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Princess Caroline of Monaco’s estranged husband Prince Ernst of Hanover, 67, finds love

Prince Ernst of Hanover, the estranged husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, has discovered love with a girl 20 years his junior, it has emerged.  

Ernst, 67, a distant cousin of the Queen, has been noticed out and about in Madrid with Spanish-born artist Claudia Stilianopoulos, 48, whose dad and mom had been pals with Princess Margaret.

The couple reportedly met in Ibiza in July and have change into shut, with some European information web sites even hinting marriage could possibly be on the playing cards. 

Ernst married Princess Caroline, sister of Prince Albert II and daughter of Prince Rainier III, in 1999 and share daughter Princess Alexandra, 22. They cut up in 2009 however have by no means divorced. 

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Royal romance: Prince Ernst of Hanover has been spotted out and about in Madrid with artist Claudia Stilianopoulos, whose parents were friends with Princess Margaret

Royal romance: Prince Ernst of Hanover has been noticed out and about in Madrid with artist Claudia Stilianopoulos, whose dad and mom had been pals with Princess Margaret

Sealed with a kiss: Ernst and Claudia shared a kiss outside a Madrid supermarket in October

Sealed with a kiss: Ernst and Claudia shared a kiss outdoors a Madrid grocery store in October

Married in Monaco: Ernst married Princess Caroline, sister of Prince Albert II of Monaco and daughter of Prince Rainier III, in 1999. Pictured, the couple at an event in 2000

Married in Monaco: Ernst married Princess Caroline, sister of Prince Albert II of Monaco and daughter of Prince Rainier III, in 1999. Pictured, the couple at an occasion in 2000

The royal, who’s caught up in a authorized battle together with his son, Ernst Jr, has dated a quantity of ladies within the years since, together with glamorous Portuguese socialite Countess Maria Madalena Bensaude. 

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However ‘none have promised as a lot’ as his flourishing relationship with Claudia, in line with Hola!, the Spanish model of shiny journal Hello!. 

Mother-of-two Claudia is an artist identified for her architectural sculptures. 

Her dad and mom had been José Manuel Stilianopoulos y Estela, often called Mike Stilianopoulos, a Philippine Ambassador to Britain within the late Nineteen Seventies, and Spanish socialite Esperanza Ridruejo, often called Pitita. 

The couple befriended Princess Margaret and provided her use of their villa in Marbella, Spain, for a stick with then boyfriend Roddy Llewellyn in 1979, shortly after her divorce from Anthony Armstrong-Jones. 

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Mike and Pitita, as they had been identified, settled in Madrid and have become fixtures of the Spanish social scene. Mike died in 2016, his spouse in 2019.

Spanish socialites: Claudia's parents were José Manuel Stilianopoulos y Estela, known as Mike Stilianopoulos, a Philippine Ambassador to Britain in the late 1970s, and Spanish socialite Esperanza Ridruejo, known as Pitita. Pictured, the couple in Madrid in 2012

Spanish socialites: Claudia’s dad and mom had been José Manuel Stilianopoulos y Estela, often called Mike Stilianopoulos, a Philippine Ambassador to Britain within the late Nineteen Seventies, and Spanish socialite Esperanza Ridruejo, often called Pitita. Pictured, the couple in Madrid in 2012

Royal connections: Mike and Pitita befriended Princess Margaret and offered her use of their villa in Marbella, Spain, for a stay with then boyfriend Roddy Llewellyn in 1979, shortly after her divorce from Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Pictured, Margaret and Roddy together in 1978

Royal connections: Mike and Pitita befriended Princess Margaret and provided her use of their villa in Marbella, Spain, for a stick with then boyfriend Roddy Llewellyn in 1979, shortly after her divorce from Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Pictured, Margaret and Roddy collectively in 1978

A low-key determine, Claudia stays largely out of the highlight, though she has confronted media consideration over latest months due to her relationship with Ernst. 

The couple have been noticed jetting off on vacation collectively and eating at upmarket Madrid eateries. 

Ernst, the great-grandson of Emperor William II, was handed a 10-month suspended jail sentence in Austria earlier this yr for drunkenly injuring a police officer and threatening one other with a baseball bat. 

He was additionally required by the courtroom to seek out one other residence in Austria and attend psychotherapy.          

His attorneys defined through the trial that he had undertaken remedy for the reason that incidents, which they stated occurred whereas he had been ‘remoted for years and betrayed by his personal son’.

Flourishing romance: A low-key figure, Claudia stays largely out of the spotlight, although she has faced media attention over recent months thanks to her relationship with Ernst, above

Flourishing romance: A low-key determine, Claudia stays largely out of the highlight, though she has confronted media consideration over latest months due to her relationship with Ernst, above

Ancient royal lineage: Who are the Hanoverians? 

The Hanoverians hint their lineage to the Welfs, often known as the Guelphs, who had been as soon as one of the foremost medieval dynasties in Europe.

The dominated over giant swathes of what grew to become southern Germany and northern Italy, together with Tuscany, Bavaria and Saxony.

Later, they had been the electors and kings of Hanover and dominated Britain and Ireland from when George I ascended to the throne in 1714 to the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837, at which level the non-public union with the United Kingdom ended.

In 1866 they misplaced their final German royal title, however held on to a big portfolio of properties, with the 135-room Marienburg fortress close to Hanover, in-built 1867, being the best-known property beneath their stewardship.

The fortress was constructed between 1858 and 1867 as a birthday current by King George V of Hanover (reigned 1851–1866) to his spouse, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg.

It has been likened to the well-known Neuschwanstein fortress in Bavaria, which was constructed two years later in 1869, which famously served because the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.   

Hola! experiences the directions have since been lifted. 

Ernst, the pinnacle of a German dynasty of one of Europe’s greatest aristocratic households, has for years been in battle together with his ‘ungrateful’ son, whom he suspects of looking for to squander household properties in Germany, particularly land and forests in Lower Saxony.

At the top of final yr he filed a lawsuit in a courtroom in Hanover in northern Germany in an effort to get better the Marienburg fortress, which has change into a vacationer attraction.

Prince Ernst accused his son of ‘going behind his again’ in courtroom papers filed this week.

He had transferred Marienburg fortress and the neighbouring Calenburg property to his son – additionally known as Ernst August – within the mid-2000s.

The Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneberg then flogged the land and in 2018 introduced that Marienburg could be bought to the federal government for a nominal price.

This could have been extra financial than benevolent: the fortress required renovations estimated at greater than £23 million and had been costing a fortune to maintain open to 200,000 guests every year.

The youthful Ernst stated it marked an ‘historic turning level’ for the household and would assist protect the Gothic palace for the general public.

The Bundestag – Germany’s federal parliament – has already voted in favour of contributing £12 million in direction of the renovations, whereas round 100 work and different artefacts from the fortress have been handed to Hanover’s state museum.

These had been price a complete of £2 million, whereas an extra £5 million price of treasures have been given to an artwork basis.

The wrangling Ernst August Sr and Ernst August Jr had been attributable to seem in courtroom on November 25 however the listening to was postponed till March subsequent yr.      

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