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Emanuele Filiberto: “My first 50 years, from exile to freedom”

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Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, descendant and sole heir of the kings of Italy, has just turned 50 on 22 June. An important birthday for the Prince of Venice to retrace the history of his family, but also of our country, always respectful of the past, but with a curious look towards the future. In an exclusive interview with the French weekly ‘Point de vue’, he confessed, smiling, that “he does not feel the weight of advancing age. You must always have the desire, the strength, the will to continue to trace and plan life paths” . Many things have happened in these 50 years – he added – An existence divided into 2, mine, between exile and freedom. The first memories of Italy? When we were still in exile in Switzerland. Many monarchists came to visit us, we wanted to go with them, to get to know Italy. Only later did I understand the reasons for the refusal. But I was too young. I must have been 5, 6 years old at the most. But I received many postcards from Naples, Venice, Rome and I imagined traveling through these capitals. Then the end of the exile, it was December 23, 2022 “.” And as if suddenly the doors of my golden prison had opened wide. I was finally discovering freedom – continued Emanuele Filiberto – The first meeting was with the Holy Father, John Paul II. Unforgettable audience, and he is an extraordinary man. We talked about skiing. He wanted to know all the latest models and above all where I would go skiing in Italy. “Married to the French actress Clotilde Courau (great pomp back in September 25, 2003 in Rome, with a ceremony at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli) and father of two girls, Vittoria and Luisa, Emanuele Filiberto still confessed to the French weekly, “that he is absolutely aware that life has granted him a sort of ‘parachute dorè’, a golden parachute to face any possible problem, even if I have taught my daughters to know how to treasure this immense fortune “. Grandson of the last king of Italy, Umberto of Savoy and his wife, Maria José of Belgium, the prince of Venice was only 11 years old when the king of Maggio disappeared.” I very few memories of him, I was too young – he recalled in the long interview with ‘Point de vue’ – But I have indelible memories of my grandmother. Intelligent, brilliant woman, convinced anti-fascist. She talked to me about Italy and her exile, about World War II, about her encounters with Hitler and Mussolini, with D’Annunzio, Chaplin and Einstein. She lived next to us in Merlinge, together we took long walks in the park of the villa. I miss him very much “. Emanuele Filiberto is divided between France, where his family lives, and the United States, where part of his work is based, he is also responsible for some important charitable activities that donate sums of money to most needy. “I like to travel to Italy with my daughters, Italians are a wonderful people. And even if some monarchists have not approved some of my choices, participation in Dancing with the Stars on Rai1, for example, (and also the Sanremo Festival ed) I, on the contrary, have always wanted to show my true nature. My aunt Maria Pia wrote in her autobiography that I am the only one of the Savoy family who has managed to be loved by the Italians. Confirmed by my daughter Luisa. ‘Dad it’s terrible to be with you in Italy – he told me- It’s like being in Eurodisney with Mickey “. And on the’ crown jewels’ affair, Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia said:” The jewels of the Savoy private individuals who belong to our family, are not from the Italian Republic. Jewels once purchased by Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I and other ancestors. They have never been paid with the money of the Italian State. However, we are ready to continue our battle up to the court of Strasbourg “. And for next year Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia has launched what he calls” a new adventure. It is ‘Web 3’, a magical and ‘real’ universe between the past and the future, the game and the story, it will be called ‘Royal Land’ – he anticipated – Thanks and Netflix the new generations have fallen in love with Queen Elizabeth . I hope with this program to be able to bring together a large community of very faithful ‘confederates’ with a love for history and the values ​​embodied by European monarchies. Each viewer will be able to create a kingdom, in his own image and likeness. I hope there may also be some representatives of European crowned heads – he concluded – But at the moment it is still a bit early to give names “.

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