Synopses & Reviews
In all its glittering splendor and decadence, here is the uncensored story of a family bred for glory, and destined for tragedy.
The jewel in the crown of Europe's lush Cote D'Azur, the fiercely independent principality of Monaco gleams like a diamond above the Mediterranean. This playground of the rich and beautiful reached its zenith with Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and their three children-- until Grace's tragic death in 1982. As the myth began to crumble, scandal rocked Monaco in every way, from its institutions to its image to the royal family itself. Now, through searching interviews with family members, personal friends, and long-time courtiers, the intimate, shocking truths about Monaco are explored in vivid detail, including:
* The ancient Curse of the Grimaldis and its legacy of misfortune
* The never-before-told story of Princess Grace's abortion before she married Prince Rainier
* New details about Princess Grace on the night before she died, and her death in a Monaco hospital
* The alleged secret plot to destroy Princess Stephanie's marriage
* The appalling rumors about the death of Stefano Casiraghi, Princess Caroline's second husband
* The wild love life of Prince Albert and the rumors that haunt him
With eight pages of dramatic photos!
For more than 700 years, the Grimaldis have ruled the tiny principality of Monaco. Perched like a glittering jewel on the lush Cote d'Azur between France and Italy, Monaco has long been the playground of the world's rich and beautiful. When Hollywood star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier in the 1950s, she made Monaco and irs royal family icons of style and fashion. But with her tragic death in a car accident in 1982, the myth began to crumble. John Glatt offers an intimate look at the world's most glamorous royal family, including:
-- New details about Princess Grace's death from a nurse at the hospital where she died and the best friend she spoke to the night before the accident
-- The never-before-told story of Grace Kelly's secret abortion before she married Prince Rainier
-- An in-depth interview with Prince Albert in which he talks candidly about his love life and the false rumors of homosexuality that haunt him
-- A portrait of Monaco as a police state in which everyone is under constant surveillance. The first interview ever given by the former head of the Monaco secret police
-- The scandalous story behind Princess Stephanie's marriage and messy divorce from bodyguard David Ducruet
Includes bibliographical references (p. 296) and index.
About the Author
is the author of four books and has more than twenty-five years' experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He divides his time between New York and London.