‘Le Rocher des Rumeurs’: A Roundtable Discussion With a Bunch of French Journalists and One Lawyer

As you know by now there are little rumors running around these days about the marriage between T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II Monaco, a bride who tried to flee three times before her marriage, and two more illegitimate kids that were allegedly fathered by Prince Albert. ¬†And, as you may have heard by now there was a little old article that was recently published in the French newspaper, L’Express, about the couple that caused a little old commotion around the world.

Anyway, a reader on Twitter sent me a video link (thanks Zoe ūüôā ¬†) from the French television program, C dans L’air, hosted by Yves Calvi. ¬†The subject for the evening: Le Rocher des Rumors. Guests participating in this roundtable discussion include Thierry Lacoste (lawyer) and three journalists.

I highly recommend you watch this program if you understand French. ¬†So far, the discussion is quite interesting and balanced… in my opinion, at least.

Click here to watch.

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T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the ‘L‚ÄôHistoire du Mariage Princier’ Exhibit

On July 21, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the L’Histoire du Mariage Princier exhibit at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco.

The newlyweds just returned from their honeymoon in Mozambique, Africa late yesterday evening so it was a nice surprise for the visitors at the Musée to see the princely couple mingling with others.

To view photos please click the links¬†here¬†and¬†here.¬†¬†To learn more about the¬†L‚ÄôHistoire du Marriage Princier¬†exhibit¬†click the link¬†here. ¬† ūüôā

Photos courtesy of: Daylife/AP Photo

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‘Rumeurs √† Monaco: Albert n’en peut plus’

Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco just returned from their peaceful honeymoon in Mozambique.

They had a lovely time.

Anyway, one of the first things the Prince Albert II did once he arrived home was to summon three journalists to the Palais Princier de Monaco to express his anger regarding those rumors about his marriage to Princess Charlene:

We want to express our indignation at these rumors… It’s unbearable. What’s regrettable is that the media pick up these rumours without verifying the information…We are honestly feeling aggrieved by the current rumours. It is simply not acceptable anymore.

I find that unworthy on the part of your colleagues. I’ve always respected freedom of expression. But publishing false information is lamentable and subject to criminal penalties.

Sometimes these rumours make us smile, for example when the media reported that the princess and I did not sleep in the same hotel in South Africa. That was for obvious practical reasons. AFP News

There are two slightly longer articles from the French newspapers, Le Point and  Nice-Matin; however, I do not have time to translate them for you.  If you can understand French then click the links here and here.  Or, you can read another story in English here.  

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‘Prince Eddy: The King We Never Had’

Annnd, here is yet another documentary entitled, Prince Eddy: The King We Never Had.  This program analyzes the life of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale:

…first son and heir to the throne, popularly known as Eddy, has virtually been airbrushed out of history. Eddy was as popular and charismatic a figure in his own time as Princess Diana a century later. As in her case, his sudden death in 1892 resulted in public demonstrations of grief on a scale rarely seen at the time, and it was even rumored (as in the case of Diana) that he was murdered to save him besmirching the monarchy. Had he lived, he would have been crowned king in 1911, ushering in a profoundly different style of monarchy from that of his younger brother, who ultimately succeeded as the stodgy George V. Eddy’s life was virtually ignored by historians until the 1970s, when myths began to accumulate and his character somehow grew horns and a tail. As a result, he is remembered today primarily as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 and for his alleged involvement in the Cleveland Street homosexual scandal of 1889. But history has found Eddy guilty of crimes he did not commit. Now, for the first time, using modern forensic evidence combined with Eddy’s previously unseen records, personal correspondence, and photographs, Andrew Cook proves his innocence. Prince Eddy reveals the truth about a key royal figure, a man who would have made a fine king, and changed the face of the British monarchy.

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‘The Last Stuarts’ and ‘The House of Hanover’ Two Great Documentaries by Dr. David Starkey

These two documentaries, The Last Stuarts and The House of Hanover, comes from the British series entitled, Monarchy, hosted by the brilliant historian, Dr. David Starkey.

The Last Stuarts¬†discusses the “…stories of the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne, examining not only their achievements and weaknesses, but also those of other key players.”¬†¬† Click the links below to watch:

The House of Hanover:

In 1714, an obscure German Prince was crowned King George I of Great Britain, signalling the beginning of a new political era that saw the rise of the new role of Prime Minister, and established the pattern of political modernity we are familiar with today. When, in 1789, the Bastille prison in Paris was stormed and the French Revolution began, few in Britain – least of all King George III, who was recovering from one of his bouts of madness – thought that it would lead to a cataclysmic war with France.

Photos courtesy of: Wikipedia

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The Palais Princier de Monaco is Tired of the Continuous Rumors About T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco

The Spanish magazine, Hola!, is reporting, via the French magazine, L’Express, that the Palais Princier de Monaco is tired of the lies and rumors about T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco specifically the state of their marriage.

Representatives from the Palais Princier de Monaco sent a notice to L’Express, noting that¬†“… it will take any action against those media continue echoing rumors questioning the royal marriage…” ¬†

So, yeah… the Prince and Princess are tired of it, the Palais Princier de Monaco is tired of it, and everyone on planet Earth also over it.¬†To read the story from Hola! magazine please click¬†here.

Source: Hola.com

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H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg: Funeral Mass At St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

For those of you who may have missed the funeral mass for the late H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg in Vienna, Austria this afternoon you may now watch it via these links:

To view photos please click the links here, here, and here.  To read several articles, in German, about the late Archduke please click here.  An article from BBC News and Photos.

Photos courtesy of: Die Presse.com

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Monacogate: Aydiosmío!

And, the drama known as Monacogate (thanks to Royalty Online for that nickname) continues for Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

If you can read Spanish then grab yourselves some popcorn or Vegan oatmeal cookies and click here to read.

Sorry, but I don’t have time to translate the article for you. ¬† ūüôā ¬†However, here is a brief synopsis:

  • Albert’s ex and Baby Mama to his son, Alexandre, marched to the Palais Princier de Monaco screaming at the top of her lungs days before the princely wedding.
  • The Baby Mama demanded to see Prince Albert.
  • The guards refused to let her in.
  • Baby Mama acts like a lunatic. ¬†Screams and cries.
  • Princess Charlene hears Baby Mama’s screams and orders the Palais guards to let the Baby Mama in.
  • The princess and the Baby Mama talk for a bit.
  • Baby Mama leaves.
  • The princess is stunned.
  • Then Baby Mama is photographed¬†in Monaco (she doesn’t live there. ¬†She lives in France) ¬†— looking determined ,mad,¬†and annoyed — two days before the princely wedding.
  • The Baby Mama is up to something.

Now, if this latest bit of information is true — which at this time is only a rumor let’s just get that out there — this saga in Monaco is better than a telenovela (Spanish soap opera) on the Univision network (a Spanish language network here in the U.S.).

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H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg: Information About the Funeral Service in Vienna, Austria

On July 4, 2011, H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg passed away at the age of 98 and for the past several days requiems have taken place in his hometown of Pöcking and in Munich, Germany. Today, the late Archduke Otto lies in state at the Kapuzinerkirche in Vienna (Wien) until his funeral service on July 16, 2011.

Per Wien.info:

A great European passed away on 4 July 2011: Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, son of the last Austrian Emperor and Empress, Karl and Zita, passed away in his house in the Bavarian town of P√∂cking. Otto Habsburg-Lothringen will be buried together with his wife Regina, who died in February 2010, in Vienna’s Imperial Burial Vault on 16 July 2011.

Otto Habsburg-Lothringen and his wife Regina (n√©e Princess of Saxony-Meiningen) will be the last members of the former imperial court to be buried in the family vault next to Otto’s mother, Empress Zita. On Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 July 2011), the two deceased will lie in state in the Capuchin Church. The requiem for Otto Habsburg will take place on Saturday 16 July 2011 at 3:00pm in the Stephansdom. After that, the funeral procession will proceed across the Graben and Kohlmarkt, through the Imperial Palace and via the Ringstrasse to the Kaisergruft (Capuchins’ Crypt) on the Neuer Markt.¬†

Laying-out in the Capuchin Church: 14 & 15 July 2011 (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Requiem in St. Stephen’s Cathedral and burial in the Imperial Burial Vault: 16 July 2011 (starting at 3:00pm)

The funeral will be displayed on LED walls at Stephansplatz (St. Stephan’s Square), Neuer Markt (New Market), and at the Heldenplatz (Hero’s Sqaure.)

There will be many royal as well as heads of state attending the funeral service in Vienna including (source):

  1. T.M. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  2.  H.R.H.Infanta Christina of Spain
  3. T.R.H. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
  4. H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
  5. T.R.H Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  6. H.M.King Simeon II of Bulgaria
  7. T.R.H. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium
  8. T.R.H. Duke and Duchess of Bragança

I believe the funeral will be broadcast online via ORF.at beginning at 12pm Vienna (Wien) time on July 16, 2011.   Here is the link if you would like to watch the service.

Finally, if you are interested in discussing the amazing life of the late Archduke Otto with others I highly recommend these sites:

  1. Nobiliana (you have to register in order to participate in the discussions)
  2. European Royals

Source: Wien.info 

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H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg in San Francisco

On July 13, 2011, H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg was in San Francisco, CA to celebrate 25 years of the Luxembourg Consulate in the city by the bay.  The handsome prince met with the mayor of San Francisco along with dozens of other local dignitaries.  During the celebration meeting:

Mayor Lee presented the Crown Prince with a proclamation to mark the visit and celebrate the 25th anniversary by declaring July 13, 2011 as ‚ÄúConsulate General of Luxembourg Day in San Francisco.‚ÄĚ As part of the gift exchange, the Mayor presented the Crown Prince with a portfolio of pre-1906 earthquake images of San Francisco.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation by the Crown Prince to the City of a copper etched print by Luxembourg-born and current Bay Area resident, scientist and artist Philippe Emmanuel Lamesch. The print, entitled, ‚ÄúThe Gate,‚ÄĚ symbolizes the international diversity of Luxembourg and San Francisco and their role as a welcoming gateway in opening new opportunities for their residents and businesses.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Bradenton.com by Jakub Mosur

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit the Eden Project

On July 12, 2011 The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the famous Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom.  Per the official site for The Prince of Wales, PrinceofWales.gov.uk:

The¬†Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall,¬†who began their visit to the South West in Devon and Somerset yesterday, started today with a visit to the Eden Project near St.¬†Austell, where they marked the ecological tourist attraction’s tenth birthday by driving a bamboo stake into the ground to symbolise the start of its Rainforest Walkway.

To view photos of the couple visiting the Eden Project please click here.  To learn more about the Eden Project please visit their website here.  Or, you can watch a video of this amazing attraction in Cornwall here.

Source: Princeofwales.gov.uk

Photo courtesy of: Daylife by Matt Cardy/GettyImages

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‘Monaco’s Christine Stahl Denies Rumors of Albert and Charlene’s Split’: A Video Report

Days before their lavish wedding in Monaco, Christine Stahl, a representative for the Palais Princier de Monaco, spoke to AFP News about the rumors of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene splitting up. ¬†Click¬†here to watch the video.¬†¬†Yeah, it’s old news, but whatever.

Finally, here is a video of the princely couple arriving at their wedding reception in Durban, South Africa.

Photo courtesy of: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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