The party is over.
22/07/04 - News and city section
Stephanie goes back to her first husband
By Allan Hall, Evening Standard In Berlin
Princess Stephanie of Monaco's 10-month marriage to a circus acrobat is reportedly over and heading for the divorce courts.
Newspapers in Germany and Switzerland say 39-yearold Stephanie split up from Portuguese trapeze artist Adans Lopez Peres, 30, last week and has already contacted lawyers seeking a quickie divorce next month.
Germany's Bild newspaper reported that Stephanie has been seeing her first husband Daniel Ducruet, also 39, who is father to two of her children, Louis, 11, and 10-yearold Pauline.
The Bild headline today reads: "The fall from the trapeze of love." In Switzerland-the newspaper Blick quoted Peres telling a friend: "Yes, we're having a marriage crisis. But I'm fighting for my marriage. Stephanie is the greatest love of my life."
But he has reportedly moved out of their apartment, taking his belongings in two suitcases and three cardboard cartons.
Peres is performing in a variety-cabaret show in D?sseldorf with his brother. Bild reported that he is "whining like a dog" over his shattered marriage.
A mutual friend of the couple told the newspaper: "Love hit them both like lightning.
When Adans asked Stephanie if she would like to be his wife she said "yes" immediately.
"But her answer was a reaction against her family. Now she has lost all interest in him."
Stephanie was the wild child of the House of Grimaldi whose love affairs have driven father Prince Rainier to desperation.
She was only 16 when she began a love affair with Paul Belmondo, son of French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo, who was 24 years her senior.
Two years ago she broke up the marriage of circus director Franco Knie, 49, before taking up with his star acrobat-Peres last year. The duo scandalised rural Switzerland last year when they took a camper van hol iday through the Alps with Stephanie shopping in revealing clothes and hanging out her underwear from the back window of the camper van to dry.
According to Bild, Ducruet - her former bodyguard and a one-time fish salesman - is firmly back on the scene.
"Is this the real reason behind the break-up?" the paper asked.