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Prince Albert's Illegitimate Children Cannot Become Sovereigns of Monaco

Prince Albert's Race For a Legitimate Heir

If you're an avid watcher of Gossip Girl, you may have caught a real-life detail worked into last season's story line. Blair Waldorf is set to marry a prince from Monaco, but the country's royal family will not tolerate another scandal since Prince Albert has illegitimate children. It's true. The sovereign prince has had two confirmed children out of wedlock.

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi was born in in 1992 to a California woman, and Alexandre Coste was born in 2003 to a flight attendant from Togo, but neither of the children could become the sovereign unless the prince married one of their mothers. Now that the prince is set to marry Charlene Wittstock on July 1, the race is on for a legitimate heir.

The prince's fiancée, a 33-year-old former South African Olympic swimmer, told a French newspaper recently, "I love children," and that "a family is in our plans. We hope to have a child soon." These statements are likely meant to put the public at ease, considering Albert's lack of a (legitimate) heir could have cost Monaco its independence. In 2002, the tiny country had to create a new treaty with France to guarantee that should there be no legitimate heirs, Monaco would remain an independent nation, rather than revert back to France. Thanks to the change, in the case of no heirs, Albert's sister Princess Caroline and her children would inherit the crown.

In her interview, Charlene added that when it comes to wedding planning, "I'm not going to let the pressure get to me!" Hopefully she can do the same as the public waits impatiently for her to get pregnant.

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