Le prince imperial is killed in Zululand, 1879–1879. Watercolour by Jean-Charles Pellerin (French, 1756–1836). The Prince Imperial, Napoleon Eugene Bonaparte (1856 – 1879), was the only child of Emperor Napoleon III. in January 1873, he was proclaimed by the Bonapartist faction as Napoleon IV, Emperor of the French. In 1879, serving with British forces, he was killed in a skirmish with a group of Zulus.