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A bizarre call for Prince Harry to be crowned Russia's King made last year during the Royal Wedding of his brother is gathering pace on the country - and has now won support from a Russian Oligarch.
Former diplomat Alexander Baunov announced last year that Harry should be crowned the first king of Russian since Tsar Nicholas II reigned in 1917 on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution.
"Let him receive parades, make visits, give dinners and offer New Year congratulations,' demanded Mr Baunov.
But now oligarch Boris Berezovsky has also backed the call to restore the Russian monarchy - and install Prince Harry as head of state.
On his Facebook page he wrote: "The return of a monarch to the throne will restore the interrupted thread of time and will become a symbol of Russia’s resurrection.
"Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and one of the bright symbols of the modern civilized world, is the best possible candidate.
"He has more Russian blood than Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II, his great-great-grandmother is Queen of the Hellenes, Olga Constantinovna, from the Romanov House."
He added he saw no problem with the new King taking up the post - as long as he brushed up his Russian.
"A necessary condition for ascending to the throne would be a fluent knowledge of the Russian language," Berezovsky added.
The call however has not gone down well with the Romanovs, who consider his suggestion outrageous.
The House of Romanov was the second and last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia, reigning from 1613 until the February Revolution abolished the crown in 1917.
"It is difficult to imagine that Berezovsky has sympathies with the monarchy and the British Royal Family," Romanov House head of office Alexander Zakatov told Russian agency Interfax.
He added: "It is clear that all these ideas are doomed to failure. If someone decides to hold this experiment, it will not lead to anything good. In Russia there is either no monarchy, or it is legitimate. To just take some prince, even the best one, and to ascend him to the throne created by the oligarchs, will be to basically start a new civil war in our country.
"If monarchy in Russia is ever restored, it must be by the will of the people, and only a legitimate head of the Russian imperial house can ascend to the throne," he said.
At present the Great Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, living in Spain, is the head of Romanovs.
In his original claim Mr Baunov points out that Harry has plenty of royal Russian blood coursing through his veins.
He continued: 'His great great grandmother was the great duchess Olga Konstantinovna Romanov.
"Moreover, King George V [who ruled from 1910-36] was a cousin of our Tsar Nicholas II, so the British princes are his distant nephews.'
Olga, granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I and cousin of Tsar Alexander III, was Queen of Greece, and is the paternal grandmother of Prince Philip.
Mr Baunov suggested that it would be easy to find an attractive Russian bride and to make Harry the symbolic Tsar with his throne in the Kremlin palace.
He said restoring the monarchy would bring back quality to Russian high society.
An online poll at the time found 39 per cent support for a constitutional monarchy, compared with 24 per cent for the current democratic republic, and 12 per cent for a communist state.
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