A South African princess has denied the rumours that Queen Mantfombi, who died only a month into her reign, was poisoned by the royal family.
“People think we’re murderers,” Princess Thembi said in a statement on Sunday amid a bitter family rift over who will be the next monarch.
Queen Mantfombi became interim leader after the death of her husband due to the fact that she was the only wife with royal blood. Her is brother is King Mswati III of Eswatini.
Queen Mantfombi died of an unspecified illness and there is no evidence of foul play.
It has been expected that 47-year-old Prince Misuzulu – the eldest son of Queen Mantfombi and King Zwelithini – will be next in line but a legal challenge days after the queen’s death is seeking to halt that.
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