A Detailed Look at the Many Romances of Prince Albert of Monaco
Prince Albert is the reigning monarch of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi.
The son of Prince Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly was at one point the most eligible bachelor in the world, and he was linked to a fair share of famous names and personalities.
Here, we’ve outlined the royal’s dating history (including his rumored romances).
In the early ‘80s, Prince Albert dated American film producer, director, and actress Cecilia Peck—the daughter of Gregory Peck, a close friend of Grace Kelly's.
The Prince was also linked to an American model and actress named Jean Simmons, who had dated actors Nick Nolte and Lorenzo Lamas.
At one point, the royal dated self-proclaimed ‘first supermodel’ Janice Dickinson. After modeling in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson starred in reality shows America’s Next Top Model and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.
Prince Albert dated Catherine Oxenberg, an American actress who played Amanda Carrington on the '80s soap opera Dynasty. As the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Oxenberg is a member of the Serbian House of Karageorgevich.
The Prince's relationship with Catherine Alric ended after the French film and television actress grew tired of his constant “wandering gaze.” According to Jeffrey Robinson’s Grace of Monaco: The True Story, Alric allegedly returned his apologetic flowers, along with his luggage, with a note which read, “Love without faithfulness is like a flower without sun.”
In the mid-2000s, German tabloid Das Neue Blatt reported that Prince Albert had an affair with French-Russian ice dancer Marina Anissina between 2002 and 2005.
Long before Sonja Morgan married John Adams Morgan and appeared on The Real Housewives of New York City, she had “escapades” with Prince Albert. In one episode of the reality show, she recalled to Bethanney Frankel, “I used to wear this with Prince Albert when we were dating in Monaco. Can you believe this? It has a skirt. I must have left the skirt at Albert's.”
Cathy Lee Crosby
According to FamousFix, Albert dated Cathy Lee Crosby after meeting at a tennis tournament in Monaco in 1979. Since she was 10 years his senior, Grace Kelly was reportedly upset over this particular relationship.
According to a Weekly World News piece published on November 17, 1981, “[Prince Albert] shocked his mother by snuggling with black American singer Michele Freeman in a European nightclub.”
The same piece reported that the prince “romanced American beauty contest winner Donna Rice.”
In 1982, months after dating Donna Rice and Michele Freeman, the prince was reported to be romantically involved with American actress Morgan Fairchild.
Brooke Shields and Prince Albert sparked dating rumors after they played in a celebrity tennis tournament together.
Prince Albert dated the daughter of Roger Moore (who famously played James Bond) as a 27-year-old bachelor. The Moores are close friends of the Grimaldis.
Coincidentally, the royal was spotted with British actress Fiona Fullerton who appeared as a KGB spy in Bond film A View To A Kill.
Prince Albert had a brief but controversial relationship with Teri Weigel, who appeared in X-rated films and Playboy magazine.
The Prince dated American actress Nancy Stafford in 1986. The two were frequently seen out and about in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Calgary.
According to People, Patrizia Pellegrino met Albert in 1983 and had an affair with him. "Albert is the most wonderful of lovers," the Italian actress said.
Lisa Marie Presley
In 1988, Prince Albert allegedly courted the daughter of Elvis Presley in Los Angeles.
The same year, it was reported that Albert showered 17-year-old tennis star Gabriela Sabatini with flowers and chocolates and took her out to dinner after meeting at the French Open.
In 1991, Albert dated Khrystyne Haje, star of American sitcom Head of the Class.
The Evening Standard reports that the Prince attended the 1991 Princess Grace Foundation Awards with American model and television personality Kim Alexis.
Prince Albert’s romantic fling with American waitress Tamara Rotolo entered public consciousness after Rotolo filed a paternity lawsuit against the prince for daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi. Though the case was dismissed at the time, a DNA test in May 2006 confirmed that Prince Albert was, in fact, the father of her daughter.
Albert was first introduced to supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the World Music Awards. In 1997, the prince validated the dating rumors surrounding them by saying, “I took her out on a couple of dates but that was it.”
The Prince’s relationship with Australian singer Kylie Minogue started in 1993 when the two went out to lunch at the Beach Plaza Hotel. In 2002, Minogue and the prince had another encounter at the World Music Awards. She was quoted as saying, “'The Prince swept me off the ground,' she says. 'I was a bit surprised to feel his hand caress my backside when he put me down. It was a bit embarrassing.'”
It’s rumored that Prince Albert and American actress Tatum O’Neal had a romantic fling in 1994.
International supermodel Naomi Campbell was linked to the royal once upon a time. Several photographs show the two partying in multiple cities, some show them hugging, hand-holding, and even Prince Albert being fed by Campbell.
Prince Albert reportedly had a romantic fling with American model Amber Norman in 1996.
From 1997 to 2000, the royal was allegedly involved with former Italian showgirl Simona Tagli.
Weeks before Prince Albert’s coronation, a former Air France flight attendant named Nicole Coste made headlines after she announced that she had a 21-month-old son named Alexandre who was fathered by the royal. The prince later confirmed that Alexandre Coste was indeed his biological son.
The Prince had a rumored relationship with Playboy and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Angela Kay "Angie" Everhart in 1998.
At another point, the prince was spotted canoodling with former Miss USA Julie Hayek at a Monaco nightclub in 1998.
Tasha de Vasconcelos
Prince Albert’s relationship with actress and humanitarian ambassador Tasha de Vasconcelos was widely publicized. The two were even subject to several marriage rumors on separate occasions: 1998 and 2005.
Between 2000 and 2001, actress Sallie Toussaint was rumored to be dating Prince Albert.
In an interview Larry King, Bo Derek admitted that she went on a date with the royal. The American actress said, “I have to say it was really fun walking in. I mean, to walk into a restaurant and a nightclub with him was hilarious. People—the food was falling out of people's mouths. It was fantastic.”
American pole vaulter Alicia Warlick was linked to the prince in 2002. The two attended the Princess Grace Awards and were rumored to be engaged.
In May 2003, the prince was rumored to be dating German model and actress Alexandra Kamp.
The prince was briefly linked to Iranian-German beauty queen Shermaine Sharivar in 2005.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
After years of dalliances, Prince Albert married Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Born in Zimbabwe, Wittstock moved to South Africa at the age of 11. She represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished fifth in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay. The royal couple first met at a Monte Carlo swimming competition in 2000. After attending royal engagements in 2006, the two announced their engagement in June 2010 and were married a year later. In 2014, Princess Charlene gave birth to fraternal twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.