Ceauşescu’s Secret Heir

It was probably the best kept secret of the past two decades. Alexandra, aged 14, is the secret heir of Nicolae Ceauşescu that nobody talked about – and almost nobody knew about, until the newspaper Naţional learned about her existence.

She was born in 1996, almost 7 years after the execution of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu, and she is the daughter of Valentin Ceauşescu, the dictator’s youngest son, and Cristina, Valentin’s second wife. She is now a secondary school student, whose teachers are under strict orders not to discuss about her with anyone – not with the media, not with anyone else.

She wears jeans to school and brings her mobile to class, some of her classmates revealed. This would have been unheard of during her grandfather’s regime, when students were only allowed to wear their uniforms – and mobiles, of course, existed only in movies. Her parents are determined that their daughter should not be connected in any way to her grandparents’ history, and this is perhaps why, according to Naţional, her teachers allegedly signed agreements never to reveal anything about her identity.

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