We have already written that he is a prince Ernst August Hanovrski filed a lawsuit against his son Ernst August the Younger, from whom he demands to return to him the mansions which he has transcribed to him by gift contracts, and now information has also come to light as to what Ernst the younger did to make his father so enraged. Two years ago, when their relationship was already deteriorating, the younger decided to sell one of the palaces. Ernst August Sr. might have accepted this even more if the family budget had increased significantly, but the 37-year-old sold the Marienburg mansion, which is not in the best condition, to the German government for a symbolic price of one euro. He is supposed to do this entirely on his own fist and behind his father’s back, and the latter is the 66-year-old who is married to a Monastic princess Caroline, severe anger. Ernst Jr. argued that it was a rational decision, as the building is in such disarray that the renovation alone would cost around 25 million euros, which he himself does not intend to invest.
The building is in such disrepair that the renovation alone would cost around 25 million euros.
He sold the estate to the state without consulting his father. PHOTO: Alexander Koerner / getty Images
In addition, the maintenance of the old building, which is open to visitors and is visited by about 200,000 people a year, is already very expensive, and the entrance fees do not even cover it. With the sale, he wanted to ensure that the family mansion would be taken care of, as the government would find money for its maintenance and renovation sooner than he did, he explained. The German parliament will allocate 15 million euros for the restoration, and about a hundred paintings and other works of art, worth a total of more than two million euros, have been transferred to a museum in Hanover, and a further seven million works of art have been donated to the art foundation. Ernst August Sr., meanwhile, whistles at the financial adequacy of his son’s decision and wants the mansion with all the artwork back, as they have to stay in the family at all costs. In addition to violating the terms of the gift contract and selling the property without his consent, he accuses his son of completely cutting him off from his life, including financially, and of forcing him to live in a “hut in the middle of the forest”. Ernst August Jr. disagrees and says all the allegations are completely unfounded, so he is confident the lawsuit will be dismissed in court.
Ernst Jr. wanted to ensure that the family mansion would be taken care of. PHOTO: Leonardo Fernandez / getty Images
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