“Radu Duda’s title of Hohenzollern is a farce”

Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern, heir of the Princely House from which the Royal House of Romania derives, spoke in an interview, given to the daily ‘Cotidianul,’ about the nobility and political ambitions of Radu Duda and the traditions of the House of Hohenzollern in a republican Germany. Thus, the future head of the House of Hohenzollern says how Radu Duda, son in law of King Mihai, received the title of Prince of Hohenzollern-Veringen from the father of His Highness at the beginning of 1999. In the summer of 2004 Radu Duda was proposed candidate for the dignity of member of Parliament by a party from Romania. “I criticized Radu Duda – and I maintain those declarations also today – that he wears illegally this title. This title cannot be granted to him. In this way I criticize also my father, something which displeases me. The House of Hohenzollern does not have the right to grant nobility titles in the present democratic German state,” declared Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern. The same added that, in theory, through marriage, Radu Duda can be called Prince of Hohenzollern assuming the name of his wife. “I believe that King Mihai insisted and convinced also my father to do it. Probably that my father wanted to make a gesture of friendship in the family and please King Mihai,” Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern added referring to how Radu Duda obtained the title of Prince. He also mentioned that he wrote to Radu Duda in the summer 2004, asking him to stop using the name of Hohenzollern-Veringen, but without any result.

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