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Old 10-02-2005, 09:47 AM
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Caroline about her marriage with Phillipe Junot

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'It was very paradoxical. It all had to do with the way were brought up. Mommy said, "Of course he's the wrong man and you shouldn't marry him but now you've been compromised. You've been dating him for too long, so now either get engaged officially or stop seeing him and go off to the States and finish university there." She wanted me to go to Princeton. So, of course I said, "Okay, let's get engaged." I was 20 or 21 and didn't really want to get married. If I'd lived with him for six months, or even just three months, I'd found out right away what he was like. But I wasn't allowed to go off on vacations with him or even spend weekends with him, except at his parent's house, which was all very proper. I really didn't know him very well. Getting married was simply the correct way out.'
Caroline says that when she announced to her mother that she wanted to marry Junot, she added the proviso, 'But if you're really against it, I won't.'
'I told her, "I'm not going to run away and get married against your will. Maybe I'll be miserable if I can't see him any more but don't worry, I won't do it." She said, "Go ahead and get married. After all, what are people going to think after you've been dating this guy for two years?" How times have changed since then. It's amazing. I married Phillippe because I was in love with him. That's a good enough reason for marrying anybody. But then one day you wake up and wonder what you've done. I guess I started to wake up and wonder what I'd done while we were still on our honeymoon. He'd arranged with a photographer friend of his to meet us there to have the exclusive rights to our honeymoon pictures. That's when it all started to click. That was terrible. The end started right there. But it took me a year and a half to finish it. A long time.'
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:52 AM
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Caroline about her divorce

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When she finally gave up on Junot and wanted to come home, her parents were very suppotive.
'Mommy was very helpful. I didn't dare divorce or even mention divorce because Catholics don't divorce. You're supposed to just make the best of it. But mommy said, "You have to get divorced." I said, " How can you talk like that? We're a religious family." I told her I was trying to find a way to work something out. But mommy said, " Religion is there to help people, not to make your life miserable."
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:28 PM
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Thanks a lot tbhrc, very interesting fragments you've posted.
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:43 PM
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:39 PM
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That certainly explains why she is more lenient about her children. But then if Andrea is to be a direct heir, would she let him live with a girl without marrying her to be sure they were right together?

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Old 10-02-2005, 09:38 PM
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Thanks a lot for the latest installments, tbhrc! :) I haven't read this book yet (so hard to find good titles on where I live) and I always wanted to, since this is the only book authorized by the family.
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:16 AM
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Thank you tbhrc, these were very interesting choices you made..
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:23 AM
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These Caroline quotes certainly are consistent with the Caroline who is very easygoing towards her Casiraghi trio... letting them a free rein with their relationships (felix and tatiana). I think Caroline is giving her kids the freedom she wished she had had herself.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:08 AM
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Thank for the information to all!
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Albert on Caroline when they were younger
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Albert feels that being e middle child was not always difficult, especially as Stephanie was so much younger.
But he says that Caroline was pretty bossy and pretty independent.
‘I went along with it for a while. Sure she annoyed me a few times when we were kids. Sure we used to fight. All brothers and sisters do. But when I was about 11 or 12, I was taking judo lessons. Once when she was harassing me I did a hip movement and threw her on to the floor. Ever since then we’ve had a good rapport.’ Caroline remembers the event well. ‘I certainly do
Caroline on Albert and Stephanie
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We’ve always been a very close family and I was especially close to Albert because we’re only a year apart. The thing was that he and I used to fight like cats and dogs while we were growing up. I mean we’d fight with the determined intention of causing vast amounts of pain. Well that day, just because he’d been taking judo lessons, he threw me on the floor so hard I knew that was the end of that. There could be no more picking on baby brother.’
As for Stephanie, ‘ There’s eight years difference between us so I guess I always felt responsible for her. I guess I was always playing the older sister. I baby sat for her and watched out for her.’
Caroline on realizing they were not like other Children
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I was maybe 14. It wasn’t a complete shock finding out that we were different from other kids because we’d sort of gotten used to certain things, like people taking our picture all the time. But that’s when I when I started to see there were a lot of things my friends could do that we weren’t allowed to do. Our parents were very strict with us. We weren’t allowed to go to the beach everyday. They wanted us to stay home and read and take our school work seriously. We had to dress properly all the time. My mother didn’t want me to were a two-piece bathing suit when I was a teenager. She thought it would be more proper if I wore a one piece even thought other girls my age were wearing bikinis. Like I said, mommy and daddy were very strict with us. We had to have somebody walk us to school and back. We couldn’t just hang out with the kids. We didn’t understand it then and I’m not sure I understand al of it now. I’m not sure all of it was necessary.
Caroline and Albert on Stephanie
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Caroline and Albert both contend that, of the tree Grimaldi children, the one who got away with the most was Stephanie .
Being seven years younger than her brother and eight years younger than her sister, they claim that Stephanie was always the baby in the family and that generally meant she was the one who could do what the other two couldn’t. Being freer than they were to bring friends home with her is just one example. Says Albert, ‘Stephanie learned very quickly how to wrap my mom around her little finger. And probably my father even more so than my mother. But don’t tell him that.’
‘ I played with Stephanie a lot when we were kids,’ Albert begins. ‘ probably because I love younger kids and even at that age I was kind of fascinated by this little baby in the family. So we always got along great. We’ve always had a good relationship.
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:52 PM
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Book Claims Monaco's Royal Family Exploits Privacy Laws

There's a book by Jean-Paul Champagne, a commentator on popular press, that claims the Monaco royal family (among others) exploits French privacy laws as an extra source of income. Here's a link to the article.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-stars...23/1305624.htm

Any thoughts on the subject?
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:30 PM
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There's a book by Jean-Paul Champagne, a commentator on popular press, that claims the Monaco royal family (among others) exploits French privacy laws as an extra source of income. Here's a link to the article.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-stars...23/1305624.htm

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What government or leadership entity isn't cheating their citizens?
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:42 PM
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There's a book by Jean-Paul Champagne, a commentator on popular press, that claims the Monaco royal family (among others) exploits French privacy laws as an extra source of income. Here's a link to the article.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-stars...23/1305624.htm

Any thoughts on the subject?
I didn't read the whole article I had no need to. I could say many things however I will say this Jean-Paul Champagne wanted a piece of the action of all he wrote about and will make a few million with endorsements.
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Old 03-02-2006, 01:45 PM
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I didn't read the whole article I had no need to. I could say many things however I will say this Jean-Paul Champagne wanted a piece of the action of all he wrote about and will make a few million with endorsements.
He's just as guilty as though he accuses of exploitation!
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Old 05-13-2006, 03:15 PM
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Princess Grace of Monaco's wedding dress

The Philadelphia museum of art has published a book to coincide with their exhibition of Princess Grace's wedding dress and prayer book. The book can be found on their website www.philamuseum.org
I have ordered this book but can't look at it yet as someone bought it for me for my birthday in a few weeks. I can't wait, it looks gorgeous!
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Old 05-19-2006, 08:59 PM
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Thanks for posting that link, angiep. I will definitely be ordering it.
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Princess Caroline - books?

Hi - I've just joined the forum so I hope I'm not repeating anything that may have been discussed before, but I've been wondering for a long time why there hasn't been any official biography of Caroline. I thought something might have been published to mark her 50th birthday, but i haven't come across anything as yet. I can only find one title listed on Amazon about Caroline & I think its a children's book. I know that Royalty mag published a Caroline special a while ago but it's pretty poor pickings for someone of Caro's standing - particularly when you see who does have biographies written about them these days
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The one you find on amazon is indeed a children's book.
There was also one from the writer Betrand Stabley-Meyer or Meyer-Stabley.
I've seen the cover once on a website, but I've never found the book itself.
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The one you find on amazon is indeed a children's book.
There was also one from the writer Betrand Stabley-Meyer or Meyer-Stabley.
I've seen the cover once on a website, but I've never found the book itself.
I have been wondering the same thing, about why there are not more biographies of P.Caroline. I own three, one in French, two in English (don't have the books with me, will have to check who the authors are). There was one that came out at about the time she got married to Philippe Junot, in English, but it seemed so full of inaccuracies I actually threw it away ! It's never resurfaced in my searches.

Her life is covered in some depth in several of the biographies of her parents, but obviously the authors borrow from each other, so you never read anything new. I haven't seen anything since her marriage to P.Ernst.

I always look when I am in used bookstores or any library. It is surprising what one can find : books I didn't even know existed.

I now make it a policy to buy any book about Monaco if I can find them discounted, otherwise experience has taught me I may never find them again...Besides it gives a goal when you are foraging in a used bookstore.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:55 PM
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Thanks for the information. I would really appreciate the details of the biographies you mention if you ever come across them. I have a biography of Caroline & Stephanie by Susan Crimp & Patricia Burstein written in 1998 but as you say there's often much reworking of the same information in many of the books published. I would have thought Caroline might have trusted someone to tell her story like Grace did with Gwen Robyns (is this author still alive?) Alternatively wouldn't it be wonderful to have some kind of photographic tribute?
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