Prince Carlos Hugo, head of the Royal House of Bourbon-Parma and to some a Carlist claimant, has recently issued a statement at his website, informing that his health situation is critical. The prince has suffered from prostate cancer for some time.
Surrounded by his immediate family at a hospital i Barcelona, the prince expressed in his statement that "my life is in the hands of the Lord".
Prince Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Piacenza was born in 1930 as the eldest son of Prince Xavier and Madeleine Bourbon-Busset. Carlos Hugo married in 1964 Princess Irene of the Netherlands, a younger daughter of Queen Juliana and thus a younger sister of Queen Beatrix. The couple divorced in 1981.
Prince Carlos Hugo and Princess Irene had four children together.
See also De Telegraaf's article of 5 August 2010, 'Prins Carlos Hugo van Bourbon neemt afscheid'.