Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoyson of the last king of Italy, died this Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, at age 86 and after a long exile. He is the last heir of Umberto IIwho held the throne briefly between May and June 1946, when the Italians became a Republic.
It was the Royal House of Savoy that confirmed the news with an official statement: “His Royal Highness Victor Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy and prince of naplespassed away gently in Geneva surrounded by his family.
The text specifies that the place and date of the funeral They will be announced in the next few hours.
The Prince's lawyer, Sergio Orlandi, stated that the death occurred during the morning, the AFP news agency reported.
The aristocrat left his country at the age of 9, exiled along with all male descendants of the royal house by the Constitution of 1946, as sanction for the collaboration of his grandfather, Victor Manuel III, with the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and the signing of two racial laws.
Victor Emmanuel of Savoy: exile, return and a life dotted with scandals and controversies
Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, born on February 12, 1937 in Naples, He was the patriarch of the house of Savoywho reigned in unified Italy from 1861 to 1946, and the son of the last monarch that Italy had.
Exiled, He returned to his country in December 2002, after the lifting of the exile voted by the Italian Parliament. To obtain it, he had to swear allegiance to the Republic, gesture that there was rejected for a long time.
In 1978 it was accused of shooting death to a young German tourist, Dirk Hamer, in the south of Corsica. After a long trial, the prince, who claimed his innocence, He was acquitted in 1991.
Netflix narrates this event in the series “In the shadow of the throne”, broadcast on the platform since July 2023.
In 2006 he was involved in a case of procuring and slot machines that earned him a week in prison and one month of house arrest.
The monarch married in 1970, in a civil marriage, the heiress of a rich family of Swiss industrialists of Italian origin, Marina Recolfi-Doria, a water skiing champion.
Víctor Manuel and Marina de Saboya, when they went to the royal wedding of King Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz. AP Photo
Because Umberto II was opposed to the marriage, the religious ceremony was held a year later in privacy and with the Shah of Iran as a witness.
With information from agencies.