ďAlo!Ē 20 July 2009
TPRINCE PHILIP AND PRINCE ALEXANDER INTERVIEW WITH
We study Serbian and do not
The sons of HRH Crown Prince Alexander say that they live as any other young
people and that they do not use their ďRoyal bloodĒ in their private lives or
their careers. They say they wouldnít mind marrying ordinary girls.
Princes Philip and Alexander Karadjordjevic are in Serbia these days, for
their fatherís, Crown Prince Alexander, 64th birthday. That is their only
holiday this year. They both live pretty much out of sight of the public in
Serbia, and it is not widely known what they do for living. Before they revealed
something about themselves for Alo!, they both insisted to express their
condolences to families and friends of the Serbian tourists who died in Egypt.
How do you feel in Serbia, and how long will you stay here?
Prince Alexander Ė It feels good to be back here, I missed it a lot since I
havenít been here in a year. Unfortunately Iím only here for a few days to
celebrate my dadís birthday.
Prince Philip - It feels good to be in Serbia again, I love being here. As
well as Alexander will do, I will stay a few days for my fatherís birthday.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when somebody mentions
PA - Wow, thatís a tough question. There are many things that come to mind,
emotional and physical. I definitely have to mention the people, I love the
people here and I love how proud they are of Serbia. Pride for oneís country is
rare where I live. I also love ďchorbaĒ (soup), I love a bowl of ďchorbaĒ!
PP - It depends who and in what context it is mentioned. Normally a sense of
pride mixed with a feeling of obligation will first come to mind. It is a
beautiful country filled with many beautiful people alike.
You don't visit Serbia so often. Why?
PA - Work! I only get two weeks a year off!
PP - This question is asked many times during my stays in Serbia. As
mentioned above, I do love coming to this magnificent country, however, I have a
spent many years out of Serbia before finally and almost surprisingly been
invited back in 2001. As a consequence I have built a life and an intricate
group of friends that I find hard prying myself away from. Nevertheless, as I
get older I will be spending more and more time in Serbia, it is inevitable.
Where do you live right now, and what is your current occupation?
PA - I live in San Francisco, California. I am an international editor and
correspondent coordinator for spinearth.tv which is a global music website
developed by SPIN magazine.
PP - I live in London. And I am currently undergoing a management training
position at a top London hotel.
In which country do you feel more comfortable? What is the difference?
PA Ė I am comfortable everywhere I am. Being confident and having good humour
is the key.
PP - Iím pretty much comfortable and at ease in most countries, especially
the ones I know well, which definitely includes Serbia. I am a very easygoing,
open and accepting person.
What is the first thing that you want to do when you arrive here?
PA - It feels refreshing, I miss it a lot so itís always nice to be back. I
love getting here and eating Serbian food, I love Serbian food!
PP - Usually I come during holiday time so I feel happy and relaxed. I like
to enjoy a good meal with my parents to catch up.
It was your fatherís birthday three days ago. Have you bought a present
for him? What was it, if it is not a secret?
PA - My brother and I got him a digital picture frame. Itís pretty cool.
PP - My twin brother and I bought him digital picture frame. My father likes
his electronic toys.
PA Ė We consulted with Peter, our elder brother. We are sorry that he
couldnít come this time for our fatherís birthday, but he works a lot and
couldnít adjust his schedule.
Belgrade is well-known for itsí night life. Have you had an opportunity to
visit some clubs or restaurants? Have you visited any other city in Serbia apart
from Belgrade, and would you spend your holiday with your friends anywhere in
Serbia? Where and why?
PA - I havenít been out yet. Iím trying to not drink for a bit but I know I
will fail! My brother was at Exit and had a really good time. Iíve actually been
on holiday with friends to Novi Sad for Exit two years ago. I would tell you
about it but what happens in Novi Sad stays in Novi Sad.
PP - Serbia has an amazing nightlife scene. I have had the chance in the last
few years to experience it firsthand. I have visited many other cities in
Serbia. I was recently at Novi Sad for the Exit festival for my first time. I
went with a bunch of friends and we had a fantastic time. I have also been to
Kopaonik with friends and family, I love snowboarding.
Can you remember how you earned your first money?
PA - I worked at a skateboard shop in London when I was a teenager. It didnít
pay much but I had a lot of fun!
PP - I worked in an olive oil delicatessen in London. I became a little bit
of an expert on olive oil and other Mediterranean delicacies.
Can you imagine yourself living in Serbia in 10 or 15 years time?
PA - Definitely. I would be here now but being a prince is more than a full
time job. I want to explore who I am and make a living for myself before
settling down as a prince. I know this might anger people who say itís my duty
to be here now but I believe everyone has the right to become their own person
rather than be born into it. I am very proud to be a Karadjordjevic and Iím also
proud to be me, without the name.
PP - Yes I can. As I said before, as I get older I will be spending more and
more time in Serbia, until hopefully one day I will settle here. My goal and
focus at the moment is to make it in life with or without having or using the
title of Ďprinceí.
Do you have a girlfriend? Would you rather marry a girl from a royal
family, or an ordinary girl? Which qualities does she have to posses in order to
become you girlfriend, or wife?
PA - Iím single. I donít think I would marry a princess, I donít think any
are interested (laugh)! If someone is royal or not does not matter, as long as
she can be my best friend.
PP - I am currently single. I would like to fall in love and marry a girl,
royal or not, that will love me back for what I am and not who I am.
In your everyday life is it more important to you that you are a prince,
or you are just an ordinary young man who is studying, working, trying to get a
good job, going on holidays etc...?
PA - Only a few of my friends know Iím a prince. I like being incognito.
Sometimes I go days without thinking about it and then I feel surprised when I
PP - The latter is definitely more important to me. However, what is even
more important to me is making sure my friends and family are happy.
TRH Princes Philip and Alexander are twins, born in Fairfax, Virginia on 15
January 1982. They are sons to HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Maria
da Gloria of Orleans BraganÁa. They lived in Virginia till 1984. Both Princes
attended one of London's top preparatory schools, and graduated from King's
School Canterbury in England. Prince Philip graduated from University College of
London with a Bachelor Degree in Arts. Prince Alexander graduated at the
University of San Francisco and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Communications and Media. Currently he is attending post-graduate studies in
Advertising at an American University. They both speak English, French and
Spanish, and mastering their Serbian.