A European court has attested to the fact that Prince Albert of Monaco had an illegitimate child. The revelation has caused quite a scandal.
All this took place about a decade ago and matters were hushed up. French-Togolese flight attendant Nicole Coste gave an interview to Paris Match that was published in May 2005.
Coste was then 33 years old. She revealed all the details of her years-long affair with Prince Albert of Monaco. She met with Prince on a Paris-Nice flight in July 1997. Her interview was published with many pictures of Prince Albert of Monaco holding his illegitimate child in his arms. However, Prince Albert then called it a false news and sued Paris Match in May 2005.
But now the truth is out and as they say you cannot stop people from talking. The magazine and its owner had been fined quite a hefty sum of money for the so-called allegations.
According to Yahoo! News, "A court near Paris found in June 2005 that the prince's right to privacy had been violated by the 10-page spread, and sentenced the weekly to 50,000 euros in damages ($60,000 at the time) and also asked Paris Match and its owner Hachette Filipacchi to pay 4,000 euros in court costs."
However, later on the prince himself admitted this much that he had been guilty of having a love child with an air hostess named Nicole Coste.
Soon the air hostess came out with the details of how she had met the prince on a flight and how they had been seeing each other secretly since then. The prince later on got to see his baby and even held him in his arms.
This news has implications for the monarchy of Monaco. The illegitimate baby may claim his rights to a piece of the action as far as royalty is concerned. After all, he has royal blood running through his veins.
European Court of Human Rights ruled that the judgement "breached the magazine's freedom of expression."
"The court found that the public had a legitimate interest in knowing of the child's existence and being able to conduct a debate on the possible implications for political life in the principality of Monaco," the court said.
"The court concluded that, in disclosing the information, (Coste) had sought to secure public recognition of her son's status and of the fact that the prince was his father, which were crucial factors in ending the secrecy surrounding him."
The prince meanwhile is married to South African Charlene Wittstock. And she too is expecting a child soon. Talk about double trouble. The prince is up to his neck in claims to his wealth and status. It is indeed a case of blue blood being diluted by external players.
Prince Albert is the son of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. His mother was a very famous and beautiful Hollywood actress before she married the head of Monaco and became a royal figure. She later on died in a tragic automobile accident. Yet she will be remembered for her grace and charm.