I have no opinion on the merits of the story concerning Baroness Scotland but whatever the truth behind this, it is deeply harmful to the name of the Constantinian Order and the Duke of Calabria wants it made clear that this is nothing whatsoever to do with the Order of which he is Grand Master.
For those who worked for a reconciliation between the two sides and who hoped that the practice of "exchanging decorations" by the junior line's Order with various minor states and republics (including Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, etc) would end, this is a deeply regrettable story
Coupled with the decision of the Duke of Castro to declare that he had changed the succession and renounced the Naples agreement, it is even sadder.
The Duke of Calabria wrote a polite and generous letter to his cousin the Duke of Castro on 28 May seeking to reaffirm the reconciliation, but the letter did not even receive a reply. The agreement had laid down precisely that the mutual recognition of titles was for the holders on each line and their descendants - the Duke of Castro wrote a letter to the Spanish newspaper ABC stating that the recognition was limited to the then holders, which is not what the agreement he signed and which is widely published actually said. He has now conferred the title of Duchess of Calabria on his daughter (having previously offered it to Prince Antoine of the Two Sicilies, who has not supported this 'change of succession' however).
The Duke of Calabria does not object to reaching out to help relieve deprivation in the Caribbean states, nor to the reconstruction of Cathedrals or assistance to schools - quite the reverse. He does, however, strongly object to the Constantinian Order being awarded in return for honours from these states and for the award of the Order for political purposes of any kind. This is not the purpose of the Order. It has never previously had any connection with these states although there were Spanish- American members of the Order in the late 16th and 17th centuries.
He also denies the legitimacy of awards of the Order of Francis I of the Two Sicilies, founded on 28 September 1829 as an award of civil merit for distinction in public service, science, the arts, agriculture, industry and commerce. The king was grand master, and it was awarded initially in five classes, grand cross with star, commander, knight and a gold and silver medal. By a reform of 21 December 1858, these were extended to eight classes, grand cordon (or grand cross with riband), grand cross, commander with star, commander, knight first class, knight second class, and two medals. The grand cordon and grand cross were only awarded to gentleman who had been of the greatest service to the crown and state while the other grades were primarily intended to award civil servants or the clergy, but were occasionally given to private citizens. The Italian ministry of foreign affairs has refused to accept that this Order is one capable of being recognised as a non-national Order for which authorisation can be given because it categorises it as a state merit Order.
This Order cannot possibly have any relevance in today's world since Italy has been a unitary state since 1860/61. It was revived by the junior line in 1999 supposedly as an award for inter-faith services. Whatever the merits of this it is certain that it would have been incomprehensible to King Francis I who founded it and after whom it is named.
Unfortunately an Italian news web site has been persuaded to make a series of dishonest and false accusations against the Duke of Calabria and his family presumably in an attempt to discredit him, while publishing multiple photos of the Duke and Duchess of Castro at a wide variety of celebrity events and parties. The Duke and Duchess of Calabria have no interest in this kind of social round anyway but the personal attacks on them are very distasteful.
: --Previous Message--
: Maybe Guy Stair Sainty refers to this
: http://www.constantinian-caribbean.org/ ?
: It seems to be a 'counter-order' to the
: Constantinian Order of which The Duke of
: Calabria is Grand Master.
: edit: In this link on the site
: realcasadiborbone.it is the foundation of
: this caribbean branch of the Constantinian
: Order of St George announced (and The Duke
: of Castro is called Grand Master of the
: Order) - less than a year after the paper of
: reconciliation was signed...
: --Previous Message--
: We hoped that the prospect of reconciliation
: would encourage change, but the recent
: reports of the adventures in the Caribbean
: seem to indicate otherwise.
: Can you expand on "the adventures i the
: Caribbean" ?
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