For the first time, Alexandre Grimaldi is opening up about what it was really like to have Monaco’s Prince Albert as a father. In a cover story for the December issue of Tatler, the 20-year-old talked about his plans for the future, his relationship with his father and siblings, and the one piece of advice that he got from his father’s friend Naomi Campbell. The supermodel was romantically linked to the prince in the mid-1990s and later attended his 2011 wedding to Princess Charlene.
“It was great to meet her. She was really open and kind of embraced me as like… a nephew,” Alexandre said of their meeting at Campbell’s fashion show in September. “She gave me a bit of advice: just to be careful with anyone looking after me, especially since I’m coming out to the public.”
In 2006, Albert publicly revealed that he had a young son from a former relationship, and in the years that have followed, Alexandre became an occasional presence among the principality’s royal family. Last month, he celebrated his 20th birthday, and along with his mother, Nicole Coste, he sat for his very first interview with the French magazine Point de Vue.
During the previous conversation, Alexandre addressed some of the hurtful comments that were made because his parents were not married when he was born, but in his Tatler interview, his first solo sit-down with the press, he shared a bit of his personality, including his enthusiasm for fashion, rapper Kendrick Lamar, and soccer, which he discusses in a group chat that includes Coste’s two other sons and Albert’s oldest daughter Jazmin Grimaldi.
“We are all very close…We actually have a text message group. We’re having arguments about who’s better: Erling Haaland or Mbappé. My sister’s more Team Mbappé, but it’s more Haaland on the boys’ side. I like both,” he said, adding that his younger siblings, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella aren’t in the group yet. “The little ones are too young to have a phone, so it’ll take them a few years.”
He also told the magazine about the strength of his relationship with his father. “With my dad it’s good, we’re starting to see each other a lot more. During the holiday season, we are spending a lot of time together. It’s a very good relationship,” he said. “[I aspire to] work in a relationship with my dad and become this – let’s say – global ambassador for Monaco, and to bring business opportunities back to Monaco, which is what I’ve talked about with him.”
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