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Norway’s King Harald on road to recovery, Crown Prince says

King Harald is scheduled to be discharged from hospital this week, Crown Prince Haakon has said.

Norway’s King Harald on road to recovery, Crown Prince says
Crown Prince Haakon visits the Norwegian Refugee Council's headquarters in Oslo on January 13th. Photo: AFP

Crown Prince Haakon spoke to the Norwegian press on Monday after visiting the Norwegian Refugee Council's headquarters in Oslo.

The Crown Prince said that King Harald is on the road to recovery after being hospitalized last week, NRK reports.

“The king is improving and we expect him to be home from hospital during this week,” Haakon said.

“It's been a tough period in the last couple of weeks, but we are trying our best to take care of each other,” he added.

The Palace announced on Wednesday last week that King Harald had been admitted to Oslo’s Rikshospitalet.

“His Majesty King Harald was admitted to the Rikshospitalet today because of dizziness. No serious illness has been found. The king is expected to be discharged before the weekend,” the statement said.

Crown Prince Haakon said that the King was doing well, despite staying in hospital for longer than initially announced

“He is quite well under the circumstances. He was unwell and dizzy, which is why he was hospitalized. They are monitoring his condition at the hospital,” the crown prince said.

The 82-year-old King is scheduled to be on sick leave for two weeks, Crown Prince Haakon serving as regent during this period.

“My program has not changed much yet. But it means, for example, that the King is not able to meet with the government [Norwegian, statsråd, ed.], I who must do it instead,” the crown prince said of his rule as interim regent.

King Harald was also briefly laid low last month with a virus which prevented him from attending parliament on December 20th.

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HOLOCAUST

Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.

 
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