He was the Principality's moneylender, one of Prince Albert II's confidants, administrator of His Majesty's real estate in the morning, and chartered accountant in the afternoon. Claude Palmero, 67, éminence grise as influential as feared, was dismissed Tuesday morning from his duties at the Palace. The sexagenarian should officially leave his post on June 12 before, no doubt, asserting his rights to retirement. His eviction from the Palace was brutal. The éminence grise was escorted to his car by two of the Prince's carabinieri, and his office emptied. "The carabinieri helped him carry his boxes," tempers a source close to the file. Reached Tuesday evening, Nicolas Saussier, the head of the press service of the Principality, had refused to confirm or deny the information of the eviction of this former confidant of the prince.
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