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Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples

Victor Emmanuel (full name in Italian, Vittorio Emanuele (IV) Alberto Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernardino Gennaro Maria, born February 12, 1937) is Prince of Naples, current head of the House of Savoy and Pretender to the Italian Throne. He was born in Naples to Umberto II, the last king of Italy and Princess Marie JosÚ of Belgium[?].

After an 11-year engagement, Vittorio Emmanuel, then a banker and helicopter salesman, married Swiss biscuit heiress Marina Doria (born Geneva, February 12, 1935) in Tehran on October 7, 1971. A gold-medal-winning trick-ski champion, Doria -- a daughter of RenÚ Ricolfi Doria and Iris Benvenuti -- also had been a star attraction at the Florida amusement park Cypress Gardens in the 1950s, highlights that did not endear the groom's father to the marriage, which the former king refused to attend. The Prince and Princess of Naples have one son, Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Rene Maria, Prince of Venice, born Geneva, June 22, 1972, who is presently (June 2003) engage to a French actress.

On the night of August 17/18, 1978, off the island of Cavallo[?] (Corsica), disturbed by a late night party, and armed with a rifle, he attempted to board a yacht anchored near his to recover a rubber dinghy. He was accused of shooting at and missed a passenger he had awakened, but hit Dirk Hamer, a passenger on another yacht nearby. Victor Emmanuel admitted civil liability for the shooting in a letter dated August 28, 1978. Mr. Hamer died of his wounds on December 7, 1978, and Victor Emmanuel was arrested. On October 11, 1989, Victor Emmanuel was indicted on charges of fatal wounding and offensive weapons possession, but the Paris Assize Court found him guilty on November 18, 1991, of unauthorised possession of a US30MI rifle only, acquiting him of the fatal wounding and unintentional homicide charges.

His name was found in the list of Licio Gelli's "P2" masonic lodge.

In 2002, a provision in the Italian constitution that barred the male descendants of the House of Savoy to setting foot in the Italian Republic was abolished, permitting Victor Emmanuel to re-enter the country after November 10. On his first trip home in over half a century, he and the Princess of Naples paid a courtesy call on Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

See also: House of Savoy

External links:

  1. Genealogy of recent members of the House of Savoy (http://www.chivalricorders.org/royalty/gotha/italygen.htm)
  2. a photo of his (http://www.chivalricorders.org/royalty/gotha/italia.htm)

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