Although he had received much press attention for dating well-known fashion models and actresses, his apparent disinclination to marry gave rise to rumours that he was homosexual. Prince Albert has consistently denied suggestions of homosexuality, most notably in a interview published in the French magazine Madame Figaro. However, in November , the Prince instructed his lawyer, Thierry Lacoste, to commence legal proceedings against the French newspaper France Dimanche for violation of privacy and false information regarding the story.
In , Albert purchased his mother's childhood house in the East Falls district of Philadelphia. Upon acquiring Grace Kelly 's childhood property, he stated the home might be used as a museum space or as offices for the family's Princess Grace Foundation.
They announced their engagement on 23 June They were seen again together at the Monaco Grand Prix. They also attended the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics. As a couple, they also attended the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling in Stockholm four days before their own engagement was announced and the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton on 29 April The wedding took place over two days: Children born out of wedlock[ edit ] Jazmin Grace Grimaldi[ edit ] In , an American woman, Tamara Rotolo, filed a paternity suit against the prince, claiming that he was the father of her daughter, whom she named Jazmin Grace Grimaldi.
Prince Albert was also listed as the child's father on the Riverside County, California , birth certificate, according to The Desert Sun. The case went to trial in and was eventually dismissed by Superior Court Judge Graham Anderson Cribbs, who refused jurisdiction and found that there was "insufficient connection between [Prince] Albert and the State of California to justify hearing a suit [in California]"  and in doing so essentially accepted the Prince's lawyer's Stanley Arkin submissions on that point.
On 31 May , after a DNA test confirmed the child's parentage, Prince Albert admitted, in a statement from his lawyer, that he is Jazmin's father. He also extended an invitation for the girl to study, and live in Monaco. She further claimed the prince had signed a notarized certificate confirming paternity but that she had not received a copy of it. The French weekly Paris Match published a ten-page interview with Coste and included photographs of the prince holding and feeding the child.
Coste also told Paris Match that she was living in the prince's Paris apartment, and receiving an allowance from him while pretending to be the girlfriend of one of his friends in order to maintain privacy. She also said that the prince had last seen the boy in February A spokesman for Prince Albert had no comment, though upon news of Coste's claims, the prince's lawyer, Thierry Lacoste, announced that "A judicial strategy will be determined within the next few days".
In mid-May , Lacoste announced that as a result of the international publicity over the revelations of the prince's son, Prince Albert was suing the Daily Mail , Bunte , and Paris Match for delving too deeply into his private life.
On 6 July , a few days before he was enthroned on 12 July, Prince Albert officially confirmed via his lawyer Lacoste that the month-old was his biological son. This suit was reportedly dismissed. A blood test, which was refused by the judge, did not prove that the prince was the father of Fiedler's son.
Had Prince Albert died without lawful heirs, it would have triggered Article 3 of the Franco-Monegasque Treaty , according to which the Principality of Monaco would become a protectorate of the French Republic. On 2 April , Monaco promulgated Princely Law 1. Prince Albert's sisters and their legitimate children thereby retained the right to inherit the Monegasque throne, which they would have otherwise lost upon the death of Prince Rainier.
Under the current constitution neither Jazmin nor Alexandre are in the line of succession as they are not Prince Albert's legitimate children, and he emphasized their ineligibility to inherit the throne in statements confirming his paternity. Thus Alexandre would have become Monaco's heir apparent under current law if Albert were to marry his son's mother.
But in a exchange with American reporter Larry King , Albert stated that this would not happen. Environmental issues[ edit ] Albert rides through a river on a guided tour in the Shoshone National Forest in the U. With this strong initiative we can make a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction.
Rainier was petitioned unsuccessfully for many years by Virginia McKenna , founder of the Born Free Foundation , to release a pair of leopards at the zoo. In the piece, Prince Albert and Clover note that bluefin tuna has been severely overfished in the Mediterranean, and decry the common European Union practice of awarding inflated quotas to bluefin fleets.
If upheld by the voting CITES delegates, this proposal would effectively ban the international trade in Mediterranean bluefin. On 16 July , France declared that it too would seek to have Mediterranean bluefin listed as an endangered species.
The Eagle Award is the Academy's highest international honor and was awarded to Prince Albert for his significant contributions in promoting international harmony, peace and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The award is presented by the President of the Club on special occasions to groups of outstanding explorers. The Club cited Prince Albert's dedication to the protection of the environment, and that he was the first head of state to reach both the North and South poles.
Commemorative coins[ edit ] As Monaco's head of state, Prince Albert II is depicted on coins, including collectors' coins, with very rare exceptions. On the obverse, the prince is depicted in profile with his name on the top of the coin.