The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy and Scandal

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In all its glittering splendor and decadence, here is the uncensored story of a family bred for glory, and destined for tragedy.

The jewel in the crown of Europe's lush Cote D'Azur, the fiercely independent principality of Monaco gleams like a diamond above the Mediterranean. This playground of the rich and beautiful reached its zenith with Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and their three children-- until Grace's tragic death in 1982. As the myth began to crumble, scandal rocked Monaco in every way, from its institutions to its image to the royal family itself. Now, through searching interviews with family members, personal friends, and long-time courtiers, the intimate, shocking truths about Monaco are explored in vivid detail, including:

* The ancient Curse of the Grimaldis and its legacy of misfortune
* The never-before-told story of Princess Grace's abortion before she married Prince Rainier
* New details about Princess Grace on the night before she died, and her death in a Monaco hospital
* The alleged secret plot to destroy Princess Stephanie's marriage
* The appalling rumors about the death of Stefano Casiraghi, Princess Caroline's second husband
* The wild love life of Prince Albert and the rumors that haunt him

With eight pages of dramatic photos!

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The Grimaldi family of Monaco was once synonymous with glamour, glitter, wealth, and pleasure. But since the death of Princess Grace in 1982, the tiny fairy-tale principality has spun out of control as one scandal follows another. Prince Rainier, Prince Albert, and Princesses Stephanie and Caroline are constantly in the headlines. Here are the extraordinary stories behind the bereavements, sexual betrayals, and hasty divorces that have plunged The Royal House of Monaco into decline and uncertainty.

About the Author:

John Glatt is the author of four books and has more than twenty-five years' experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He divides his time between New York and London.

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