The twins Jacques and Gabriella of Monaco grow up in a princely palace. Nevertheless, her parents Albert and Charlène make sure that it is also their "home".
Monaco – For more than 700 years, the Palais Princier in the Principality of Monaco has been the home of the Grimaldi family. Prince Albert II of Monaco (65) also knows what it's like to grow up here. All the more reason for him and his wife Charlène (45) to make sure that life within the much-visited palace walls is also a home worth living for their offspring. In an interview with the magazine "Gala", the Monegasque family man now explained what he pays particular attention to when raising his children Jacques and Gabriella (both 8).
Albert of Monaco wants Jacques and Gabriella to "feel completely free"
Albert revealed that even as a young prince, he once loved to skate around the palace's Hercules Gallery. Even in his childhood, he and his sister had explored the premises with great curiosity. "For us children, it was an adventure to discover everything," the monarch recalls. Jacques and Gabriella should also preserve this thirst for discovery. For the young Monegasques, one place in particular is particularly suitable.
"Well, the palace is also a place where we live as a family," Albert continues. "There are areas, such as the gardens, where children can feel completely free and play. This helps them to develop a sense that this is not only an official place, but also their home." In order not to be constantly exposed to the prying eyes of tourists, the Monegasques, especially in the period from Easter to October, avoid "standing around in the courtyard for too long," according to Albert.
"Step by step": this is how Albert and Charlène of Monaco raise their twins
Childhood in the castle: Even Papa Albert thought it was great to grow up in the Prince's Palace, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabrielle do the same (photomontage). © Javad Parsa/dpa & Beautiful Sports/Imago
Even though Jacques is already being prepared for his office as heir to the throne, there are no overly strict rules for the prince and his sister. "We also don't say that they have to sit down and listen to a lecture," Albert continues: "They should discover things for themselves. Little by little, they will understand what all this means. And what an incredible legacy we leave them."
In this way, Jacques and Gabriella are to learn "step by step" in which princely tradition they grow up. In the meantime, the twins have already got to know all the "state apartments" and "other important rooms" of the palace. That alone takes time. "It's not something you do in one day," Albert said.
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Albert of Monaco seems to be far less sympathetic to Charlène's willingness to experiment. Their recent change of type created a rather gloomy mood between the princely couple. Sources used:bunte.de