NARCISA MARIA MITU
Cercet şt. III, dr., Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane „C. S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” al Academiei Române, din Craiova; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the summer of 1942, King Michael appointed Dimitrie D. Negel the supervisor of the Administration. By getting closer to the circles around the palace, he managed to become rapidly one of the most influent leaders of the Royal Court. Referring to the Court Marshal, Savel Rădulescu and Mircea Ionniţiu, Michael was declaring that, together, they were forming “a small team, which, after it had been dissolved, many regretted it”.
He occupied several public positions. He was: president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Bucharest, the department Industry (1938), under-secretary of State within the Ministry of National Economy for the Supplying Department (May 26th–November 17th 1941), during the regime of Antonescu, Crown Domain Administrator (July 22nd 1942 –January 4th 1948), Minister of the Agriculture and Domains (August 23rd 1944 –November 4th 1955) and temporary Minister of Justice (October 4th 1944 –November 4th 1944), during the governing of Sănătescu, and marshal of the Royal Court (1943-1947).
After the forced abdication of the king, on the 30th of December 1947, Dimitrie Negel had talks with Petru Groza to agree on the entourage that was to accompany the King when leaving the country, on addressing the necessary documents for the journey, the instructions for the organisation of the sovereign’s departure train, the value of the estimates. On the 2nd of January 1948,he delegated his attributions of Crown Domain Administrator to Major Gheorghe Liatris, and, on the 4th of January, he was leaving the country along with King Michael and the Queen-mother Helen.
Dimitrie D. Negel, Crown Domain Administrator, 1942-1948, Marshal of the Royal Court, King Michael I of Romania