“Until we were 14 we couldn’t eat with our parents”
Princess Caroline gave a glimpse of life as a Monaco royal in honour of her brother Prince Albert’s 60th birthday, which was the cause for a new book titled Albert II of Monaco, The Man and The Prince. The princess spoke candidly about her relationship with her parents, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III, saying she and her siblings weren’t very close to their mother and father as youngsters.
“Until we were 14, we wouldn’t eat with our parents,”
the 61-year-old explained. Instead, the royal siblings built a strong relationship with their nanny, Maureen Wood.
“For my brother and I, Maureen was the key figure in our life,” she said. “When we were little, we were probably closer to our nanny than to our parents.”
Grace Kelly’s daughter also shared that she and Prince Albert would get sad when their nanny would leave on her summer vacation.
“When she was leaving Rocagel, Albert and I would yell ‘Don’t go, don’t go!’ We were sad for days. Most often than not, our mother would end up calling her to ask her to come home earlier than planned,” Caroline said.
Back in 1964, when their mom and dad attended King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece’s wedding, Albert and Caroline’s nanny threw a special party for Princess Grace’s children — who were disappointed that they were not invited to the nuptials. In the book, Maureen said,
“I decided that we would have our own gala dinner at the Palace. The Chef cooked a special menu, Caroline wore one of her mother’s gown, Albert wore a uniform, and I wore a gown too. Then we put on music, and we danced.”
While Caroline might not have had a close relationship with her parents at an early age, she shares a strong bond with her four children — Princess Alexandra of Hanover, 18, Andrea Casiraghi, 33, Pierre Casiraghi, 30, and Charlotte Casiraghi, 31. The mom-of-four recently spent quality time with her firstborn Andrea and his wife Tatiana Santo Domingo in London. The trio were pictured on Tuesday, April 3, strolling the streets of the UK city. Tatiana, who is expecting her third child with the Monaco royal, showed off her growing belly as she walked alongside her mother-in-law.
Originally published at Hello! Magazine