In March 2021, Princess Charlene of Monaco mourned the death of Goodwill Zwelithini, king of the Zulus, who died at 72 years old. This Wednesday, March 2, good news delights the monarch of South African origin: the son of the king, Prince Misuzulu Zulu, will officially take the throne of his father.
Finally crowned! Since the sudden death of Goodwill Zwelithini in March 2021, after more than 52 years in power, the suspense reigned as to the successor of the Zulu people in South Africa. Happy news this Wednesday, March 2: “the court of Pietermaritzburg has given its verdict in favor of the king of the Zulus”, reported the specialized site Royal Stories, the day after the announcement. This formalizes the coronation of one of his sons, Prince Misuzulu Zulu, 47 years old and designated as successor to his father. This one faced several oppositions from the royal family…
From Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, a long-time friend of the Zulu king and his son, followed this royal affair with many twists and turns. When Goodwill Zwelithini died, the regent Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini took over. A month later, she too died suddenly at the age of 65. In her will, the queen appointed her son, Prince Misuzulu Zulu, as the new king of the Zulus.
Six widows and twenty-eight children
But Prince Misuzulu Zulu was not the only one with a claim to the crown: the princesses and daughters of the king, Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Duma, accused him of stealing their place on the throne. They then filed a lawsuit in court with the intention of having their half-brother’s coronation banned.
This is a complicated dynasty story, because when Goodwill Zwelithini died in March 2021, he left behind six grieving widows and 28 children… Since then, the Zulu family has been fighting over his succession. Goodwill Zwelithini’s first wife, Queen Sibongile, demanded half of her late husband’s assets. According to Royal Histories, this request has just been rejected by the court in Pietermaritzburg, along with its green light given to Misuzulu Zulu.
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