Saturday, July 16, 2005

Monaco - 2


Sharon Churcher and Caroline Graham, in the Mail on Sunday, 17 April 2005, wrote about thirteen-year-old Jazmin Grace Grimaldi from Desert Springs in California.

Jazmin's mother, former waitress Tamara Rotolo, claims that Jazmin is the love child of Prince Albert, the monarch of Monaco.

Tamara says she had a two-week affair with Albert in Monte Carlo in 1991 and her daughter Jazmin is the rightful heir to the throne.

A friend of Tamara, Bruce McCormack, told The Mail on Sunday: 'I understand that there has already been a warming of relations between Jazmin's mother and the prince and that at the very least he would like to have the right to visit his daughter. '

In July 1991 Tamara was on holiday holiday in Monaco. Reportedly, Albert spotted her in the crowd at a tennis tournament.

The Mail on Sunday reported:

"Their subsequent 'encounters', as she describes them in sworn testimony, took place between July 8 and July 29 on his yacht - where a photographer captured him clutching her bikini-clad bottom - at the Monaco Loews Hotel, at the TexMex American-style restaurant, at a nightclub called Jimmy'z and in the prince's apartment."

Tamara became pregnant.

According to the Mail on Sunday: "when Albert sheepishly told his father the truth, Rainier was enraged and ordered him to sever all ties with Tamara and take no responsibility."

British author John Glatt said: 'If Albert admitted that Jazmin was his daughter, it would be an identical situation to that which took place a century earlier when a laundrywoman gave birth to Prince Albert's grandmother - Prince Rainier's mother. That was the last thing Rainier wanted to be reminded of.'

The Mail on Sunday article continues:

"Rainier assumed the throne from the wrong side of the bedsheets. His mother, Charlotte, was the illegitimate child of an Algerian washerwoman and the then heir to the Monaco throne, Prince Louis, who had an affair in 1898.

"OTHERWISE childless, Louis recognised and legally adopted Charlotte.

"Her son, Prince Rainier, inherited the throne and the Grimaldis' reported £1 billion fortune, now passed down to Albert.

"Albert's unmarried state and lack of an heir prompted Rainier to amend the constitution in 2002 allowing Albert's sisters, Caroline and Stephanie, to join the line of succession. It is this change to allow female succession that could result in Jazmin succeeding Albert if she takes up Monaco citizenship."


6 July 2005

Prince Albert II of Monaco has acknowledged that he has had an illegitimate child with a flight attendant from Togo.

Lawyer Thierry Lacoste said that the prince, who is not married and has no heir, wanted to face up to his responsibilities.

He said the child, aged 22 months, would not be in line to the throne and would not have the name Grimaldi.

Former Air France flight attendant Nicole Coste is Togolese and holds French citizenship.

Ms Coste was quoted as saying she met the prince on a flight in 1997, leading to a relationship and the birth of the boy, Alexandre, in August 2003.

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