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Marriage, scandal and heartbreak in Monaco's royal family - the legend of the Grimaldi curse

The grim spectres of divorce, infidelity and tragedy have long stalked the private lives of the royal family of Monaco. As the palace on the Riviera announces a wedding this summer, Julia Molony explores the legend of the Grimaldi curse

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Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A file photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly saluting the crowd as they leave Saint Nicholas' Cathedral after their wedding ceremony in Monaco

A file photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly saluting the crowd as they leave Saint Nicholas' Cathedral after their wedding ceremony in Monaco

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly are seen during their wedding lunch in Monaco on April 19, 1956. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly are seen during their wedding lunch in Monaco on April 19, 1956. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows US actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco during their wedding ceremony in Monaco.  AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows US actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco during their wedding ceremony in Monaco. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

Grace Kelly on the day of her wedding to Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly on the day of her wedding to Prince Rainier

The couple: Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) and Prince Rainier.
The year: 1956. The dress: Costume designer Helen Rose

The couple: Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) and Prince Rainier. The year: 1956. The dress: Costume designer Helen Rose

 (L-R) Alexandra of Hanover, Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo, Tatiana Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi attend the Rose Ball 2019 to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation on March 30, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

(L-R) Alexandra of Hanover, Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo, Tatiana Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi attend the Rose Ball 2019 to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation on March 30, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

Dimitri Rassam (L), Charlotte Casiraghi (2-L), Pierre Casiraghi (2-R) and his wife countess Beatrice Boromeo (R) pose as they arrive for the 'Bal de la Rose' (Rose Ball), in Monaco, on March 30, 2019

Dimitri Rassam (L), Charlotte Casiraghi (2-L), Pierre Casiraghi (2-R) and his wife countess Beatrice Boromeo (R) pose as they arrive for the 'Bal de la Rose' (Rose Ball), in Monaco, on March 30, 2019

(L-R) Beatrice Casiraghi, a guest, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

(L-R) Beatrice Casiraghi, a guest, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

(L-R) Dimitri Rassam and Charlotte Casiraghi attend the Rose Ball 2019 to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation on March 30, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

(L-R) Dimitri Rassam and Charlotte Casiraghi attend the Rose Ball 2019 to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation on March 30, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

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Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In June, the historic village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence in southern France, will provide a picturesque, historic, backdrop for a royal wedding.

According to Paris Match, Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and granddaughter to Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, will marry her long-term partner, film producer Dimitri Rassam. The couple will have two ceremonies - a civil one in Monaco, followed by a traditional church wedding in the heart of Provence.


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