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Romance between British Iranian Alexander Dellal and Monaco’s Princess Charlotte Sets Off Paparazzi Scrutiny in European Press
Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (born August 3, 1986, at the Princess Grace Clinic in
Monte Carlo, Monaco), also known as Charlotte of Monaco, is the daughter of HRH
Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco and the late
Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist. She is named after her maternal
great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte of Monaco. Popular with the paparazzi and
society reporters who find her stylish good looks to be reminiscent of her
mother and maternal grandmother, American actress Grace Kelly. Although not
titled herself, she is fourth in line to the throne of Monaco. However she has
been in the Spotlight of the People’s Press and Royalty Magazines in Europe for
being romantically linked to Alexander Dellal the son of a wealthy British Iranian
businessman and socialite. Whether or Not the romance between the two Lovebirds
will last the Summer season is yet to be seen given that Monaco’s Royalty has
always had a long history of short lived romances particularly for the children
of the glamourous Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The Current
Monarch (rather Prince) Albert II for instance has yet not decided on whether
or not to marry his latest Conquest a South African Olympic Swimming Champion
turned Monaco Socialite: Charlene Wittstock.
Charlotte’s Mother Caroline first marriage to a French Playboy Philippe Junot
against her parents will in late 1978 led to a divorce that jeapordized
Monaco’s highly religious ties with the Vatican. Eventually Caroline’s
subsequent marriages were to make headlines with more or less dramatic results.
Princess Stephanie of Monaco the youngest of the Royal Princess’ was also
widely chased by Paparazzi’s for her numerous and often unhappy Love Affairs.
It seems that as wisdom seems to have finally appeared amongst the Monaco
Elders that the young generation of the Grimaldi Family are now being
scrutinized by the Paparazzi’s unsatiable appetite for sensational news. The
Time of Royal Glamour and Glitter so uniquely embodied by the beautiful Hollywood
Star Grace Kelly turned Princess to the Shy and Handsom Prince Rainier III
seems like a long lost age of innocence and nostalgic romance in comparison to
the Superficial Jet Set World of Celebrities and Millionaires that Monaco has
and her two brothers, Andrea and Pierre, grew up in the tiny Mediterranean
principality ruled by their maternal grandfather, Rainier III of Monaco. When
she was four years old, her father was killed in a boating accident.
Distraught, Princess Caroline moved the family to the beautiful Midi village of
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France where the children grew up protected from the
inquisitive eyes of the press. At the age of five, her paternal grandparents,
Giancarlo and Fernanda Casiraghi, gave her a small island off Sardinia
reportedly valued at US $7 million, or $9 million according to one source.
January 1999, she gained a stepfather when her mother married Ernst August V,
Prince of Hanover. Six months later, Casiraghi's half-sister, Princess Alexandra
of Hanover, was born at a clinic in Voecklabruck Austria. The family then moved
to the Parisian suburb of Fontainebleau, to be closer to the Prince's children
from a previous marriage, who live in London with their mother, Chantal
Hochuli. Casiraghi continued to pursue show jumping, participating in a number
of Junior and Amateur class equestrian competitions. Her then-trainer, Thierry
Rozier, was quoted in the US magazine Newsweek saying that Casiraghi wanted to
be seen as a serious show jumping athlete, rather than a socialite.
is of Italian, Monegasque and American heritage. Casiraghi has been dating
current boyfriend Alexander Dellal, son of wealthy property developer Guy
Dellal and Brazilian supermodel Andrea, since March 2007. The twosome has
attracted much of Europe's media attention, and are regularly photographed
together. They are often seen shopping in Paris and attending social functions
in London, where Dellal lives and works as a co-owner of a gallery.
Interestingly another member of the Dellal Family, Alex’s sister Alice Dellal a
Top Model is said to also be romantically linked to Charlotte’s Brother Andrea.
So there seems to be a special affinity and friendship between the British
Iranian Dellal Family and the equally Cosmopolititan Grimaldi’s family.
wish the best for the two young lovers and that their Love Story will be a
happy and enduring one under the Monégasque Sun.
LES AMOUREUX !
Photo 1& 2: photocomposition ©DK & ©HOLA
Photo 3: IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Sister and Top Model Alice
Photo 4: Monaco: Europe’s Jet Set Paradise
Photo 5: Princess Grace (Kelly) and Prince Rainier of
Monaco were good Friends of Iran’s Imperial Couple including in the subsequent
years of exile for Ira