The man who would be king of Serbia smiles warmly at me as I
enter the royal palace in Belgrade.
There is no hint of a Serbian accent from him as he guides me
into the splendid interior.
Trials and tribulations of the royal family
"The first time I came into the royal palace, it was very
emotional for me. This is where my father lived, where my
grandfather lived. It was quite something."
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia and
Yugoslavia only moved to Serbia in 2001.
Most of his life had been spent in the United Kingdom - and one
of his godparents is Queen Elizabeth II.
The Yugoslav royal family was abolished when Tito's communists
came to power after World War II.
Alexander was born in Claridge's Hotel in London in 1945.
Winston Churchill declared the hotel suite Yugoslav territory for
"The previous regime castigated the monarchy, said that we left
with trainloads of gold. That would have been great. But it never
happened," says the crown prince.
In many ways, he is the last embodiment of the old Yugoslavia,
following the final dissolution of the old country this summer when
Montenegro and Serbia split up.
The six republics of the former Yugoslavia - Serbia, Montenegro,
Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Slovenia - are now six independent
New royal role?
Crown Prince Alexander believes there is a role for the monarchy
in the new Serbia.
"I do believe a constitutional parliamentary monarchy is a very
positive thing. It works very well in Europe and Australia, New
Zealand and Canada."
"You have a head of state who is neutral, not a member of any
political party. I think a monarch can help provide political
But how much support is there in the country for a return of the
"I don't have a coffer to do campaigns, blow up balloons, blow
trumpets. But the polls say more than 30% of the people are solid
for it - which is more than most political parties here."
'Lack of unity'
He believes Serbia has real potential for the future but that
certain actions have to be taken before the country can really move
He believes the former Bosnian Serb leaders, Radovan Karadzic
and Ratko Mladic, accused of genocide by the UN War Crimes Tribunal
in The Hague, have to be arrested.