Articles, postings on various internet forums, and Facebook comments by Romanians who seem to be devoted to King Michael, and were also supportive of Nicholas and his princely duties, can quite readily be found that point to this being the more likely scenario. Not long after the "fall" of Nicholas, there was an open breach between Marilena Rotaru, a fairly well-known journalist who produced a weekly TV programme on the RF as well as had many interactions with them over the years, and the establishment of Princess Margarita and Radu. Rotaru remains deferential to the King, but has not had a rapprochement with the Princess and her husband. This is only one example of reactions that have been directed at Princess Margarita and Radu, yet not interestingly at the King, after Nicholas was forced out.
King Michael is ninety-five years old, suffering from poor health, has not been out of Switzerland for the past couple of years, and was not allowed to see his grandson after the death of Queen Anne, according to Nicholas' own statements, IIRC. The king did not sign the Fundamental House Rules granting succession rights to his female offspring and their descendants until 2007. Since then, his presence as a figure in the PR machine of the RH in Romania seems to have waned to the point where it is practically nonexistent today. For Christmas this year at Săvârșin, Princess Margarita with her husband and Princess Marie were joined at the local church service by the Dudas. That is a first. The Dudas were never seen with the RF at events in Romania when King Michael (and/or Queen Anne and/or Prince Nicholas) figured into the equation.
It can be strongly argued that the King would have made an excellent constitutional monarch, because, if one looks at his real legacy, he was. Michael functioned as a remarkably effective leader for his country in insanely difficult times.
It might be unfair to judge HM for actions that have been attributed to his name but for which he may have had no actual responsibility, besides signing his name to what was put in front of him.
: You seem to be suggesting that the Head of the
: Family will suddenly show respect for the
: traditional rules of succession, when in the
: past decade there is no evidence of this.
: The King has never respected the Romanian
: laws of succession. He gave his daughters
: succession rights against the laws set down
: when Romania was a monarchy.
: Then King Michael made his grandson an heir
: and gave him a title and then took it away
: at whim, with no proper explanation. The
: King’s daughter Irina had inheritance
: rights, then those of her AND her children
: were taken away at whim because of an
: indiscretion on Irina’s part, not her
: When it comes to succession rights, Michael
: has behaved like a family dictator, gifting
: rights and then taking them away from
: individuals when it suits him.
: It is creating a dangerous precedent for his
: descendants and given Michael’s own problems
: with his half sibling and his descendants,
: you would have thought he’d know better than
: to store up future family conflict.
: I’m not sure why we should assume, then that
: after Margarita, her sister Elena’s
: descendants will have priority in the next
: generation. Surely it will be whoever is
: best suited to cooperate with Margarita and
: At the moment that seems to be Margarita’s
: youngest sister.
: If we assume Nicholas is out for good (being
: called immoral by her grandfather is hard to
: recover from, unless Nicholas can twist that
: his grandfather was controlled by Prince
: Radu, that might work given Radu’s
: unpopularity), why would Karina get mixed up
: with her grandfather and aunt and commit
: herself and her future to Romania?
: After what happened to her brother?
: Nicholas put in a decade of work trying to
: re-brand himself as a Romanian and a Prince
: and it all got ripped away from him.
: On a separate note are Irina and her
: children just going to sit back and allow
: the others to inherit everything when the
: King dies? I am sure that a canny lawyer
: might be able to assist them and cause lots
: of problems and drag matters out in an
: embarrassing way.
: Of course we could see the resurgence of
: Nicholas when the King dies. Will he
: position himself as an alternative to his
: aunt and her unpopular husband?
: On paper the King and his eldest daughter
: have managed to position themselves at the
: heart of Romanian society. If Margarita had
: children of her own, it might have been
: easier but she doesn’t.
: By behaving the way they have done, the King
: and Margarita have potentially created
: powerful enemies within their own family,
: who could cause significant problems in the
: You would have thought they would have
: planned better.
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