Prince Nicolae has released on Thursday a statement, after being removed by King Mihai in from the line of succession to the throne in August last year, saying that this year a woman claimed to have a child with the former third heir to the throne and that he is prepared to assume all legal obligations, but only after a paternity test.
He says, in a statement posted on his Facebook page, he has invited the woman, Nicoleta Cirjan, along with her daughter, at the Mina Minovici Forensic Institute.
“Mrs. Nicoleta Cirjan did not follow this solicitation and any of the subsequent ones. Moreover, until the date of this press release she has not triggered any civil lawsuit for paternity to the competent court,” Prince Nicolae de Roumanie Medforth-Mills says.
He further says that, given that “the affirmations on paternity have continued,” he has sent her, through his lawyer, on September 3, a “last request” to have the DNA test done, but this time too the answer was ‘no’.
“If, following a test done at the Mina Minovici Forensic Institute, it is proven that I am the father of Mrs. Cirjan’s child, by a notarized declaration of recognition of paternity I will assume all legal obligations resulting from this situation. Given that hitherto there is no final sentence of paternity or a notarized declaration of paternity acknowledgment on my part, we consider that any statements on this topic are unfounded,” the statement signed by Prince Nicolae reads.
In an unprecedented move in August last year, Romania’s Royal House announced that Prince Nicolae, the son of Princess Elena, has been removed from the line of succession to the defunct Romania’s throne and has been also stripped of the “Romania’s Prince” and “Royal Highness” titles.
According to a Royal House press release, on August 1, 2015 H.M. King Mihai signed a document enforcing these decisions.
“As head of the Romania’s Royal House, King Mihai came to these decisions looking ahead the times when the life and reign of his daughter Margareta come to an end. His Majesty stated that the Royal House and the Romanian society of those times will need a ruling under the sign of well balanced modesty, with moral principles, respect and always thinking of the others. Preserving the same affection for his grandson, King Mihai hopes that Nicolae will find in the upcoming years a right way to serve his ideals and to use the qualities that God gifted him with,” the press release read.
In March 2016, in an exhaustive interview for ‘Evenimentul zilei‘(former) Prince Nicolae explained some of the issues rumoured about him. He said at the time: “I heard many rumours about my behaviour, rumours not accompanied by concrete facts. I cannot be held responsible based on rumours and I cannot even straighten unless I know where I’m wrong. However, I have always endeavoured to assume the title and the responsibilities that come with it and I wanted constantly to initiate and promote actions beneficial for Romania and especially for my generation.”