I didn’t write it on a napkin but on proper paper from the First Class cabin.
I think he knew I wasn’t intimidated by him, that I felt comfortable in his presence.‘I was charmed but no, it wasn’t love at first sight. Albert called me and asked me to come to Monaco for the weekend.
As his subjects reeled at the news of his liaison, he continued to disown Alexandre, even though behind the scenes he was more than happy to be part of his son’s life.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Nicole, who has fought hard – but unsuccessfully – for Alexandre to be recognised as a prince, tells how she was shunned by Monaco society and left to explain to her tearful son why his father no longer sees him.‘The truth is that, I’m sorry to say, Albert hasn’t seen Alexandre since a brief visit last September. I don’t want to attack her but I think it is just jealousy and I don’t know why.
It all seemed very natural and I bought my own ticket and stayed with him at his private apartment.
For the fabulously wealthy citizens of Monaco, it was the news they longed to hear.
Her announcement that ‘kids will come’ not only delighted the principality’s conservative people who yearn for a House of Grimaldi heir, but it also put paid to rumours that the royal marriage is somewhat fractious.Renowned for his roving eye, Albert – known as the ‘playboy prince’ who has been linked to a string of beauties including Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields – demanded DNA tests before he accepted paternity.It has become impossible since he married that girl,’ she says referring to Charlene, 36. I have been through hell in my fight for my son’s name and future.’Understandably loath to go into the detail about her son’s distress, Nicole leaves it to a close confidante to explain how the distance has affected her son. ” He has to be told that his father is busy.’The row over Albert’s treatment of his son could not have come at a worse time for the Grimaldis.‘Alexandre misses his daddy dreadfully,’ the friend says. The principality is reeling from a dispute about Grace Of Monaco, a film about Albert’s mother, the late Princess Grace, which will have its world premiere at Cannes on May 14.Albert, 56, who was denied any input into the film, believes it will depict his late father Prince Rainier as a weak-willed ruler who controlled his wife’s life.
He fears the fallout from both incidents will tarnish the reputation of Monaco – which he has ruled since his father’s death in 2005 – as a gilded location.‘I always served in First Class so I was accustomed to dealing with VIPs.