For some random reason, Prince Albert of Monaco has decided to talk quite extensively (for a fellow royal) to People Magazine about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I have no idea why Albert decided to talk about them, but he did. And since there is nothing else to talk about with Meghan right now, let’s talk about this.
“A prince falling in love with an actress — the story may sound familiar. And that’s because it has happened before. Just ask Prince Albert of Monaco, whose late mother Princess Grace was a famous movie star and Oscar-winning actress before marrying Prince Rainier in one of the most celebrated fairytale weddings of all time. Though he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps (Albert is married to Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer), he’s no stranger to the media spotlight himself. And when it comes to Prince Harry’s romance with American actress Meghan Markle, he thinks the couple ‘are doing a pretty good job so far.’
“Bringing anyone into royal circles, navigating the press and mastering protocol, ‘is a pretty tough act,’ he tells PEOPLE. ‘Especially in the British royal family, which is scrutinized by the press as no one’s been.’ The couple ‘seem to be having a good deal of success so far,’ he says, but ‘sooner or later, she’s going to have to face the full onslaught.’
“Albert’s own life — especially his romance and 2011 wedding to Charlene — were subject to intense press coverage. ‘I can’t imagine how that will be on them, on her,’ he says. ‘Being an actress, in a way, gets you a little prepared but nothing really can prepare you for the constant pace of it. Particularly now that the pace has changed so much. It’s hard for anyone to handle. It was difficult for Charlene to handle,’ he admits. ‘I can’t imagine the difference now with the increased pace of news and social media.’
“But as of yet, Albert says the couple seems to be taking the scrutiny in stride. ‘They seem to be doing okay for now,’ he says. ‘The only kind of advice I can offer is the British expression: ‘Keep calm and carry on.”
“Albert says he and his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, benefitted from having an actress as a mother when it came to preparing to deal with the press attention they’d face throughout their lives. ‘Mom said being an actress did prepare you a little,’ recalls Albert. ‘It familiarized you a little with the press. But the press was a little more respectful in those days. The press, mostly the photographers, seems to have changed.’
“‘Mom taught us that you have to do all you can to protect your private life,’ he continues. ‘But you also have to face the press at some points. When we went on family holidays together, we would take an hour on the first morning and give that to the photographers. We let them have that hour and in return they would let us go on with our lives during the vacation.’
“This method, he says, could prove useful to Harry and Meghan. ‘Giving them a little time seemed to work then. Maybe it still will.'”
I have so many questions. Has Albert met Harry and Meghan? Did they give him permission to talk about them and their relationship? Will Albert be uninvited from the wedding because he talked about them publicly for no reason? Did People prompt Albert to talk about this, or did Albert voluntarily give this up himself? Does Albert follow tabloid gossip, and is he laughing at all the BS as much as I am, OR does Albert believe all the tabloid nonsense as fact? Does he hit up gossip sites over his morning coffee? I’m so curious!
Here is a photo of Prince Albert at Wimbledon on July 16 seated in the Royal Box next to Princess Michael of Kent. He was there the same day William and Kate were.
PS. Hello Magazine says Meghan flew to London with her mother ahead of her birthday on August 4.