This thread is dedicated to PHILIPPE JUNOT. Please post anything and everything you know about this aging playboy. I'll start it out with what is in the October 2003 issue of Vanity Fair about Junot, in an article titled "Princesses Behaving Badly", by Judy Bachrach.
[Font=Arial] It was not as though Ranier and Grace didn't have their problems with the equally defiant but more intelligent and focused Caroline. “Where are you going?” Grace had demanded one night in the mid-70s as she sat crocheting a silver metallic cap for her 18-year-old to wear with white crepe evening pajamas, which Grace, who never threw anything away, had pulled from her own cluttered wardrobe.
“I’m meeting Philippe at a nightclub,” said the love-struck girl, who was by that time, as Robyns notes, “a slave to Junot . . . besotted with him--she couldn’t keep her hands off him.”
“You’re not going anywhere unless he comes to fetch you here,” Grace responded. Glancing at her daughter, she hastily adjusted the décolletage of the revealing outfit. “Be careful to see that it’s not too low, and look out for the photographers standing on chairs!” the former star warned. “They’ll do anything to get a cleavage shot.” (For her part, the pre-pubescent Stephanie was envious of her older sister’s romance. “Caroline and Junot used to rub against each other in the most intimate way,” recalls Robyns. “Stephanie was furious and did not hide her jealousy.”)
Junot, now a businessman dealing in hedge funds, still bears the craggy stamp of the consummate boulevardier on his world-weary face. The son of a Parisian deputy mayor, he was famous for his social life. “I belonged at that time to a milieu where it was completely natural to meet people like Caroline” is practically his first remark to me. He remembers their first date vividly, when he picked up Caroline at her mother’s apartment in Paris. Grace was receiving the pianist Artur Rubinstein, who was a neighbour. At this period of her life, she was patently unhappy with Rainier and living apart from her husband on the Avenue Foch. Junot’s new girlfriend, 17 years his junior, certainly had her attractions. “Caroline was young but not necessarily naïve. And, of course,” he adds meaningfully, “not weathered by life.”
And Rainer? I ask. Was he has invasive a presence in the relationship as everyone says?
“That was, ah, yet to be discovered,” Junot replies dryly.
In fact, as everyone realised, Ranier and Grace were united on one thing: they couldn’t abide Junot. He spent a great deal of time in the company of flashy women--Christina Onassis was a friend, as was Countess Agneta von Furstenberg--and Rainer was uncertain how he made a living. But resistance to Caroline’s most ardent suitor only reinforced the girl’s determination to marry him. “Caroline threatened to walk out and go live with him,” Grace told Robyns, “so I have no option.” Grace was under no illusions about the marriage. “I give it two years,” she said shortly before the 1978 wedding.
Exactly two years later, Robyns, on assignment to write a piece on the young couple’s domestic bliss for a ladies’ magazine, found a red-eyed Caroline at the door of her Paris apartment on the Avenue Bosquet. There was ample cause for Caroline’s distress. Paparazzi had caught Junot dancing with Agneta von Furstenberg at a New York nightclub. “That was absolutely a mistake,” Junot concedes. He claims, however, that he was never unfaithful to his wife, adding with appreciate irony, “It didn’t last long, so I am not looking for any medals.”
Pastorelli, Caroline’s bodyguard for many years, recalls matters differently. “How shall I tell you?” Junot was a boy who loved to have fund.” He chuckles. “And at one point, Caroline, who was very much in love with him, could not longer stand it.”
When the break came, it was Grace who advised her teary daughter. “You stay here at home--I’ll go to your apartment!” And with that, says Robyns, she went to the Junot apartment to fetch Caroline’s possessions.
Does anybody remember the incident, I think it was in a Paris nightclub, where Junot poured a bottle of champagne over his head? I think this occurred before he was married to Princess Caroline, and it was things like this that didn't endear him to the Grimaldis. Any link to the somewhere where it talks about this? This would, of course, have been in the 1970's.
Also, with regards to how Junot made his living back then, supposedly he was involved in the financing of "Jack-In-The-Box" drive-thru hamburger stands in the United States. Anybody know anything about this? Junot always claimed he was a "banker", but he didn't work for a bank.
Any recent pictures of Junot? Who's he married to these days? I read where he is married.
WOULDN'T JUNOT HE'D SAY THAT: Former Famous Husband Philippe Junot has just published reminiscences about his life, including some not-so-nice bits about his ex, Princess Caroline of Monaco. She ''needed to be admired and spoiled by all the men she met,'' he writes in a self-serving excerpt published in the Italian magazine Gente. ''She loved me in her way...
"One evening at Manhattan’s trendy Xenon disco, she [Rachel Ward] inspired a brawl between Princess Caroline’s then husband, Philippe Junot, and David Kennedy, RFK’s son, whom she dated for five months prior to his 1979 drug scandal."
I just realised something. The Vanity Fair article mentions Junot's habit of being in the company of "flashy women" and that "Christina Onassis was a friend". Ranier would have disliked him for that. Monaco (and the Grimaldis) were broke and out of money coming into the 1950's. The Grimaldis only began to come into money when they geared up the casino, which was/is owned by "Societe des Bains de Mer (literally "The Society of Sea Bathers"), or otherwise simply referred to has "SBM" in Monaco. The problem was that the Grimaldi's/Ranier did not own/control SBM. Aristotle Onassis did. It was Onassis who developee Monte Carlo and turned Monaco into the money-earner it is today, not Ranier. Ranier didn't have control of SBM, Onassis did, and Ranier didn't like that.
Yes, I doubt very much if Ranier liked his daughter marrying a guy who was good friends with Christina Onassis.
The next-to-past photo (#24) is probably the best shot of Junot. The woman in photo #20 would give any woman in the world a run for here money. Junot certainly seems to know how to surround himself with beautiful women, year-in and year-out.
In May there was an article in Hola about Phillip Junot. He is divorced from his wife and they have three children. And the article was that he is getting again close to his Spanish wife. Junot lives in Spain.
That is all. B)
Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women like to be a man's last romance.
Original caption: To be Married. Princess Caroline and her fiance, Philippe Junot, are shown in this official photograph released by the palace here prior to their wedding, June 28. June 22, 1978.
Princess Caroline and Husband
Original caption: London, England: Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, Phillippe Junot, arriving at Regine's Rooftop Club for a private fund-raising, first night of the opening of the club. The proceeds of tonight's gala opening in aid of UNICEF. January 9, 1979.
Original caption: Monaco: Princess Caroline and Philippe Junot walk through the flag-bedecked streets of old Monaco after their June 29 civil wedding service.
Original caption: Monaco: Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband Philippe Junot look on the huge wedding cake at the party given in Monaco Palace for relatives and all Monegasques born as Princess Caroline in 1957 who were invited to the lunch following the religious wedding June 29.
Just wondered how people view Junot today. I mean, having re-read the quotes/interview in Vanity Fair, he seems to have mellowed out, and seems to speak like a statesman/diplomat (re dancing with Agneta von Furstenburg, "That was absolutely a mistake", and re the marriage, "It didn't last long, so I am not looking for any medals", and re Prince Rainier's reputed intrusiveness, "That was, ah, yet to be discovered", and Caroline at that time, "Caroline was young but not necessarily naïve. And, of course,” he adds meaningfully, “not weathered by life").
Anyway, if they had stayed together, I think they would have been well-viewed in this day and age. I don't think he would have been embarassing her at his stage in life. I mean, I can't imagine Philippe Junot these days getting publicly drunk, urinating in public on a Turkish building, etc. And he's not a blimp - he's still got a youthful figure. And his face is described as "craggy", wheras Caroline's current husband, Prince Ernst, I would charitably describe as "ham-faced" (although, I think that is perhaps largely caused by over-eating).
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MARBELLA Spain 03 06 2005
GUNILLA VON BISMARK PARTY FOR THE OPENING OF HER NEW MASION IN MARBELLA SPAIN
PHILLIPE JUNOT SPENT THE WEEKEND IN MARBELLA. HE WAS WITH DUCHESS SILVIA
SERA DI CASONO ALL THE TIME. BOTH ATENDED THE GUNILLA'S HOUSE WARMING PARTY.
PRINCESS CAROLINE OF MONACO FIRST HUSBAND LIVES BETWEEN PARIS AND MARBELLA
WERE HIS SECOND WIFE NINA WENDERHOE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN LIVE
'I think optimism is a choice one makes. For me, the cup is half full. Or maybe a quarter full. Or at least there is a cup.
Or there could be a cup…' (Princess Caroline of Hanover)
i don't understand why caro was attracted to phillipe junot. he 17 years older and not very cute. why in the world would a beautiful young rich girl want him?
there are some women, especially when they are young, who are very strongly attracted to older men. i am not saying all women. but some women go through a period of their lives when they want to "rebel" and date the wild older man whom they know their parents won't approve of. I think part of Junot's appeal to Caroline was that he was a fast-living, "swanky" (love that word!) guy and she knew her parents would lose sleep over the relationship!
Remember Caroline was a very rebellious 17-year-old. She had to go through that, get it out of her system. :)