Disinherited Romanian Prince Nicholas acquitted of assault in failed bid to see grandfather King Michael shortly before he died

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A Swiss court has acquitted disinherited Romanian royal Prince Nicholas of assault and forcing entry into the residence of King Michael of Romania in a vain attempt to see his dying grandfather.

His aunt, Princess Margareta, the custodian of the Romanian crown brought charges after her nephew tried to visit the ailing Michael in 2017 shortly before his death. The court dismissed these claims on Oct. 6, Eurohistory reported  this week.

Funeral service

Michael died in Switzerland on December 5, 2017 at the age of 96. Romania held a grand state funeral in Bucharest that was attended by European royals. The funeral service was led by the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Daniel.

The District Court of La Côte court heard that Nicholas Medforth-Mills, 36, had tried to visit his grandfather, Michael, Romania’s last king and a distant cousin to Queen Elizabeth II six times starting in 2015.

After Margareta told him the visit wasn’t permitted, he tried once more to be allowed into his home in Aubonne.

My only desire was to see my grandfather one last time, and to say goodbye to him in the most respectful, calm and Christian way possible,” he told the court.

After the ruling earlier this month, he hugged his lawyers. Margareta was not present for the verdict.


Line of succession

Nicholas who was Michael’s only grandson, was removed from the line of succession to the symbolic Romanian throne and stripped of his royal titles reportedly over a family feud in 2015.

The Swiss court was told that on Nov. 7, 2017, he tried to enter the royal family’s Swiss residence when two nurses arrived. As the acting head of the royal family, Margareta reportedly called police to the property. Michael had retired from public life in March 2016.

Eurohistory said that Michael had been a father figure for his grandson since his youth,

The court dismissed claims that Nicholas assaulted the nurses or that he trespassed on the property.

Unnamed relatives

The judge Lionel Guignard heard testimony from several unnamed relatives of the late king that he had asked to see his grandson. His requests were reportedly rebuffed by Margareta.

The court learned that King Michael had been suffering from cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

The issue of the king’s impairment and its possible influence on the August 2015 decision to remove his grandson from the succession was discussed in court. The judge did not make a ruling on the matter.

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