Osmanoğlu is the grandson of Prince Mehmet Selim Efendi, son of Abdülhamid II, the legendary Ottoman sultan credited with prolonging the survival of the Ottoman Empire, which was past the glory days in the last years of 19th century.
Abdülhamid Kayıhan Osmanoğlu, a fourth-generation grandson of Sultan Abdülhamid II, told reporters that the prince was unable to leave his house as the war raged across Syria. He said they were in contact with authorities to bring them to Turkey where most of his family members live.
The Ottoman dynasty’s descendants were forced to scatter around the world after the collapse of the empire and they were sent into exile starting from 1924.
In 1952, female members of the dynasty were granted amnesty and the men were allowed to return to Turkey in 1974. Yet, few returned to Turkey as most of them had already built new lives after living abroad for decades.