Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy’s home in Paris has been robbed. French newspaper “Le Parisien” and other media report that the burglary took place on Friday, 19 July in the French home of the Italian prince and his wife. No one in the family was home when the robbery occurred. The robbery was discovered later that same day by Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the wife of Prince Emanuele.
French Police are actively investigating the case in the theft of what is described as family jewels. Some newspapers have reported that the value of these items is at least in the range of €500.000.
French police have admitted that it will be hard to resolve this case given that this kind of burglary is rarely the work of amateurs. French media on site said that French police carried out extensive investigations both inside the royal apartment and in the neighbourhood around. Surveillance videos from cameras on the streets and in nearby stores have also been obtained.
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Venice is a member of the House of Savoy and the son and heir of Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia. He is the only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. He grew up as an exile from Italy, in accordance with the provision of the Italian constitution prohibiting the male issue of the Savoy Kings of Italy from entering or staying on Italian territory. He is also a second cousin of King Philippe of the Belgians. All male members of the Savoy family were banned from entering Italy in 1948, a law which was first repealed in 2002.
Last year his name came up when he called for the restoration of Italy’s monarchy and the foundation of brand new monarchist party to lead Italy towards the monarchy. Prince Emmanuel also called for a repeal of Article 139, which prevents any questioning of the republic.