Monaco’s Prince Albert II has yet another secret child. This time it's a 14-year-old girl, Jazmin Grace Rotolo, who lives in California.
Albert – the son of the late Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly – reportedly wanted to keep the girl's paternity a secret until she became an adult. (So thoughtful of him!) But he allowed his lawyer to confirm it because at the speculation was causing stress for the girl.
Albert, ruler of the tiny Mediterranean principality, “officially recognizes a paternity that was legally established a few weeks ago,” lawyer Thierry Lacoste was quoted as saying in France’s Le Figaro newspaper.
The prince’s daughter, who lives in Palm Springs, is welcome in Monaco, Lacoste said, but she cannot take the throne and will not bear the Grimaldi family name. Neither will Albert’s other illegitimate child**, 3-year-old Alexandre.
Albert met the girl's mother, Tamara Rotolo, in 1991 when she was vacationing on the Cote d'Azur.
Can you imagine waking up one day and realizing that your father's a prince? It's like one of those Disney movies. It's just too bad her prince daddy seems to be such a loser.
** -- I hate, hate, hate the phrase "illegitimate child." Doesn't it make it seem like the kid did something wrong? It's just so cold.