Princess Caroline to testify at husband’s trial

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HILDESHEIM, Germany (AP) — Princess Caroline of Monaco is planning to testify in the German trial of her husband Prince Ernst August of Hannover who is charged with assaulting a hotel owner in Kenya.

The prince, a distant relative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and great-grandson of the last German emperor, Wilhelm II, is being retried after being convicted in 2004 of causing serious bodily harm and fined euro445,000 ($645,000).

Ernst August does not deny the assault but is seeking to have the charge and sentence reduced.

The hotel owner says the prince beat him while wearing a metal ring and sent him to the hospital. Ernst August says he only slapped the hotelier.

Caroline is expected to corroborate her husband’s story when she takes the stand Wednesday.