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Princess Stéphanie of Monaco

Princess Stéphanie
Born (1965-02-01) 1 February 1965
Spouse Daniel Ducruet
(m. 1995; div. 1996)
Adans Lopez Peres
(m. 2003; div. 2004)
Issue Louis Ducruet
Pauline Ducruet
Camille Gottlieb
Full name
Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth
House House of Grimaldi
Father Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
Mother Grace Kelly

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac (Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi; born 1 February 1965) is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and actress Grace Kelly, and the sister of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover. Currently the tenth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, she has been a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • Fashion 2.1
    • Musical career 2.2
    • Philanthropy and patronages 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
    • Studio albums 4.1
    • Compilation albums 4.2
    • Singles 4.3
    • Promotional singles 4.4
    • Featured singles 4.5
  • Title, styles, and honours 5
    • Titles and styles 5.1
    • Honours 5.2
  • Ancestry 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Princess Stéphanie walking with her mother in 1969

Stéphanie was born to Rainier III and Grace Kelly on 1 February 1965. She is the youngest of their three children, after Caroline and Albert II. Stéphanie was named after her great-great-great-great-grandmother Stéphanie de Beauharnais. Her godparents are her maternal uncle John B. Kelly, Jr. and paternal first cousin Elisabeth-Anne de Massy.[1] Her mother, who described Stéphanie as a "warm, bright, amusing, intelligent and capable girl" and a "good athlete", lovingly called her "wild child" (French: enfant terrible).[2]

On 13 September 1982, while returning home from their farm in Rocagel, France, Stéphanie and her mother had a car accident. Grace died the next day, on 14 September, while Stéphanie sustained a hairline fracture of a neck vertebra. Although the official version was that Grace suffered a stroke while driving, it was rumoured that Stéphanie, who had to miss her mother's funeral due to her recovery, was the one actually driving. Stéphanie herself refused to speak publicly about her mother's death until 1989, when she gave an interview to the author Jeffrey Robinson, insisting that the story was untrue. She said, "There was a lot of pressure on me because everyone was saying that I had been driving the car, that it was all my fault, that I'd killed my mother... It's not easy when you're 17 to live with that."[3] She did not discuss the subject again until a 2002 interview with the French magazine Paris Match in which she repeated her earlier denial, and discussed the trauma of being beside her mother at the time of the accident. She said, "Not only did I go through the horrible trauma of losing my mother at a very young age, but I was beside her at the moment of the accident. Nobody can imagine how much I've suffered, and still suffer."[4][5]

Stéphanie is fluent in French, Monegasque, English and Italian. She was educated at the Dames de Saint-Maur in Monaco, and then at the Dupanloup in Paris, France. Stéphanie received her baccalauréat in 1982. During her school years, she studied classic dance and piano, and also competed in gymnastics and horse riding. She also attended Camp Oneka an all-girls summer camp in the Pocono Mountains, where both her sister and mother had attended previously. [6]



In 1983, after her physical recovery from the accident which killed her mother, Stéphanie started an apprentice programme at Christian Dior under the direction of head designer Marc Bohan.[7] The following year, she debuted as a model on the biannual haute couture special published by Spanish magazine ¡Hola!, a venture that she repeated in 1990. In 1985, Stéphanie covered German Vogue and the American edition of Vanity Fair.[8] She also became the spokesperson of the Swiss beauty line La Prairie, for which she was photographed by Horst, and she appeared on the cover of French Vogue, photographed by the late Helmut Newton, in September 1986.

Dignitaries gather at the National Portrait Galley in October 1986 for the presentation of a portrait head of Princess Grace of Monaco by her family. Includes (l-r): Stefano Casiraghi, Princess Stephanie, Princess Caroline, Prince Ranier III, First Lady Nancy Reagan and Secretary Robert Adams.

In 1986, Stéphanie launched a swimwear line Pool Position with Alix de la Comble, whom she had met during her internship at Dior. The fashion show to present the line, held at the Sporting Club in Monaco and attended by Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, was a major event covered by the worldwide media.[9] In 1989, Stéphanie launched her own self-titled perfume.[10]

Stéphanie co-owns Replay cafes and stores in both Monaco and Barcelona. In December 2008, she guest-edited and covered the Vogue Paris.[11][12]

Musical career

Stéphanie (1986)

In February 1986, Stéphanie self-produced and released her first single with the French label Carrere, under the production of Yves Roze. The song "Ouragan" and its English version "Irresistible" were both international hits, reportedly selling more than 2 million copies. "Ouragan" is one of the best-selling singles in France of all time.[13] The full album Besoin, released as Stéphanie in some countries, sold more than 1.5million units, with 100.000 in France only.[14] The single "Flash", as well as its English version "One Love to Give", also achieved success throughout Europe. In January 1987, Stéphanie released the single "Young Ones Everywhere" to benefit UNICEF.

The same year, Stéphanie moved to Los Angeles to record a new album. However, it took her five years to release it. The album Stéphanie, released in 1991, met with disappointing sales and negative reviews,[15] despite the promotional tour that included the performance in The Oprah Winfrey Show.[16] Stéphanie then ended her music career after recording "In the Closet" with Michael Jackson for his album Dangerous. The song became a worldwide hit and reached the top ten in the United States but Stéphanie was credited on the single under the alias "Mystery Girl" and her involvement in the song was not revealed until a few years later. She made a brief return to singing in 2006, when she recorded "L'Or de nos vies", a charity single, along with her foundation Fight AIDS.[17]

Philanthropy and patronages

Monegasque Princely Family

HSH The Prince
HSH The Princess

HRH The Princess of Hanover
HSH Princess Stéphanie

Stéphanie is the president of several associations, including Monaco Youth Center and Princess Stéphanie Activity Center, and is an honorary board member of the Princess Grace Foundation – United States. She has also been the patron of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, which she regularly attends,[18] and the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE), which was founded in 1963 by her mother Grace, Princess of Monaco.[19] Since 1985, Stéphanie has been the president of the Monte-Carlo Magic Grand Prix and the International Festival of Amateur Theatre.[1] She is also the president of the Théâtre Princesse Grace.[20]

In 2003, Stéphanie created her own Women Face the AIDS Association, which became Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, in order to support people living with

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Born: 1 February 1965
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
9th position Succeeded by
Louis Ducruet

External links

  1. ^ a b "H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie".  
  2. ^ Hauptfuhrer, Fred (5 April 1982). "Aging Gracefully".  
  3. ^ "Princess Grace's Fatal Crash: Her Daughter's Account". Chicago Tribune. 23 October 1989. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Princess Stephanie breaks her silence on the accident that killed her mother".  
  5. ^ "'"Stephanie: 'I was not at wheel when Grace was killed. Guardian. 11 October 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The youngest Grimaldi girl".  
  7. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (19 November 1984). "High Intrigue and Haute Couture: the Tainted Troubled Times of Monaco's Princess Stephanie".  
  8. ^ "Princess Stephanie: Her Model's Portfolio".  
  9. ^ "Thanks to a Curious 'Family Friend,' Princess Stephanie's in the Swim—and Daddy's in Deep Water".  
  10. ^ "Latest news and profile of Princess Stephanie of Monaco".  
  11. ^ Wass, Andy (5 December 2008). "Mag Hag: Princess Stephanie of Monaco for Vogue Paris". Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Royalty as Cover Models: Princess Stephanie of Monaco Does Vogue". December 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Les meilleures ventes tout temps de 45 T. / Singles". (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Hiltbrand, David (9 September 1991). "Picks and Pans Review: Stephanie".  
  16. ^ "Monaco's Princess Stephanie".  
  17. ^ a b "UNAIDS Special Representative HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco leads creative AIDS fundraising activities".  
  18. ^ "Estefanía de Mónaco y su hija Pauline Ducruet se reúnen con la gran familia del circo".  
  19. ^ "Estefanía de Mónaco y Charlene Wittstock, dos mujeres unidas por una misma causa".  
  20. ^ "Théâtre Princesse Grace". Gouvernement Princier: Principaute de Monaco. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  21. ^ "HSH Princess Stephanie, Chairperson of Fight Aids Monaco (FAM), lays the cornerstone of La Maison de Vie in Carpentras".  
  22. ^ "World Aids Day – Auction Sale on behalf of Fight Aids Monaco (F.A.M.)".  
  23. ^ "Fight Aids Monaco (F.A.M.) Summer Gala featuring Christophe Maé in concert".  
  24. ^ "Jungle Fight celebrated its second anniversary".  
  25. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (7 February 1983). "After Tragedy, a Healing Love".  
  26. ^ "Stephanie Wards Off the Autumn Chill with a Batch of Beaus".  
  27. ^ Green, Michelle (15 June 1992). "A Princess Reborn".  
  28. ^ Barron, James (3 July 1995). "Chronicle".  
  29. ^ "Princess Stephanie's pretty daughter Pauline takes centre stage at circus fest".  
  30. ^ "Mum's the Word".  
  31. ^ Hall, Alan (15 August 2003). "Trailer park princess".  
  32. ^ "Prinses Stéphanie van Monaco opnieuw getrouwd".  
  33. ^ "The turbulent love life and marriages of Albert's sisters".  
  34. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi".  
  35. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (25 June 1984). "A New Beginning for Monaco's Princess".  
  36. ^ "Monegasque Royal Residences". 
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See also List of honours of the Monegasque Princely Family by country


  • 1 February 1965 – present: Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac

Titles and styles

Title, styles, and honours

Year Single Chart Album
US Hot
1992 "In the Closet" (Michael Jackson featuring Stéphanie) 6 1 1 8 5 23 14 15 9 9 9 10 2 29 25 Dangerous
2006 "L'or de nos vies" (as part of Fight AIDS) 14 5 43 Non-Album single

Featured singles

Year Single Chart Album
1987 "Young Ones Everywhere" Besoin

Promotional singles

Year Single Chart Album
1986 "Ouragan/Irresistible" 1 11 2 5 84 Besoin
"Flash/One Love to Give" 4 28 10 1
1987 "Fleurs du mal" 16
"Live Your Life" 9
1991 "Winds of Chance" 54 Stéphanie
"You Don't Die from Love"


Year Album Chart
2011 Collection Référence 80 - Le meilleur des Années 80
Released: 2011
Label: LM Music

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart
1986 Besoin
Released: 1986
Label: Julisa/Carrere
6 12 59 6
1991 Stéphanie
Released: 1991
Label: WTG/Epic

Studio albums


Princess Stephanie and her family live in the Villa Clos Saint-Martin in Monaco-ville. [36]

Stéphanie is the godmother to Andrea Casiraghi, the eldest son of her sister Princess Caroline.[34][35]

In 2001, Stéphanie began a relationship with married elephant trainer Franco Knie and moved, along with her three children, into Knie's circus caravan. However, that relationship came to an end in 2002, and Stéphanie and her family returned to Monaco. [31] On 10 September 2003, Stéphanie married Portuguese acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, a member of Knie's circus ensemble.[32] The marriage ended in divorce in November 2004. Stephanie is currently romantically involved with Jacques Darrow Carr, an American paralegal who is a former legal assistant to now deceased La Cosa Nostra attorney Sidney Korshak.[33]

Although she did not identify the father's name on the birth certificate, it has been rumoured Camille's father is Jean Raymond Gottlieb.[30] As her parents never married, Camille is not included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.

Stéphanie gave birth to her third child:

The children were included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, when Stéphanie married Ducruet on 1 July 1995 in Monaco.[28] The couple divorced on 4 October 1996.

The couple had two children:

Stéphanie had dated Paul Belmondo,[25] Anthony Delon,[26] Rob Lowe and Jean-Yves Le Fur before she began a relationship with her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet in 1992.[27]

Royal Monogram

Personal life


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