Ilustrovana Politika Magazine, 24 December 2009
Interview with Prince Philip Karadjordjevic
three sons of Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, the blond Prince is
visiting Serbia most often. His time divided among Switzerland, England and
America, where he was educated, and Spain where his mother, brother, and two
half-sisters are living, he finds time to talk to our magazine.
Two years ago he told us that he couldn’t find himself in the world of
banking, so he turned to hotel business. Before that, we spoke about him growing
up, his relationships with his brothers, his parents, cousins, and before that
…Do you remember your first visit to Serbia? What particular memory you have
from that visit?
- My first visit to Serbia was in 1991, which was also my family’s first time
back in some 50 years. It was a trip that I will never forget. I remember when
we landed at Belgrade airport and the many people that came to greet us was
extremely warming. I remember when my father kneeled down to kiss Serbian soil
(well to be more accurate it was actually Yugoslav soil at the time) that was
very special. I also remember how brave and courageous my older brother Peter
was at the time when he delivered a speech in front of hundreds of thousands of
people, he was only 11 years old.
Since then Philip is visiting Serbia with his family several times a year.
- I very much look forward to being with my father, we have such a great time
together. And what really makes me happy is how much he cares for his family and
his country. He invests so much of his time in trying to see that the country he
loves and cares for so much flourishes and prospers. His devotion towards Serbia
is extremely warming. I am very proud of my stepmother who is very active with
her humanitarian work for Serbia, she is very caring for all the people both
young and old, and has helped every hospital in the country.
Twenty seven years old Prince understands that he was not coming to Serbia
only to meet his father, but also to “represent it”.
- I have spent a lot of the times travelling around and visiting many other
parts of Serbia. I made many friends, but there are not too many friends, ever.
I’m looking forward to make new ones.
He has graduated from several schools, and now he seems to have concrete
plans for the future.
HRH Prince Philip
with the Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic
one year ago I completed my studies in a hotel and business school in
Switzerland, it was my second degree. Since completing my studies I had been
working in a famous 5 star hotel in London, until very recently. I have now
decided to go back to finance, back to ‘the city’, London business district. My
reason for this change in careers was simply because the finance world will give
me better career progression and comfort later in life then what the hospitality
world could offer. The last two years studying and working in the hospitality
world has given me experience that can never be taken away, and it has also made
me realize what I want to do in life.
After that experience, he might say what was the best hotel he ever stayed in
and what was the worst and why.
The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in was the Oberoi in Udaipur, India. My
family and I were guests there for a fabulous wedding of one our good Indian
friends. The worst hotel? I don’t think I can pick a worst hotel. The reason for
that is if have ever had a bad experience, in a hotel in this case, I would’ve
made the most of the situation and laughed at it, therefore turning into a fun
experience. Even though I mentioned earlier about my career change, it hasn’t
stopped me from dreaming about owning my own hotel one day. It would be a
boutique style hotel, either in countryside or the city, or both! It would be
designed uniquely to the area.