Romanian royal who’s distantly related to the Queen finally admits he’s the father of a three-year-old daughter – after agreeing to a paternity test in a scandal that cost him his princely title
- Nicholas Medforth-Mills, 34, is the grandson of King Michael, Romania’s last king
- King Michael and grandson Nicholas are distant cousins to Queen Elizabeth II
- Previously denied having a relationship with the girl’s mother Nicoleta Cirjan
- After taking a paternity test he released a statement revealing he is the father
Queen Elizabeth’s distant cousin has admitted he is the father of a three-year-old girl after a paternity test.
Nicholas Medforth-Mills, 34, who now lives in the UK, is the grandson of King Michael, Romania’s last king and a distant cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, previously denied having had any form of relationship with the girl’s mother, Nicoleta Cirjan.
Nicoleta claims to have had a three month relationship with the former prince and said the royal house’s lawyers put her under pressure to have the child aborted, and that he ‘blocked’ her on social media when she decided to keep the baby.
The former prince, who married in 2018, told reporters today: ‘The result is positive, I am the father of the child.’
The former prince, Nicholas Medforth-Mills who married in 2017 to lina-Maria Binder, told reporters the result was positive and he was the father of the child
Nicoleta claims to have had a three month relationship with the former prince and said the royal house’s lawyers put her under pressure to have the child aborted, and that he ‘blocked’ her on social media when she decided to keep the baby
Nicholas was removed from the line of succession of the Romanian throne in 2015, with reports suggesting his removal was down to the scandal.
The former prince, the first child of Princess Elena of Romania and her first husband Robin Medforth-Mills, has now recognised he is the father of the girl, named Anna Iris, who turned three in February, after undertaking a paternity test.
On Facebook he said: ‘Following persistent requests to conduct the paternity test of my alleged child, Mrs Nicoleta Cirjan has accepted.
‘The result is positive, I am the father of her child. Given the context in which this child was born, the fact that I have had no relation with the mother, I have assumed the legal responsibility to the child.’
Queen Elizabeth’s distant cousin has admitted he is the father of an illegitimate three-year-old girl after a paternity test
Former Prince Nicholas, grandson of Romania’s last king, released a public statement on Facebook confirming he is the father of the child
The religious wedding of Nicholas Medforth-Mills and Alina-Maria Binder in Sinaia, Romania
Nicolae Medforth-Mills with Nicoleta Cirjan, the woman he reportedly had a brief affair with in 2015
‘For reasons related to protecting the superior interests of the child, I believe that any issue about the child’s life is strictly private.
‘With the wish to protect the child and avoid risks that may be provoked by media or bullying, I have decided to cease any comments on this subject.’
Nicholas’s mother, Princess Elena, claimed that former King Michael had not wanted to see Nicholas when he was alive because of his grandson’s ‘behaviour which lacks some moral principles’.
She added that the King had been ‘deeply saddened that he (Nicholas) did nothing to sort out the paternity of his alleged child’ which ‘reveals an unacceptable lack of responsibility’.
Nicoleta reacted to Nicolae Medforth-Mills’s statement on Facebook and said: ’27 May 2019. A day that could not have been more surprising! And it came to me as a lesson of patience. And with the faith that the truth always prevails.’
In 2015 reports hinted there was a controversial relationship between the former heir and Nicoleta Cirjan (right)
In August 2015, Romania’s Royal House announced its decision to disinherit Nicholas (pictured). He was removed from the line of succession to the symbolic Romanian throne and he was also stripped of the ‘Romania’s Prince’ and ‘Royal Highness’ titles
He is now expected to sign papers officially recognising him as Anna’s father with and will have to pay child support until she turns 18. He will also be given a visiting schedule.
In August 2015, Romania’s Royal House announced its decision to disinherit Nicholas. He was removed from the line of succession to the symbolic Romanian throne and he was also stripped of the ‘Romania’s Prince’ and ‘Royal Highness’ titles.
At that time, reports hinted there was a controversial relationship between the former heir and Nicoleta Cirjan.
Nicholas is now married to aviation PR consultant Ana Maria Binder while his daughter Anna Iris lives with her mother in the city of Brasov.
Nicoleta wrote on social media after Nicholas’ recognition of paternity: ‘A most surprising day, from which I learned a lesson about patience and about having confidence that the truth will always prevail.’
Prince Charles is an avid fan of Romania and he frequently visits the country, he even attended King Michael’s funeral in 2017.
KING MICHAEL I: ROMANIA’S FINAL MONARCH
King Michael I was the country’s last king. He occupied the throne during 1927-1930 and again from 1940 until 1947, when communists forced him to abdicate.
A descendant of the German Hohenzollern dynasty and a cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Michael was in his early twenties when he participated in a 1944 coup that overthrew fascist leader Marshal Ion Antonescu.
Romania then broke with Nazi Germany and switched to the Allied side.
Historians have said his actions might have shortened the war and saved thousands of lives.
After his abdication, Michael spent decades in exile working as a chicken farmer and aircraft pilot, living in Britain and settling in Switzerland.
After communism collapsed, politicians fearing Michael’s influence blocked his first few attempted visits after decades of exile in Switzerland, Britain and the United States.
He finally returned to Romania in 1992 and regained citizenship in 1997, eight years after the collapse of communism.
Successive Romanian governments have returned castles and other properties that were seized from the royal family when the communists came to power.
The Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty that ruled Romania from 1866 until Michael’s reign ended in 1947 no longer enjoys special status.
Romania is a republic and the monarch no longer has any constitutional powers, but Romanians associate their royal family with an elegance and dignity that they say their politicians lack.
The head of the royal house bestows honors and looks after the family’s properties, which include castles.
With King Michael’s passing, the Romanian royal family´s relevance will likely fade, since his children have little public standing.
Princess Margareta, his eldest daughter, remains custodian of the crown.
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