An Italian prince is locked in lawsuits to protect him from his 'gold-digger' girlfriend

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Prince Giacomo Bonanno with his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Tanya Yashenko. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Giacomo Bonanno di Linguaglossa)
Prince Giacomo Bonanno with his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Tanya Yashenko. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Giacomo Bonanno di Linguaglossa)

She's a gorgeous 35-year-old with no royal blood. He’s a 51-year-old prince with billions in the bank. For a brief while they were blissfully happy, jetting off to lavish destinations and enjoying the finest luxuries the world has to offer.

But how things have soured for Italian aristocrat Giacomo Bonanno di Linguaglossa and Tanya Yashenko. He’s now suing her for being a gold-digger and she’s accused him of being a stalker who won’t leave her alone.

Giacomo says Tanya is guilty of circonvenzione d’incapace, an Italian legal term that means exerting undue influence over persons who are non-compos mentis. She took advantage of him because he was traumatised by the crumbling of his marriage when they met, he insists.

But the blonde from Belarus says she feels short-changed. He’s a cheapskate who reneged on his promise to give her half his assets, she insists.

The case has fascinated Italians, especially because it seems like there’s a twist at every turn.

In the most recent Giacomo apologised to his former lover, blaming his demand that she return her gifts on his poor command of Italian.

“My Italian isn’t good considering I’ve lived abroad all my life,” he wrote. “The gifts I gave I don’t want back,” he added. “Jealousy is a big reason for my actions.”

But his lawyer is having none of it. The case continues no matter what Giacomo said, his lawyer, Armando Fergola, says.

“The primary aim of this case is to protect him from her, both psychologically and economically,” he adds.

“Getting her to pay back the money is a secondary objective.”

Shortly after filing the lawsuit, Giacomo posted a public apology to Tanya on Facebook. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Giacomo Bonanno di Linguaglossa)
Giacomo hit it off with Tanya, who describes herself as a travel journalist and hotelier, at a fashion gala dinner party in 2019.

The two bonded over their shared love of travel and soon struck up a whirlwind romance.

Giacomo, recently divorced, pulled out all the stops to impress her. They jetted off to one opulent location after the next – Milan, Beverly Hills, Monte Carlo, the Maldives and Dubai – money was no object for the prince.

He also bought her a Mercedes GLC220 worth R1,4 million, shares worth more than R1 million in a Rome bed and breakfast and gave her R317 000 to help her rent a flat in the capital city.

But after more than a year together, Tanya decided to break up with Giacomo.

She told him she had suffered a miscarriage due to the stress of the relationship.

After the split, she claims Giacomo became obsessive and began stalking her.

However, his social media tells a different story. According to the prince’s regular updates, the pair continued spending time together. In a picture he posted celebrating their two-year anniversary, he even refers to her as his princess.

Meanwhile, Tanya’s social-media pages show her living her best single life. Though she’s pictured in the same cities as Giacomo, the Italian aristocrat is nowhere to be seen in any of her posts.

“It’s not selfish to do what is best for you,” she captioned one of the snaps.

Italian media reportedly got access to texts sent between the pair in which Tanya accuses him of being dishonest and mediocre.

“You are an old corpse,” she apparently wrote. “I am beautiful and young but must suffer this disgrace.”

To which he reportedly responded: “You are a flower, I am sorry and I will always apologise to you. I am a bad person and I have no justification.” 


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