Ermias Sahle Selassie

Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie (born 14 June 1960 in Addis Ababa)[citation needed] is the only son of Prince Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia and Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam. He is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and furthermore of Dejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre-Igziabiher, also known as Kumsa Moroda (Oromo: Kumsaa Morodaa) who was the third and last Moti, or ruler, of the Welega kingdom also referred as the Leqa Neqamte state. Moroda Bekere. Currently the prince is ninth in the line of succession to the vacant imperial throne.

Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
Prince of Ethiopia
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Prince Ermias in 2009.
Born (1960-06-14) 14 June 1960 (age 62)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Empire
SpouseWoizero Gelila Fesseha
(m. 1989 - div. 2004)
Woizero Saba Kebede (m. 2011)
IssueLeul Sahle-Selassie Ermias
Leul Fesseha Zion Ermias
HouseHouse of Solomon
FatherSahle Selassie
MotherMahisente Habte Mariam
ReligionEthiopian Orthodox Tewahedo


Prince Ermias was educated in Ethiopia, Great Britain, and the United States. In England, he received his education at Old Ride Preparatory School, and then at Haileybury College. He obtained a BA degree in the social studies, with an emphasis in economics, from the University of California, in Santa Barbara. He continued his education at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy between 1983 and 1985.

Prince Ermias is fluent in Amharic, English and German.[1]


Prince Ermias was first married on 9 June 1989 to Woizero Gelila Fesseha, daughter of Afe-Negus Fesseha Gabre-Selassie, a former Lord Chief Justice of Ethiopia, and by her is the father of twin sons:

  • Prince Sahle-Selassie Ermias (known as Christian). Born on 20 February 1992.
  • Prince Fesseha Zion Ermias (known as Rufael). Born on 20 February 1992.

Prince Ermias and his first wife later divorced in July 2004.[2] On 25 February 2011,[3] Prince Ermias married Woizero Saba Kebede.[4] The Prince and his wife live in the Washington metropolitan area.

Royal functionEdit

Prince Ermias currently serves as the President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. The Crown Council has pursued a mission devoted to the promoting a cultural and humanitarian role. Prince Ermias is also patron of the Haile Selassie Fund for Children in Need which continues to sponsor student scholarships, and the St. George of Lalibela Foundation.

On 16 September 2010, Prince Ermias delivered remarks at a briefing entitled "Traditional Leadership in the Modern World: Humanitarianism, Culture and the Diaspora" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. This briefing was conducted by Representative Diane Watson, who was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and whose congressional district in Los Angeles includes Little Ethiopia. Empaneled with visiting royalty from Cameroon and the Kingdom of Swaziland (Princess Phindiwe Sangweni), Prince Ermias described the cultural leadership exercised by deposed and exiled royalty among members of ethnic communities living in either ancestral lands or diaspora in the United States and the United Kingdom.


  • Founder of the Imperial Society of Saint George of Lalibela, Washington DC, 1998.
  • Board Member of Tuition Credit Exchange Inc.
  • Chairman Advisory Board of Bezant Corporation.
  • Patron of the Haile Selassie Foundation for Ethiopia’s Children Inc.
  • Patron for Africa for the Flying Hospital Charity.
  • Director of the La Roche College (Pittsburgh).
  • Member of the Board of the United States National Slavery Museum.
  • Honorary Member Advisory Committee of the Angel Foundation.
  • Member of the Luso-Ethiopian Friendship Association.


Orders of knighthoodEdit


Other honorificsEdit


See alsoEdit

Line of succession to the Ethiopian Throne


  1. ^ WebitectPRO!. "The Crown Council of Ethiopia". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Announcements". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "HIH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie marries - Monarchy Forum". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Príncipe Ermias Sahle Selassie
  5. ^ Guidance for Honours in the De Jure Kingdom of Rwanda[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "The Order of the Pearl". ROYAL SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  7. ^ "HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie to be appointed Depute Supreme Grand Prior of the Order". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  8. ^ WebitectPRO!. "The Crown Council of Ethiopia". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  9. ^ "The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem". Retrieved 5 May 2018.[permanent dead link]

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