Prince Carol – between love and duty
Author: Daniel DIEACONU
Keywords: crown prince, dynasty, abdication, war, morganatic marriage.
This study focuses on the childhood, adolescence, and youth of Prince Carol, who was to be known in history as King Carol II, until the end of the National Unification War. First in line of succession to the throne, Prince Carol was surrounded by all the care and attention of the family, enjoying numerous privileges since early childhood. His education sparked several controversies in the family that did not help his formation. Although very gifted, he did not benefit from a correct and methodical education. A descendant of the Hohenzollerns, Carol was asked to pursue a military career so necessary to his ruling, but despite titles and distinctions, he did not stand out on the frontline, but through parties and love affairs, culminating in his deserting the front to marry in Odessa. Forgiven in 1918, he abdicated once more in 1919, and in early 1920s he left for a journey around the world.