I am now catching up with royal news after being out of town for the Thanksgiving break. This story has caught me off guard and I want to make sure I stick to the facts as presented.
Flux 24, a Romanian newspaper, offers an exclusive story on the reason why Nicholas Medforth-Mills was stripped of his title, Prince of Romania and his dynastic rights. Her name is Nicoleta Cirjan, and she is pregnant. The father of the child is alleged to be Nicholas Medforth-Mills.
The story broke on Saturday, and other, more mainstream, Romanian newspapers, are reporting the news. So far, there has been no confirmation or denial of the story from the royal family's press office or Mr. Medforth-Mills.
Miss Cirjan is the co-founder and Communication Consultant at MAINO, a non-profit organization wants to "set Social Responsibility at the core of businesses communication strategies." She is an environmental analyst and activist. Miss Cirjan has a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences (Colegiul National Andrei Saguna), a university degree in Communication and Public Relations (National school of Political and Administrative Studies), and a master's degree in Marketing and Communication Affairs (Economic Studies Academy).
Nicholas, who took part in cycling events in Romania, met Nicoleta, at a cycling cross country event in May. This was a charity ride to raise money for children in with autism. Nicoleta loves to ride her bike, and her motto is "let’s be green and we will change the world!"
Miss Cirjan, who had recently ended a six year relationship with another man, and the then Prince Nicholas allegedly had unprotected sex at some point in late May. In July, she realized that she was pregnant. The morning after pill had failed. She and the father discussed abortion, but she weighed the pros and cons of abortion (she remains pro-choice), and decided to keep her child.
Nicholas's last public appearance as a member of the Royal Family was at Brasov on July 28.
Miss Cirjan wrote about her decision to go through with the pregnancy in a blog post on September 20.
She does not name the father of the child, except to say that they do not love each other, and there are no plans to marry. According to Nicoleta, the father tried to convince her that abortion was the right option. She also said that she forgives the father each day, and has made it clear that he will be welcome to be a part of her child's life. The baby is due in January or February. Reports say that the child is a girl.
I have chosen to use the word "alleged" when describing Nicholas's position as the father of the child. The mother does not name the father. The palace's press office has not confirmed the story. Most important, Nicholas Medforth-Mills has not acknowledged that he is the father of Miss Cirjan's child.
It should be noted that King Michael's statement included the phrase "modest, well-balanced and with moral principles" in reference to position of head of the house.