy and Filiberto and Clothilde are trying to bring some closure to the bad feelings associated with their family in the WW II. This will be another hard blow to recover from.
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Poor Emanuele Filiberto,he is trying very hard to improve the family picture and his father simply destroy everything.
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