Romania's Prince Paul Recognized As Royal

Published February 15, 2012 12:45PM (EST)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court has recognized Prince Paul Hohenzollern as the legitimate grandson of former King Carol II, ending a 21-year-legal battle.

Paul has claimed he was illegally excluded from the royal family by his uncle, the former King Michael, who was the Romanian monarch twice.

It was unclear what effect the ruling would have or whether Paul would make claims on royal family property. Paul welcomed the ruling on Wednesday as a matter of "honor for my family."

The 90-year-old Michael, who was forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, says Tuesday's ruling does not give Paul any claims to the throne.

By Salon Staff

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