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Last Updated: Monday, 5 January, 2004, 16:58 GMT
Italian royal vows to sell bike
Emanuele Filiberto
Emanuele Filiberto got married in September
The grandson of Italy's last king has vowed to stop taking risks, following the birth of his baby daughter.

Emanuele Filiberto, 31, who suffered a broken collarbone and other injuries in a motorcyle accident last month, said he also planned to sell the bike.

His wife Clotilde Courau gave birth to baby Vittoria in Geneva on 28 December.

The prince told Swiss newspaper Le Matin that his change of heart came after thinking he would never be able to pick up his child.

Excessive risks

"When I regained consciousness... I didn't know whether I would be able to walk again or hold my baby in my arms," he said.

"I shall sell my motorcycle. I used it to save five minutes on the way to work. In the end I lost three months through a long convalescence."

For a long time I've taken excessive risks - for example flying a helicopter when I was tired or driving after having too much to drink at dinner
Emanuele Filiberto

Emanuele Filiberto is expected to make a full recovery from the accident, which happened as when he skidded in the rain on his way to work on 3 December.

Le Matin published photographs of Emanuele Filiberto in a wheelchair holding his baby daughter in one arm, while the other arm was in a sling.

"For a long time I've taken excessive risks - for example flying a helicopter when I was tired or driving after having too much to drink at dinner," Emanuele Filiberto told the paper.

"I won't let that happen again."

Calculated risks

Despite vowing to "stop living at 400 kilometres per hour", he said he would still take part in Jet ski races and car rallies because they involve "calculated risk".

Emanuele Filiberto is the grandson of Italy's last king, Umberto II of the House of Savoy.

He was able to marry in Italy on 25 September last year after a ban on allowing male royalty from entering the country was lifted.

The ban was introduced after World War II to punish the House of Savoy for the support offered by King Vittorio Emanuele III, Umberto II's father, to the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.




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