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Montenegrin ‘Royal’ Charged with Impersonation

Italian man reportedly created a fake royal identity, distributed phony titles and orders to Pamela Anderson and other dupes.

19 June 2017

Italian police say they unmasked a fraudulent Balkan prince who hobnobbed with royalty and raised Pamela Anderson to the nobility.

 

Police in Brindisi last week charged a man calling himself Prince Stefan Cernetic of Montenegro and Macedonia, along with his “ambassador” to Italy. The men were identified as C.S., 57, and S.S., 63, Newsweek reports.

 

Cernetic’s Facebook page is filled with photos of him meeting businessmen, politicians, legitimate royals such as Prince Albert II of Monaco, and religious leaders.

 

Montenegro’s Vijesti.me reports that Italy’s Foreign Ministry launched an investigation into the purported prince after he paid an “official” visit to Brindisi last August. The news site says it has seen a memo from the Montenegrin Embassy in Italy to the Foreign Ministry, dated 21 October, stating that Cernetic was not a Montenegrin prince.

 

Cernetic “was not born in Montenegro, has no residence in Montenegro nor a Montenegrin passport and is not a diplomatic representative of Montenegro," Ambassador Anton Sbutega wrote.

 

The man C.S. is from Trieste, while his “ambassador” hails from Quindici in southern Italy, Brindisi Report writes.

 

Spot the fake royal: Stefan Cernetic and prince Albert II of Monaco. Image via www.princeofmontenegroandmacedonia.eu.

 

His website styles Cernetic as belonging to “the Imperial House of Tchernetich,” princes of “Montenegro and Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Voivodina, Hereditary Titular Emperors of Constantinople, Romania and Greece” and calls him a direct descendant of Roman Emperor Constantine, who installed Christianity as the empire’s official religion.

 

In 2015 he bestowed the title “Countessa de’ Gigli” on the starlet Pamela Anderson.

 

Both men charged in Brindisi last week have criminal records, Newsweek says.

 

 

  • The men “traveled in a Mercedes with diplomatic flags, and last summer, at a resort in Fasano, met entrepreneurs, politicians and members of the clergy, showing noble titles to propose cultural exchanges across the Adriatic,” according to Brindisi Report.

 

  • The dynastic relationship between Cernetic and “His Royal Highness Cosimo Cannone, Prince of Macedonia” remains unclear, although “C.S.” is old enough to be Cannone’s father. Interestingly, Cannone was born in Brindisi, the same city where the two fake Montenegrins were charged. Cannone was born in 1984 and was once a motorcycle racer, according to his Italian Wikipedia page, which discreetly refrains from using his royal title, instead referring to him as the president of the International Cultural Institute Royal House of Macedonia.

 

  • Cernetic also operates the Prince of Montenegro Wine and Food Consultancy, according to Il Gotha del Gusto, another of his websites.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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