The House of Savoy, Italy’s former royal family, has appealed to authorities to return its US$335 million crown jewels. The family’s collection, comprising 26 elaborate pieces encrusted with more than 6,000 diamonds and 2,000 pearls, were lost after the monarchy was abolished in 1946 – when the house’s last monarch, Umberto II, was deposed and exiled for having ties with fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Ever since, the jewels have been stored inside a vault in the Bank of Italy in Rome, according to The Telegraph. Prince Emanuele Filiberto, the grandson of the last king, is contesting the ownership of the jewels. He has argued that the family is not after their monetary worth, but the historical and sentimental value the jewellery possesses. But other than spearheading efforts for the return of the jewels, what else is there to know about the prince? Princess Sofia of Sweden’s 4 most dazzling tiaras and jewellery He’s a reality TV star The prince spent 30 years in exile, according to Insider, and his absence from his homeland caused him to be a cultural pariah. He was only able to return to Italy in 2002 when the exile ban was lifted. To become connect with the Italian public, he waltzed in Italy’s Dancing with the Stars in 2009, and eventually emerged as the winner. After a year, banking on his success, he hosted the Miss Italia pageant. He then starred in another reality TV show, The Beginner , in 2012, where 10 Italians invited him to spend time working at their jobs. Who is Jenna Norodom, Cambodia’s little influencer princess? He owns a Los Angeles food truck After making a name for himself as a TV personality, Prince Emanuele expanded his horizons and found success as a food truck proprietor. Based in Los Angeles, his food truck, which he named Prince of Venice serves authentic, fresh, restaurant quality pasta and pizza. His business was featured on Munchies, Vice ’s food channel. He spoofed The Crown’s trailer for season three Prince Emanuele wears many hats: he’s a noble, a TV dancing show champion, a food truck owner … and possibly a comedian? In 2019, he released a video on Twitter announcing the return of the Italian royal family. Instead, it was a spoof trailer for season three of Netflix’s The Crown . Sta arrivando il momento. È per me un dovere, ma anche un grande onore, annunciarvi l’imminente ritorno della Famiglia Reale. #emanuelefiliberto #irealistannotornando #adv pic.twitter.com/O0J3U6IqsN — Emanuele Filiberto (@efsavoia) November 14, 2019 Another longer version showed Prince Emanuele reading the same message before adding, “obviously, the English”. An image of Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth, and details of the programme in Italian then flashed on the screen. 5 ‘illegitimate’ royals born from affairs with blue-blooded fathers He is married to French actress Clotilde Courau In 2003, Prince Emanuele tied the knot with French actress Clotilde Courau who, at that time, was six months pregnant with their first child, Princess Vittoria. The royal community was represented by the best man, Prince Albert of Monaco, who introduced the couple. Best known among the 1,200 guests were fashion designers Pierre Cardin and Valentino Garavani. The latter designed the bride’s empire-waisted dress. How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will take 2022 by storm His daughter will become the family’s figurehead For thousands of years, only men could rule in Italy’s royal family. But all of that changed when the current royal head of the House of Savoy, Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, granted his granddaughter, Princess Vittoria, the power to eventually lead the family. He made the decree on the princess’ 16th birthday. Her inheritance comes at a time when princesses across Europe are assuming more responsibilities to lead their countries. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .