An Instagram model is to inherit the title of would-be Queen of Italy after the current king passes away.
Most people don’t know that Italy was a monarchy and the House of Savoy held the title of King of Italy until the last king, Umberto II, was exiled in 1946 when Italy became a republic. However, the house still remains and now of Italy’s last king, Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, has announced his granddaughter, an Instagram influencer, will inherit his legacy.
This decision goes against the Italian tradition that only allows men to ascend the throne. In a formal decree, ‘Duke of Savoy, Prince of Naples and by the grace of God direct heir to Head of the Royal House of Savoy’ removed the restriction of purely male heirs. This has allowed Vittoria Cristina Chiara Adelaide Maria to be able to lead her family’s claim to reinstate the throne of Italy.
Vittoria says that this was the best gift her grandfather gave her. However, the influencer won’t be met with open arms in Italy. In fact, The New York Times found most people in Carignano, the ancestral home of Vittorio Emanuele’s branch of the family, didn’t know who she was. This is largely because of the dwindling importance of the former Italian monarchy.
For those who don’t know, Italian monarchy was abolished 75 years ago by Mussolini when Italy was declared a republic. This led to the exile of the Italian monarchy. Nonetheless, Vittoria would not be exiled as a woman.
When she was asked whether her people would accept her or not, she said,
“Italy is not really progressive, but they will learn.”
While this may sound slightly threatening, the country doesn’t seem to be concerned. This situation is a result of a long-lasting family dispute. The distant family of Vittoria, the Aosta family, believe they should have a claim to the throne; needless to say, their reaction to the situation has been rather negative.
Emanuele Filiberto, Vittoria’s father, said,
“They [the Aosta] were thinking that me, not having any sons, they would finally have what they were waiting for, for 150 years. They got screwed, and they got pissed.”
It looks like the dispute is far from over and Vittoria will face some difficulties.
Article source: Unilad