‘Grace of Monaco’ Director Responds to the Princely Family of Monaco’s Disapproval of His Upcoming Film.

Prince Albert II of Monaco waves from the Palace balcony during a parade for Monaco's National Day in Monte CarloLast Tuesday His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco issued a statement to the press regarding their unhappiness with the upcoming film, Grace of Monaco, and the article about the film that appeared in the French magazine, Paris Match:

Following the publication of an article in the weekly magazine Paris Match (#3319, pages 70-71), the Palais Princier de Monaco wishes to bring the following clarification:

HSH Prince Albert II, HRH the Princess of Hanover and HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco have no alternative but to clear up any confusion resulting from incorrect statements made by the producers of a feature film, given the temporary or definitive title Grace of Monaco, which claims to be about their parents.

According to these statements, the ‘Palace [sic]’ is said to have been ‘reassured by the producers’ unwavering standards with respect to credibility” and ‘did not request any significant changes to the script [sic].’

Having in no way been associated with this project, Their Serene Highnesses were quite surprised when they received the script. The Palais had submitted many requests for changes to the producers of the film, not all of which were taken into consideration.

Consequently, the Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic. It recounts one page, rewritten and ‘glamorized’ for no good reason, in the history of the Principality of Monaco and their Family which includes both major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes.

The Palais Princier de Monaco cannot accept that, today, for commercial reasons, the producers of this film imply that they have received Their Serene Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, this is not the case.

Days later, Grace of Monaco director, Mr. Olivier Dahan, spoke with the French newspaper, Le Journal de Dimanche, to share his thoughts regarding the mini-controversy.  Here is what he had to say (rough translation):

What do you think of the latest development/statement made by the family of Monaco, it sounds like a denial?
I think there is a misunderstanding. The Paris Match article has been misunderstood. We never asked them to endorse anything. Three weeks after the start of filming, we met Prince Albert and Princess Caroline at the Palace. With respect we also sent them the script. They had made a few remarks. For those who have appeared relevant, we came back to them with corrections, but not all.

For example?
They wanted me not to put too much emphasis on feelings of anti-France Monaco at the time. The film takes place in 1962. France and Monaco were going through a political crisis since General de Gaulle wanted to recover taxes and taxes on French companies residing in the principality. It is a part of the background of the film. I could not respond positively to this type of change.

They also accuse you of having “rewritten and glamorizing” the history of Monaco.
It is not I who ‘glamorizes’ the principality. They
[the principality] do that themselves. But, I do not want controversy. I just be regarded as an artist who claims his freedom and the right to fiction. Of course there are historical inaccuracies. General de Gaulle has never set foot at the ball of the Red Cross. But, I needed it to tell my story.

It is perhaps that is why they are precisely displeased …
I am not a journalist or historian. I am an artist. I have not made a biopic. I hate biopics in general. I did, in any subjectivity, human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career. But, who will give up her career and invent another role. And, it will be painful. When I met the Grimaldi family, that’s what I tried to explain and then I had the feeling of being listened to.

And understood?
Perhaps more by Albert than Caroline. They are attached to the historical side of the story. Since May, we’ve only had good relations. They gave us filming permits. Today, they changed their minds. But, I understand their point of view. After all, it is their mother. I do not want to provoke anyone. Only say that it’s the cinema.

 

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Remembering His Majesty the Late King Louis XVI of France.

louis-xvi-portraitOn January 21, 1793, His Majesty King Louis XVI of France, well, lost his head on the Place de la Révolution (known today as Place de la Concorde) in Paris.

On January 21, 2013, over 50 commemorative Masses took place throughout France in honor of the late king.

Please click herehere, and here to read several articles (in French) about today’s activities events.

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales Speaks About His Time in Afghanistan and More. (VIDEOS)

According to the BBC News His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales ended his tour in Afghanistan and left for England this afternoon.  During his tour of duty the popular prince spoke about his “… role in Afghanistan and other various issues…”

Please click here here and here to read various articles as well as to watch videos from the BBC News, CNN, and Telegraph newspaper.

 

 

News Regarding Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan.

TMJordanOn January 21, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan “.. met with beneficiaries of scholarships offered by various international universities…” in Amman.  Please click here for more information about today’s meeting from the Jordan Times.  

Meanwhile, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the 3rd Arab Economic and Social Development Summit began this morning.  His Majesty King Abdullah is expected to participate in this two-day event along with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai as well as important officials from Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain.

Members of the Swedish Royal Family Attend a Seminar. (VIDEO)

seminarTheir Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden along with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, attended the seminar, Goda Idéer för en bättre värld: Ett samtal om de Kungliga Stiftelserna, held inside the Bernadotte Library at the royal palace in Stockholm.

According to the Swedish royal court the purpose of today’s event is to, “…provide a greater insight into the royal foundations and get more applicants.”  

 

 

 

 

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Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia Welcome Twin Boys!

prinz_georg_friedri_702659cPer the official website for Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia:

“With great joy and gratitude, the head of the House has announced the birth of his sons, Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand, arrived in Bremen on 20 January 2013. Princess Sophie and the twins are doing well.”

Congrats to the couple!   🙂

Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium Participates in a Seminar in Ghent.

princessmathildeOn January 21, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathlide of Belgium was at the Marriott Hotel in Ghent to participate in the seminarTransatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years: Addressing Disparities in Access for Migrant Children from Low-Income Families.

According the newspaper, Nieuwsblad, Princess Mathilde gave a speech stating “…more attention must be given to poverty issues in pre-primary education training programs for teachers and health workers. ‘Quality early education and care leads to better health and better emotional and intellectual development,’ said the princess. She added that it also can reduce social inequalities and increases the opportunities to get out of the vicious circle of poverty.”

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits Brunei. (VIDEOS)

On January 21, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and representatives of a Dutch trade delegation, began their two-day state visit to Brunei Darussalam.

The purpose of the trip is to strengthen economic and bilateral ties between the Netherlands and Brunei Darussalam.

After the official welcoming ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman palace, then taking a boat trip as well as touring a museum, Her Majesty along with the prince and princess attended a gala state banquet in the evening.

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Click herehere and here to watch videos from the gala dinner.

Click here and here to read two articles from the Brunei Times.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Visits Merseyside and Liverpool.(VIDEO)

PoWOn January 21, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited Merseyside and Liverpool.

The prince visited the Jaguar Land Rover plant where he toured the production line and training facilities as well as met with the employees.  He also visited the Knowsley Primary School where he met with students participating in “…an activity-based maths and industrial production lesson organized through BITC’s Business Class initiative…” The Prince of Wales also met with “…teachers and business leaders involved in raising awareness of manufacturing and related subjects among school children at the Jaguar Land Rover Education Centre.”

The prince also attended the re-opening of the newly restored Florence Institute for Boys in Merseyside.

Afterward, The Prince of Wales  traveled to Liverpool where he toured the manufacturing company, Harrison Advanced Rods.  Whilst there he met with staff and toured the facility.

For more information about today’s activities please click here (video), herehere, herehere and here.  To view another set of photos please click here.

News Regarding TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. (VIDEOS)

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Centre National de Gestion de Crise (CNGC) in Monte-Carlo on January 18, 2013.

During his visit the sovereign prince along with the along with the Minister of State of Monaco, Mr. Michel Roger, the Advisor to the Cabinet of Monaco, Mr. Didier Gamerdinger, and the Government Councilor for the Interior, Mr Paul Masseron, toured the new crisis facility and given a briefing about the operations of the center. Inaugurated last November the CNGC, “… is a state-of-the-art command center that provides protection for the Monégasque population in case of a major crisis…”

pcversaceOn Sunday, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was in Paris to attend the Atelier Versace Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture show. The princess was a special guest during last night’s event along with R&B singer, Ne-Yo, actress Ms. Olivia Munn, Academy Award winner, Kevin Costner and his wife, and actress Ms. Melissa George to name a few.

Click here to watch a brief video.

And, finally this morning the lovely princess attended the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013 show held at L’espace Ephemere des Tuileries in Paris.  After the show the princess was asked what she thought of the presentation by designer, Mr. Raf Simons, “I loved the garden, I loved the colors.  It was so beautiful… a fantastic collection.”