In a recent documentary, Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich, Albert II, Prince of Monaco has decided to open about his childhood and the pain he has been through.
The son of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, (formerly Grace Kelly), the American actress, made it clear that he faced many struggles and did not have a perfect childhood.
According to him, having Grace as mother was not the challenge that some people saw it as from the outside. And he revealed that she had actually been more understanding towards him compared to his father, Rainier.
The death of Princess Grace took its toll on the mental health of Prince Albert, and his actions became a prominent talking point afterward.
On September 13, 1982; Princess Grace suffered a stroke as she was driving back to Monaco from her country home in Roc Agel. The former actress lost control of her car.
Her daughter, Stéphanie, attempted and sadly failed to regain control of the car that drove off the steep road. Kelly died the following day.
Talking about the relationship he had with his mother, he confessed: “I think she was fair, but I think she was more tolerant than our father was. We did behave like we knew he was watching.”
He went on to explain: “He had ways of raising his voice, which was impressive for a 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-year-old – even a 21-year-old.”
Prince Albert also stated that even though his mother had tolerated his behavior to a great degree, she was still a rather strict parent and knew when to put her foot down.
It seems like he has managed to grow up as a nice person despite the challenges he faced, so clearly, Princess Grace and Rainier had done a lot right.
He took part in the documentary because he wanted people to understand the problems he had gone through and the context in which they developed.
He also hinted that he does not seem like he regrets anything in his past at all, including his wild partying days.
Royal fans agree that the important thing is that Prince Albert is at least able to look forward and move on with his life.
The 62-year-old royal wed former Olympic swimmer Charlene, Princess of Monaco, 42, in 2011, and some commenters are convinced that it is not an easy job.
One person recently wrote: “She looks utterly bored, though I can’t imagine that’s a fun life lol look at Queen Elizabeth, still working in her 90’s.”
At least, the prince is trying to make peace with his past.