Prince Ernst August in intensive care in Monaco

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8 April 2005, MONACO - Prince Ernst August of Hanover, the husband of Monaco's Princess Caroline, was in an intensive-care ward at a Monte Carlo hospital after his pancreatic illness worsened, a source close to the ailing German noble said on Friday.

8 April 2005

MONACO - Prince Ernst August of Hanover, the husband of Monaco's Princess Caroline, was in an intensive-care ward at a Monte Carlo hospital after his pancreatic illness worsened, a source close to the ailing German noble said on Friday.

"However he is not in a coma," the source said. "It's an acute disease of the pancreas." No official statement about his condition has been issued by either the House of Hanover or the principality of Monaco.

The 51-year-old aristocrat, who is a relative of the British royal family, was admitted to hospital on Monday. The pancreas is a gland that secretes a digestive juice into the small intestine and also produces insulin.

The source at the Princess Grace Clinic earlier termed his condition "serious, but not irreversible" but offered no details.

A German weekly magazine that tracks celebrities, Neue Revue, earlier quoted an aide to Ernst August as saying his wife, now known as Caroline of Hanover, was mounting a vigil at his bedside after losing her father, Rainier III, on Wednesday.

The French newspaper Le Parisien quoted a source in the Monaco family as downplaying the reports, saying, "It's not so bad. He just needs some tests."

Ernst August and Caroline married on 23 January 1999 and have one child, Alexandra. Ernst August is the eldest living descendant of the kings of Hanover, owns castles and estates in Germany and has made nature documentaries. He has two sons by his first marriage.

He detests media coverage of his doings and has been convicted of assault.

Tourists hoping to see Rainier III lying in state were meanwhile disappointed. Only Monaco citizens and selected foreigners were allowed into the chapel where his bier has been placed, and only during strict opening hours. The funeral has been set for 15 April.

The casinos of Monte Carlo have been back in business since Wednesday evening, but many luxury shops have changed to 'mourning' window displays, with black Chanel dresses and dark-coloured luxury bags replacing the spring colours seen a week ago.

The shops and casinos are expected to close on the day of the funeral.

DPA

Subject: German news

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