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The Grimaldi house has been plagued by a number of marriages over the years, either ending in the death of one of the partners or in divorce. A royal author, Coryne Hall, has looked at the most recent romances of the Monegasque royal family and admitted that happy marriages seem to be rare among the Grimaldis.

Asked what she thinks of the so-called ‘Grimaldi curse’, she told Express.co.uk: “It seems to be pretty regular, doesn’t it?

“None of them manage to have a happy marriage.

“It’s either romance and divorce rumors or there’s a divorce.”

Looking at the love life of Princess Caroline, one of Albert’s beloved sisters, the expert went on to say, “I mean look at Caroline, when she managed to find the man of her dreams , Stefano Casiraghi, he was killed in a speed-boat accident.”

Princess Charlene suffered a serious ENT infection in 2021 (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Stephanie of Monaco has been married and divorced twice (Image: GETTY)

Mr Casiraghi, who died in 1990, was the second husband of Caroline, whom the princess married after divorcing Philippe Junot.

Nine years after Mr Casiraghi’s death, Caroline married Prince Ernst August of Hanover – but the couple are believed to have been separated for years.

Ms Hall, author of Queen Victoria and The Romanovs: Sixty Years of Mutual Distrust, went on to talk about Caroline’s sister, Stephanie, who has been married and divorced twice.

She said: “Stephanie has been unlucky on that front [either].

“And going back in time, Princess Rainier III’s sister, Princess Antoinette, wasn’t very lucky either, she had three husbands.

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Princess Caroline’s second husband died in a speedboat crash in 1990 (Image: GETTY)

“There seems to be something there, they don’t seem to have much luck with weddings in the Monegasque royal family, do they?”

Another Monegasque marriage that ended in tragedy was that of Prince Rainier, Albert’s father, as his wife and former Hollywood star Grace Kelly died in a car crash in 1982 aged just 52.

Rumors of a “curse” persecuting the Grimaldis have been circulating for years and date back to the 13th century.

However, Ms Hall pointed out that there could be a more well-founded factor which could play a role in the tension in royal marriages around the world, including in Monaco.

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Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, formerly known as Grace Kelly (Picture: EXPRESS)

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert on their wedding day (Image: GETTY)

She said: “I’m sure they’re under a lot of pressure, they have to be.

“For foreigners marrying into the family, there must be a tremendous amount of pressure, whoever the royals are and whoever the foreigner is, they have to adjust to a completely different way of life.

“And if they’re from a different country, like for example Princess Charlene or Princess Grace, they have even bigger adjustments to make.”

Rumors of a ‘curse’ on Monaco resurfaced last year when Albert’s wife, Princess Charlene, was stuck in South Africa for six months after developing a serious ENT infection.

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Monarchies in Europe (Picture: EXPRESS)

The princess had traveled to the country where she grew up in May, to carry out conservation work with her foundation.

But she was only able to leave the African continent in November, after undergoing several procedures and medical visits.

During her forced stay abroad, Charlene and Albert dismissed rumors of unhappiness in their marriage.

In fact, Charlene described her hubby as her “rock” last summer, saying, “I miss my husband and kids a lot.

“What was extremely difficult for me was when my medical team told me that I couldn’t go home for my 10th wedding anniversary.

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Princess Charlene was admitted to a treatment center in November (Image: GETTY)

“Albert is my rock and my strength and without his love and support I could not have gotten through this painful time.”

Days after returning to Monaco, Charlene was admitted to a treatment center outside the principality after it became clear she was struggling to cope with royal and family life, her husband said.

Speaking to People magazine, he pointed out that his absence from the royal palace was solely due to his health issues, saying: “I’ll probably say this many times, but it has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make this very clear.

“These are not issues within our relationship; not with the relationship between a husband and wife. It’s of a different nature.”

The Palace of Monaco last issued an update on Charlene’s health ahead of Christmas, saying the royal is ‘recovering satisfactorily and reassuringly, although it may take a few more months before her health does not fully recover”.

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