1 February 2010
The son of the last Yugoslav King
The Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic: I would like to see
Josipovic very soon
disastrous wars of succession, sanctions, the mismanagement of the
economy, and the criminal bombing that damaged the infrastructure
and industry, the people have suffered tremendously and not only in
Serbia. Citizens have had a very difficult time to recover and are
still struggling. In addition, the recession is another headache –
said Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, the son of the last
Yugoslav King, Peter II in the interview for Slobodna Dalmacija.
the fall of Milosevic regime, the Crown Prince, together with his
family, live in Serbia where he is actively involved the political
life, but follows the occurrences in the neighbouring countries as
well. Despite obstacles in the past, the Crown Prince is certain
that the wars could have been avoided.
must face the fact that due to the madness’s in the last decade of
the 20th century years have been lost. Citizens are struggling, not
satisfied, disappointed and sad when so much could have been
What has the rule of Slobodan Milosevic brought to Serbia and its
must continue to recover from the problems of the past. The people
in Serbia suffered and so did the former Yugoslavia. The use of
negative religion and negative nationalism paid a terrible toll
throughout the former Yugoslavia. People were killed and people
suffered because of the abuse of power and disrespect of human
You are supporting the concept of the Constitutional Parliamentary
Monarchy, which, according to your opinion would be acceptable to
the citizens of Serbia. What would such a system of government
bring to Serbia?
- Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy works very well for example
in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom,
Belgium, Luxemburg and Spain. We must also not forget Japan, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand. All the countries I mention are fully
democratic and have a very advanced social system. The power is with
the elected government where the Prime Minister rules with his
cabinet and there are free and fair elections just like in a
Republic. Such a system would be very acceptable in Serbia and
respected by neighbours.
The need for a neutral head of state who is not a member of a
political party is very important. This is no disrespect to those in
power now since the politicians would be the same as today. A
neutral head of state would provide stability, unity, continuity and
be a neutral meeting point. Serbia would have a new positive image
and be proud. In addition it should be noted that in the European
Union Republics and Constitutional Monarchies work hand in hand for
the common good of all citizens.
What is your view of the
relationship between Serbia and Croatia? How do you personally see
Croatia, its policy and relationship with the region? What are your
comments on the results of presidential elections in Croatia and
would you like to meet the new Croatian President?
hope is that relations improve very much since we need each as we
move forward to become members of the European Union. Our two
countries must get on for the sake of jobs, investments and for
economic success in the region. The respect of human rights and
tolerance is fundamental and must be fully and firmly respected.
Both sides made mistakes and I believe we all wish to go forward by
improving relations. I followed the elections in Croatia and wish
President Josipović all the best for the future and it would be a
pleasure to meet him.
ACCUSATION FOR GENOCIDE
What do you think of the Serbian charge of genocide submitted by
the Serbian government against Croatia?
What happened was appalling and the suffering was shocking. Families
are still mourning and in pain. I am certain that with skilful
meetings a solution can be found respecting the victims of both
sides and taking both sides to a better future which would be most
certainly for the common interest of both our peoples and the
European Union. We cannot be constantly entrenched and lose time
for our future generations to live in peace. We must not repeat what
happened and we must prevent any more nightmares.
WAR COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED
Could the unfortunate war of 1991 have been avoided and how?
Yes, the tragedy could have been avoided if mature civilized
negotiations had taken place. As far as divorces go, this one was
the most shocking in history. People paid the price because of the
madness of politicians using negative nationalism and religion all
because of power and hatred. This is quite amazing at the end of the
20th century and more like the Middle Ages.
REFERENDUM FOR NATO
Should Serbia become a NATO member?
Austria and Sweden are not members of NATO and why can’t we be like
them. NATO bombed Serbia. It is still premature and a referendum
might be in good order.
CLOSE TO RUSSIA BUT WANT TO BE
MEMBERS OF EU
If Serbia is entering the EU, why is it politically and economically
closer to Moscow than to Brussels?
are close to Russia and Serbia’s objective is to be a member of the
European Union just like Croatia, but this does not stop Serbia
being a friend of Russia and Russia being a friend of the European
Aleksandar Karadjordjevic was born in 1945 in London as only child
of Yugoslav King Peter II and Princess Alexandra of Greece and
Denmark in suite 212 of Claridge's Hotel, which was under the orders
of Winston Churchill declared Yugoslav territory. His grandmother,
from his father’s side was Queen Maria Karadjordjevic, a Romanian
Princess, daughter of the Romanian King Ferdinand and Queen Maria
who was British Princess (granddaughter of Queen Victoria), meaning
that the Crown Prince Alexander is a direct descendant of Queen
Victoria. His father, King Peter II died in 1970 in Denver, Colorado
and he is the only European King buried in the United States.