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Norway’s King Harald discharged from hospital after short stay

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after being admitted last week with breathing difficulties.

Norway’s King Harald discharged from hospital after short stay
King Harald in 2016. Photo: AFP

The palace confirmed on Monday afternoon that the King had left hospital, news wire NTB reported.

Shortly after news of King Harald’s hospitalisation broke on Friday, Queen Sonja confirmed that he was doing well under the circumstances and was expected to recover quickly.

Covid-19 was quickly ruled out as a potential cause of his symptoms.

He will be on sick leave until October 4th, the palace said. Crown Prince Haakon will take over his duties in the meantime, including the opening of parliament on October 2nd.

READ ALSO: Norway celebrates 25 years of King Harald

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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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