Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Ernest August of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig of Hanover  was born the second child and oldest son of Ernst August IV, Prince of Hanover, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick, Prince of Great Britain and Ireland and his wife Princess Ortrund on 26 February 1954. He has one older sister, Princess Marie, Countess of Hochberg, and four younger siblings-two sisters and two brothers. 

In August 1981, he married Chantal Hochuli, with whom he had two sons:
  •  Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph, in July 1983
  • Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Wilhelm-Ernst Friedrich Franz, in June 1985
They were divorced in October 1997. Two year later, he married Princess Caroline of Monaco, with whom he has one daughter:
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia, born in July 1999.
Over the last two decades, he has had his share of health and legal controversies. During the Expo 2000, he was photographed "relieving himself"on the Turkish Pavilion, which caused a diplomatic incident and compaint from the Turish Embassy accusing him of insulting the Turkish People. After this incident, he sued the magazines that published the photos on the grounds of invasion of privacy, and was awarded 9.900 euros {Source}. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and causing grievous bodily harm after allegedly beating a man with a knuckleduster in Kenya. It was this incident that he would appeal the ruling to and Princess Caroline would appear in court on his behalf in January 2010 {Source}. Due to various circumstances, Princess Caroline moved back to Monaco from the family's home in France with their daughter in June 2009, and the pair is rumored to have separated as they have not been seen publicly together since.

As for his health concerns, he was diagnosised  with a bought of pancreatitis when his father-in-law fell ill, and died in April 2005. His two elder sons represented him at their step-grandfather's funeral as he was still hosptialized. In July 2011, he was again diagnosed with pancreatitis, but was released from the hospital within days {Source}.

As a distant grandchild of George III, until his marriage to Catholic Princess Caroline, he was 400+ in line for the British throne. As of his marriage to the Catholic Princess, he is permenantly excluded, however his three Protestant children still remain in line.

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