“She was even more beautiful on the inside”: Prince Albert of Monaco lifts the lid on what it was like having Grace Kelly as a mother

By MARGOT PEPPERS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 20:17 GMT, 1 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:14 GMT, 1 October 2014

Little Prince Albert with his mother, Princess Grace.
Little Prince Albert with his mother, Princess Grace.

Thirty-two years after the tragic death of Grace Kelly, Prince Albert of Monaco has lifted the lid on what it was like to be raised by the iconic actress. In the latest issue of People, the 56-year-old royal reveals that his mother was a ‘loving and caring hands-on mom’ who only ever sought the best for her three children. And while most of the world only ever witnessed the glamour and poise she projected in the public eye, he insists she ‘was even more beautiful on the inside.’

But even with the fame and responsibility that came with joining the royal family, she never let it compromise her desire to be a good mother.

It all must have been hard for her at first, but I never heard her complain

‘Coming to live here and having to behave in a certain way must have been hard for her at first,’ said Albert. ‘But I never heard her complain.’ Instead, she made sure her children – Albert, his older sister Caroline and his younger sister Stephanie – were raised with love and care, as well as a certain air of decorum. ‘She taught us to be polite and respectful,’ he said, adding: ‘[She] made sure we had private moments. Any free time she had she spent with us.’

Prince Albert with his wife, Princess Charlene.
Prince Albert with his wife, Princess Charlene.

And while their father was the strict one, Kelly could be persuaded to cave in. ‘If we needed to ask for something, we’d go to Mom,’ he revealed.  Well before she became a Princess, Grace Kelly was famous for her inimitable style, but even she wasn’t immune to the occasional off-day. According to Albert, ‘some days if she was having a bad hair day, she would put on a turban or a scarf.’

And the famous friends she associated merely added to Albert’s fond memories of childhood.

Dad was stricter. If we needed to ask for something, we’d go to Mom

Cary Grant, for example – who starred with Kelly in 1955’s To Catch a Thief – would visit with them and tell dirty jokes. ‘Dirtier ones with Dad,’ explains Albert. ‘But he was always a gentleman.’ Throughout their marriage, rumors abounded that Prince Rainier only wed Grace Kelly in order to ensure that he would have an heir. Otherwise, according to a treaty at the time, Monaco would revert to France and the royal family would become citizens and taxpayers of France. But Albert says he and his siblings never felt that their parents’ love was anything but genuine.

The biggest misconception about her, he says, was ‘that she was unhappy or depressed or that our parents were at odds. We never had a sense of any of that.’ In September 1982, Kelly was driving back home after a trip to France with Stephanie when she had a stroke and lost control of the car, driving off a cliff to her ultimate death. She was 52. ‘[It] left a void,’ Albert said of losing his mother when he was 24. ‘I wanted to talk to her about a lot more things than I had the chance to.’

© DailyMail (October 1, 2014)

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