Prince Albert of Monaco has posed for the first time for a photo with his two children of former lovers, hugging his daughter, who smiles next to her stepbrother.
The extraordinary image, taken in New York, was shared online by his ex, Nicole Coste, 50, a former Togolese Air France stewardess.
The Prince, 64, had his arm around his daughter Jazmin Grimaldi, 30, pictured, who was sitting next to her half-brother Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, 19.
Grimaldi, whose mother is American waitress Tamara Rotolo, 61, first met her father when she was 11 after a DNA test confirmed Prince Albert was a match.
“It’s wonderful that it happened when it did, and we’ve enjoyed a great relationship ever since,” he said.
In the photograph, Mrs. Grimaldi has her arm around Mr. Grimaldi-Coste, Mrs. Coste’s son.
Prince Albert appears in New York, posing for a photo with two children of his former lovers.
Albert also has seven-year-old twins with his wife, former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene, 44, whom he married in 2011.
Prince Albert confirmed that he was Alexandre’s father just before he was enthroned as ruler of the principality in 2005.
“Fatherly King,” Ms. Coste commented in the caption.
The Prince also has 7-year-old twins with his wife, former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene, 44, whom he married in 2011.
Last week, the couple attended the annual Princess Grace Awards in New York.
Dressed in a vibrant floral dress, Charlene joined her husband in welcoming guests to the gala held at 583 Park Avenue.
She completed her look with a dazzling necklace, believed to have featured the ‘Grace Diamond’, an Australian diamond that the Maison Mazerea brand dedicated to Charlene’s late mother-in-law, Princess Grace, after purchasing it in 2021.
The event is named after Prince Albert’s late mother, Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, and is held annually to raise funds for the US-based Princess Grace Foundation.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene stole the show Thursday night when they attended the annual Princess Grace Awards in New York.
The Prince acts as Vice President of the foundation, which recognizes and supports emerging talent in theatre, dance and film.
Zimbabwean-born Charlene continues her return to the world stage after a difficult 18 months, spending around 10 months in South Africa last year, after contracting a serious sinus infection during a solo charity trip.
The illness left her hospitalized and delayed her return to Monaco, and after returning to the principality last November, the mother-of-two left almost immediately, going to Switzerland to be treated for “exhaustion”.
She returned to public service in May, making occasional public appearances with her husband, Prince Albert, and their children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabrielle, by her side.
She posed with Albert for a portrait on their 11th wedding anniversary and joined him in taking their children back to school in September..
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella with their parents in September at a traditional picnic
Princess Charlene of Monaco delighted royal fans by sharing the twins’ school photo
However, she made her biggest return to public service yet when she joined her husband at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London, joining 2,000 other mourners at Westminster Abbey.
In October, Charlene visited an animal shelter in a town between Monaco and the French Alps, which she and Prince Albert had opened a month earlier.
She was photographed petting a rescue dog at the shelter of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in Peille. Charlene has been president of the animal welfare charity since September.
Since recommitting to royal duties, the princess has dismissed rumors of a possible divorce or permanent move to Switzerland.
Princess Charlene shared a photo of herself petting a rescued dog at the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) shelter in Peille.
The couple bonded and held hands after declaring the animal shelter open in September. Princess Charlene spent nearly a year away from Monaco after undergoing treatment for an unspecified condition.
In an interview in the Monaco-Matin newspaper, he said: “I am very happy to be back in Monaco and with my family.”
She told the newspaper that she was determined to overcome her problems.
“My health is still fragile and I don’t want to go too fast,” he said. ‘The road has been long, difficult and very painful.’
Referring to the twins, Charlene said: ‘When I returned to the Principality, I focused all my energy on my children, my husband and my health because they are my priority.’
Monaco’s palace has always denied media reports of a breakup between Charlene and the principality’s ruler, Albert, who married in 2011.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.
However, rumors that the couple were incompatible surfaced early on, with Charlene attracting a barrage of attention for an apparent bad dose of pre-wedding jitters that reportedly caused her to seek refuge in her husband’s embassy. country and earn the nickname ‘the runaway bride’. .
In December 2020, it seemed that the relationship was plagued by rumors and a third paternity suit was emerging.
The December 2020 allegations claimed that Albert had fathered a love child (which would be his third, if proven) with an unidentified Brazilian woman during the time he and Charlene were already in a relationship.
The woman said she met the Prince at a nightclub in Rio de Janeiro in 2004, when Charlene and Albert were allegedly dating.
His daughter, a 15-year-old Brazilian schoolgirl, sent a handwritten note in Portuguese to Prince Albert at the Royal Palace last September.
Albert’s legal team called the allegations “hoaxing” and the legal team for the woman in question declined to comment.
It was scheduled to hit the Milan courts in February, but it never started. Some believe the matter has been resolved.
Shortly after the allegations came to light in December 2020, Charlene shaved half her head in a punk rock style. In the spring, she went to South Africa.