Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro
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|Crown Prince of Montenegro|
|Pretendence||1 March 1921 – 7 March 1921|
|Predecessor||King Nicholas I|
|Born||29 June 1871|
Cetinje, Principality of Montenegro
|Died||24 September 1939 (aged 68)|
Vienna, Nazi Germany
|Spouse||Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz|
|Father||Nicholas I of Montenegro|
During the Balkan Wars and World War I he led the Montenegrin Army with his father (the King), Janko Vukotić, and Mitar Martinović. On 1 March 1921 Danilo was proclaimed the rightful King of Montenegro (upon the death of his father) and became head of the government-in-exile until 7 March 1921 when, for reasons that are still unclear, Danilo renounced his royal claims and headship of the royal house in favour of his nephew, Prince Michael of Montenegro. His reputation was undermined by announcing his renunciation on 5 March only to publicly retract this the following day, before re-affirming it the day after that. His decision was met with much dismay amongst the Montenegrin expatriate community.
Prince Danilo was married to Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg (1880–1946) the daughter of Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, but the marriage was childless. After his renunciation in 1921, he spent most of his life living in Nice.
Prince Danilo resurfaced in 1934 when he sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for libel and collected $4,000 in a Paris court for the false depiction of him in the first version of the film The Merry Widow. In the film, "Prince Danilo of Montenegro" seduces a commoner and then rejects her because it could impoverish the royal treasury. He then regrets his actions and tries to win her back, but fails to convince her of his true love. The film bears no relation to reality.
The film was re-shot after the lawsuit. In addition to demoting the Prince to a Captain, the date of the action was changed from 1905 to 1885, when the real Prince was a young boy.
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Danilo, Crown Prince of MontenegroBorn: 29 June 1871 Died: 24 September 1939
|Titles in pretence|
King Nikola I
|— TITULAR —
King of Montenegro
1–7 March 1921
Reason for succession failure:
Montenegro declared union with Serbia in 1918