I make no comment on the allegations themselves, having seen or heard no evidence but its seem inconceivable the Government could produce a critical report about the Grand Duchess and then not recommend some ways to remedy the situation/prevent it happening again. If the Grand Duke refuses to accept negative conclusions (if they are made), which he has already made clear he will not, surely it creates a constitutional crisis?
Assuming the Prime Minister's report confirms the press reports, the Grand Duke will surely have no option but to abdicate or to essentially retire his wife, which it is also clear from this statement he will not.
The idea that she can continue in any official capacity if the Prime Minister concludes the allegations are factual seems inconceivable to me. The impartiality and judgement of the Grand Duke would also be brought into question.
By the way which brother-in-law is sick? I wasn't aware that Princess Margaretha or Archduchess Marie-Astrid's husband was sick or is referring to one of his wife's brothers-in-law?
« Back to index