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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Could Europe be Ready for another Black Prince?

This bombshell is just hitting the French-language newswires, but not as yet, the US ones, although the British tabloids have unsurprisngly led with the story today:

France's premier weekly magazine, Paris Match, has broken in their Wednesday issue the astonishing tale of Albert II of Monaco's possible paternity of a love-child.

That's part one of the bombshell. Usually a revelation of a love-child in princely or royal families would be a 10 on their Richter Scale, since their legitimacy rests on their LEGITIMACY.

What makes this a 10 x 10 is that the child is half-black.

According to the 4-page interview accorded by the mother of 20-month old Alexandre, Togo-born ex-stewardess Nicole Coste, Prince Albert had submitted to a paternity test which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the father of the child.

(As an aside, what is it about Togo recently? From being news lepers, suddenly Togo is everywhere)

She granted the interview to the glossy rag, which has made a killing from the misadventures of the Prince's two sisters throughout the years, because she said she was tired of keeping the affair a secret.

The statuesque but not overly beautiful airline hostess met the Prince during a Paris-Nice flight in 1997, and soon was given the keys to his Monagasque flat.

It was in the midst of his birthday night celebration in December 2002 that their child was apparently conceived. When the late Prince Rainier was told of the relationship, never mind the child, he was said to be aghast.

I presume he was very disappointed in his son, since the personable, sporty 47-year old heir rarely gave his parents any trouble, unless you count persistent rumours that he was gay and unlikely ever to marry.

Nothing like a little love-child to scotch those rumours right up.

The DNA tests were said to have been done at the prestigious Parisian hospital, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, and Prince Albert was said to have recognised the child immediately after, if only to the mother herself.

Now the question remains, will Prince Albert, the recently ascended hereditary prince of Monaco recognise his son? And if and when he does, will he legitimise his extra-curricular child, usurping his eldest sister and her children's rights to the princely title?

And finally, how will the tiny Monagasque principality react if he does?

So far, the reactions from his subjects are not incredibly encouraging. Their opinions were scoped in the France2 newscast today, and most simply didn't believe the story, and were not at all supportive of the child's tenuous claim on the throne.

I personally do not think Prince Albert will legitimise this child, even though his hand may be forced in the coming weeks to acknowledge paternity.

There isn't anything nefarious about this, or racist, despite the intimations from certain quarters (such as Paris-Match stalwart Henry-Jean Servat, of all people, who says if the mother were the King of Sweden's daughter, rather than a black "stew", people would be swooning to accept the kid. Yeah sure).

Royal or aristocratic bastards are nothing new under the sun.

After all, the present ex-King of Romania also had an illegitimate elder brother, and his short-lived ascension to the throne was never in doubt. Twice.

And you didn't hear one peep from Denmark or on the continent when cadet prince, Joachim, then second-in-line to the throne, married a half-Asian lady from Hong Kong.

So just to irritate the PC crowd, I'll end with these immortal words, "Dude, Grace Kelly has a black grandbaby!".


    This might not be “Could Europe be Ready for another Black Prince? Bombshell,”…but here in the USA it’s really apparent that bloggers are creating transparency that is itching the traditionalists!

    By Anonymous Alan, at Thu May 05, 12:29:00 pm GMT-4  

  • She kind of looks like a female version of Ronaldinho Gaucho

    By Anonymous SHUSSBAR, at Mon May 09, 04:14:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Oh yes, Alan, I did see that. Heh. There's nothing MSM can do about bloggers, either. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 09, 10:01:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Sacré bleu!

    I think you nailed the resemblence, Shussy. She does look like Jar-Jar Binksinho. Eek.

    Well my next sighting of Prince Albert will be at the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks, so we'll see if Le Petit Prince makes an appearance. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 09, 10:03:00 pm GMT-4  

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