GRACE OF MONACO: THE TRUE STORY
BY JEFFREY ROBINSON
I finally made it to Monte Carlo last year. A lifelong dream of mine, I spent a whole day sight-seeing around the tiny Principality of Monaco. I’d always been drawn to it by the star-studded glamour, the famous Grand Prix and of course Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo!
But what really struck me during my whistle-stop tour of the place was the enduring presence of its much loved Princess Grace Kelly more than 30 years after her death.
The dazzling movie star from Philadelphia had lit up the big screen in the 1950s opposite James Stewart, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in highly acclaimed films such as Rear Window, To Catch a Thief and High Society.
However, she retired from acting at the age of 26 when she became Princess Grace of Monaco after meeting, falling in love with and marrying the Principality’s ruling Prince Ranier III.
Their relationship became one of the most famous romances of the 20th century and the real inside story of it has been updated and revised here to coincide with the recent release of Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman. The film may have been panned (I haven’t seen it yet so cannot comment) but don’t let that put you off this fascinating read.
It is extraordinary that author Jeffrey Robinson wrote this story about the world’s most glamorous family with the full cooperation of Ranier and his three children. Robinson had got to know Grace when he lived in France and his friendship with the Grimaldi household is evident as they divulge private moments and delightful insight into the life of Princess Grace – their wife, their mother. Continue reading