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Old 01-20-2011, 12:49 PM
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The upbringing of Prince Rainier III and Princess Antoinette

When I went to write this blog for Princess Antoinette's nonagenarian birthday last December, I realized how little I know about her. Very little is known even from books. We know about her brother's education, but not about hers. What was her childhood like? Where did she go to school? Did she go to school or was she home-schooled with tutors or a governess?
In one book, which I quoted in the blog, there is a suggestion that Charlotte of Monaco was not nice to her daughter, that Antoinette was made to suffer a lot of insecurities from her mother's treatment.
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The book Palace written by Christian de Massy provides some information about Antoinette's early years. Apparently she was raised by an English Nanny who was a cousin of Winston Churchill. Massy records that his mother didn't have a good relationship with either her father or her mother (Charlotte) who in turn had little time for her daughter. He further states that whenever tutors or governesses were appointed she found fault with them. She took up ballet, piano & tennis (under the world champion Martin Plas) but behaved in a temperamental fashion with her teachers pronouncing them as incompetent. More revealing is Massy's comments that she would eat enormous amounts of food for "psychological reasons", bloat up & then diet down to nothing with equal fanaticism. "she could never do anything by halves.."
If Massy's account is true, Antoinette appears to have had a very troubled childhood,
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When I went to write this blog for Princess Antoinette's nonagenarian birthday last December, I realized how little I know about her. Very little is known even from books. We know about her brother's education, but not about hers. What was her childhood like? Where did she go to school? Did she go to school or was she home-schooled with tutors or a governess?
In one book, which I quoted in the blog, there is a suggestion that Charlotte of Monaco was not nice to her daughter, that Antoinette was made to suffer a lot of insecurities from her mother's treatment.
Yes, I would like to know more about her too, Thanks Elly C for the information. I don't see that many photos of her either?
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:26 AM
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The book Palace written by Christian de Massy provides some information about Antoinette's early years. Apparently she was raised by an English Nanny who was a cousin of Winston Churchill. Massy records that his mother didn't have a good relationship with either her father or her mother (Charlotte) who in turn had little time for her daughter. He further states that whenever tutors or governesses were appointed she found fault with them. She took up ballet, piano & tennis (under the world champion Martin Plas) but behaved in a temperamental fashion with her teachers pronouncing them as incompetent. More revealing is Massy's comments that she would eat enormous amounts of food for "psychological reasons", bloat up & then diet down to nothing with equal fanaticism. "she could never do anything by halves.."
If Massy's account is true, Antoinette appears to have had a very troubled childhood,
Thank you so much. That was very helpful. I'm now writing an obituary for her. I'm having so much fun doing it. She was a fascinating woman.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:41 PM
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I really wish someone would scan Princess Grace's flower collages in this book. (None of the Princess Grace/Grace Kelly fansites have the scans, let alone mention the book. Which ticks me off. Plus, it relates back to her Princess duties and Monaco legacy, so one would think someone somewhere would have scanned them already.)

(I don't own a scanner otherwise I would.)
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:00 AM
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After the wedding let's have a NEW UP-T0-DATE BOOK!

Why are there NO current up-to-date books on this family? I had a look at AMAZON.UK/COM and the last book written about the family was years ago (except Grace). I hope there will be a NEW bio in English after the couple are married. I thought I saw a recent new book on the couple but I must have been mistaken!

Amazon.com: Monaco's Wild Child: Princess Stephanie First Ever Biography (9781903906347): Valentina Artsrunik: Books

The Ruling House of Monaco: The Story of a Tragic Dynasty: Amazon.co.uk: John Glatt: Books

Amazon.com: The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy and Scandal (9780312969110): John Glatt: Books

Amazon.com: The Grimaldis of Monaco (9780688088378): Anne Edwards: Books
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:43 PM
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Yes I agree with you angieuk. As I have posted before, it's way overdue for a biography on Caroline, but I cannot see her agreeing to an official biography right now. You'd probably have to be quite brave to publish an unofficial one given her reputation for seeing off the press in court. Although there are several biographies of Rainier & Albert in French, I guess publishers do not feel that they would sell sufficient copies to publish in English. However, I did expect when Rainier died there might have been something published - his only official biography appeared back in the 60s. The only recent bilingual publication I have found which isn't just a photographic book is "From Albert I to AlbertI I by Tuna Aksoy Koprulu - but it still has a rather limited text content.
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Well hopefully, with this marriage only 3 weeks away now a new chapter will emerge. I hope this means a NEW BOOK too. 2011/2012 Albert is now opening a new future in his life with a young wife beside him.
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Point de Vue has a history special about the Princesses of Monaco:
CotePerso - Point de vue histoire n°8
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I think the best biography of Grace was by George Englund. It was published a couple of years after her death. The author had apparently been in contact with her and while she wanted to write her own autobiography at some point she agreed to contact people and allow them to talk to the author. It wasn;t all tabloid gossip like so many books have been.
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I think the best biography of Grace was by George Englund. It was published a couple of years after her death. The author had apparently been in contact with her and while she wanted to write her own autobiography at some point she agreed to contact people and allow them to talk to the author. It wasn;t all tabloid gossip like so many books have been.
It is Steven Englund - & yes I agree it is one of the best and most detailed biographies. The others I rate are Robert Lacey's & Sarah Bradford's accounts, and of course the autorised biography of Gwen Robyns.
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Over on the Princess Grace thread, Newbie JennieN was asking about biographies of Rainier. There is an official authorised biography by Peter Hawkins which was written in 1966 - you could probably get a copy on ABE books or Amazon marketplace - but obviously it only deals with the earlier years of his marriage. In answer to your other questions about Rainier's reported temper, yes I have read that too. In "Rainier & Grace" by Jeffrey Robinson, he recalls an interview with Stephanie when she mentions her dad's anger..."He doesn't stay angry long. But his voice changes & it gets pretty scarey for a few minutes. Then he calms down and he's a sweet little ***** cat. Still when he keeps growling, it's best to keep out of his way..." There's a few more sentences in that vein.
As to your other questions about Grace's alleged affairs with some of her leading men, well that is pretty widely reported in both biographies & TV interviews, but I personally think some writers have exaggerated & dwelt obsessively on this.

Just noticed the asterix above - it wasn't a rude word in the context quoted!
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Hollywood contemporaries of Grace (according to my mother) used to make comment about knowing Grace before she became a virgin.
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Hollywood contemporaries of Grace (according to my mother) used to make comment about knowing Grace before she became a virgin.
One Hollywood wag commented that Grace may never have stolen another womans husband but she certainly borrowed a few.
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Don't stop there KA and NG, keep 'em coming; you two are on a roll!
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Don't stop there KA and NG, keep 'em coming; you two are on a roll!
Warren you are naughty!
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'High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly' by Donald Spoto

Here's an article about this biography: 'High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly,' by Donald Spoto - ABC News

It sounds truly interesting and I am about to order it. But I'd like to read our forum members' reviews first. Has anyone read it? What do you think about it?
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I read it a while back. My impression was that it like reading a bunch of People magazine articles and old gossip columns. I didnt find anything new or especially interesting in it.
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Thank you, NGalitzine! But Spoto himself says that he corrected previous biographers, especially on Grace's love affairs before her marriage. I guess my question should be: might this bio be more reliable than the previous ones?
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It's a while since I read it but I don't recall feeling that this account of Grace's life particularly stood out for any new revelations. I think it was a fairly sanitised version but was interesting for the author's own account of meetings with Grace.
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