The 62-year-old royal claimed his mother was “more tolerant” than his father, Prince Rainier III, in the BBC Two three-part series ‘Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich’. Princess Grace was an American film actress who shocked the world by marrying into Monaco’s royal family in April 1956. She tragically died of a cerebral haemorrhage in 1982 after being in a car accident with her youngest daughter, Princess Stephanie.
Prince Albert said: “It’s just incredible that so many years after her passing, she still very much has a vivid presence in a lot of people’s minds and hearts.”
In the BBC series, which was filmed last summer, Albert described how he would talk to his father about his role as the ruler of the Principality.
He said: “When my father talked to me about the job he said, ‘You will be alone in that room and you have to be ready for it psychologically and emotionally.’”
Albert succeeded his father in 2005, following Rainer’s passing and now works in his late mother’s office in Monaco.
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He admitted that not every day is “wonderful bliss and enjoyment”, adding: “It’s not easy for anybody in a position of responsibility.
“There are some very unpleasant meetings. I try to think what nice things will come when my meetings are over… having a nice glass of wine.
“Even spontaneity has to be scheduled.”
Albert followed in his father’s footsteps of marrying a foreign beauty, after meeting his now-wife Princess Charlene at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2000.
She wrote: “Until we were 14, we wouldn’t eat with our parents.
“For my brother and I, Maureen was the key figure in our life.
“When we were little, we were probably closer to our nanny than to our parents.”
During a 2017 interview with Graham Bensinger, Albert reflected on his mother’s death and how his father was “deeply affected” by it.
She said: “He wasn’t quite the same man as he was before the accident.”
He admitted that, even for him, it took a while for him to feel “normal again” after the loss of Princess Grace.
He said: “It always takes a while and you recover thanks to your other family members and to your friends and to people that are dear to you to provide comfort.
“It also takes a few years to really fully come to terms with that.”
‘Albert II of Monaco, The Man and The Prince’ was written in 2018 by Isabelle Rivère and Peter Mikelbank and published by FAYARD.
It is available here.