Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice

Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice (Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia; born 22 June 1972),[1][2] usually called Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, is a member of the House of Savoy. He is the son and heir of Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia[3][1] and only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. In his latter days, Umberto II created and gave the title of "Prince of Venice" to his grandson Emanuele Filiberto,[4] but as heir-apparent to the disputed headship of the House of Savoy, Emanuele Filiberto also styles himself as "Prince of Piedmont".[5]

Prince Emanuele Filiberto
Prince of Venice
Born (1972-06-22) 22 June 1972
Geneva, Switzerland
Clotilde Courau (m. 2003)
IssuePrincess Vittoria
Princess Luisa
Full name
Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia
FatherPrince Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples
MotherMarina Ricolfi Doria
Italian royal family

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

Emanuele Filiberto grew up as an exile from Italy, in accordance with the provision of the Italian constitution prohibiting the male issue of the Savoy kings of Italy from entering or staying on Italian territory.[6] Since returning to Italy he has made many appearances on national television, including his participation as a contestant in Ballando con le stelle (the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars), and the Sanremo Music Festival.

He is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.

He is a second cousin of King Philippe of Belgium, as both are great-grandchildren of Albert I of Belgium.

Early life and family

Emanuele Filiberto was born in Geneva, Switzerland, the only child of Vittorio Emanuele, a disputed head of the House of Savoy, and his wife, Marina Ricolfi Doria, a Swiss former water ski champion.[7]

On 10 November 2002, he accompanied his father and mother to Italy, following revocation of the provision in the Italian constitution that forbade the male Savoy descendants of kings of Italy from setting foot in the country. On the three-day trip, he accompanied his parents on a visit to the Vatican for a 20-minute audience with Pope John Paul II.[8] He also appeared in a TV commercial for a brand of olives, in which he said they made you "feel like a king".[9]

On 10 July 2003, the engagement of Emanuele Filiberto to Clotilde Courau, a French actress, was announced. The couple married on 25 September of that year at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome; the bride was about six months pregnant. There were some 1,200 guests at the wedding; among them were Pierre Cardin and Valentino Garavani, who had designed the wedding dress.[10]

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2019.


In 2015 Emanuele Filiberto engaged in a public spat on Twitter with aristocratic journalist Beatrice Borromeo who broke the story of his father's confession on video regarding the death of Dirk Hamer.[11][12] Vittorio Emanuele had sued the newspaper for defamation, but in 2015 after it won the case, Borromeo tweeted ''Vincere una causa è sempre piacevole, ma contro Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia la goduria è doppia![13] ("Winning a case is always nice, but against Victor Emmanuel of Savoy there is double the pleasure"),[14] and "caro @efsavoia goditi questa sentenza" ("dear @efsavoia enjoy this judgement")[15] which provoked Emanuele Filiberto to defend his father.[16][17] She had earlier publicly confronted him on camera with a copy of a book on the murder by Hamer's sister, whose preface she had written.[18]

In 2018 Emanuele Filiberto revealed that he is contemplating the launch of a royalist party to advocate for restoration of monarchy in Italy.[19] The comment was made during the prince's interview with the news daily Libero, following release of polling data by the Istituto Piepoli that showed 15 percent of Italians (nearly 12 million people) favor the concept, while eight percent expressed support for Emanuele Filiberto as future king.[19]

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

Emanuele Filiberto is, by strict primogeniture in the male-line, the heir apparent of the House of Savoy, Italy's former ruling dynasty.[7] In June 2006 his distant cousin Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, declared himself to be head of the house and rightful Duke of Savoy, maintaining that Vittorio Emanuele had forfeited his dynastic rights when he married Emanuele Filiberto's mother, Marina Ricolfi Doria, in 1971 without the legally required permission of his father and sovereign-in-exile, Umberto II.[20] Emanuele Filiberto and his father applied for judicial intervention to forbid Amedeo from using the title Duke of Savoy. In February 2010, the court of Arezzo ruled that the Duke of Aosta and his son must pay damages totalling 50,000 euros to their cousins and cease using the surname Savoy instead of Savoy-Aosta.[21] The Duke of Aosta appealed the ruling and the dynastic dispute is still unresolved.[22]


Dynastic honours

National and foreign honours



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  2. Willis, Daniel, The Descendants of Louis XIII, Clearfield Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1999, p. 673. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5.
  3. de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 602, 604, 622-623 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  4. Italy's last prince is selling pasta from a California food truck - website of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph
  5. "Emanuele Filiberto - Biography". emanuelefiliberto.eu. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  6. C.E.D.R.E. Les Manuscrits du C.E.D.R.E.: Le Royaume d'Italie, volume I. Paris, 1992, pp. 89-93. French. ISSN 0993-3964.
  7. Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. p.204
  8. Willan, Philip (24 December 2002). "Exiled Italian royals go home". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  9. "Italy outraged by 'trash TV' attack". BBC. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  10. John Hooper (26 September 2003). "Italy hosts rare royal wedding". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  11. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy 'admits killing of German teenager on secret video recording five years ago', Daily Mail, 28 February 2011; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361167/Prince-Victor-Emmanuel-Savoy-admits-killing-German-teenager-secret-video-recording-years-ago.html
  12. Borromeo, Beatrice Il video che incastra Savoia, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 24 February 2011; http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2011/02/24/il-video-che-incastra-savoia/93668/
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  14. Beatrice Borromeo, el azote de los Saboya, Hola, 10 March 2015; http://www.hola.com/realeza/casa_monaco/2015031077373/beatrice-borromeo-saboya/
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  16. luise.wackerl. "Beatrice Borromeo: Fieser Fight auf Twitter!". BUNTE.de (in German). Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  17. "Rissa social tra Emanuele Filiberto e Beatrice Borromeo". Today. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  18. Omicidio Hamer, Emanuele Filiberto dopo lo scoop del Fatto casca dalle nuvole, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 17 March 2011; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be0P2alDp2Y
  19. Mole24. 16 August 2018. Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia Pensa a un Partito Monarchico in Italia. Retrieved 18 July 2018. Italian
  20. Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. p.213
  21. Squires, Nick (18 February 2010). "Italian aristocrat cousins fight over defunct throne". The Telegraph. Rome. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  22. "Savoia sì o no? Giurista 'boccia' sentenza che vieta il cognome ad Amedeo". Tuttosport. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  23. wearing the badge as a medal on his wedding
  24. wearing the badge as a medal
  25. wearing the grand collar insignia
  26. wearing the grand chain insignia
  27. wearing the medal of the order
  28. wearing the robes of the order
  29. http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Clotilde+Courau+Wedding+Prince+Guillaume+Luxembourg+IfDOm7n19_el.jpg
  30. Blogger, Prince Emanuele Filiberto wearing the orders
  31. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  32. Zakatov, A.N. "Recipients of the Russian Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky". Russian Imperial House. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  33. Guidance for Honours in the De Jure Kingdom of Rwanda
  34. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262334747015486271/
  35. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/prince-emanuele-filiberto-of-savoia-and-wife-clotilde-news-photo/56239096
  36. Nomination by Sovereign Ordonnance n° 15703 of 1st March 2003 (French)
  37. https://www.wsj.com/articles/thanks-for-making-me-a-kentucky-colonel-what-do-i-do-now-1503950793
Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice
Born: 22 June 1972
Italian royalty
Preceded by
First in line
Line of succession to the former Italian throne Succeeded by
Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta
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