6. Princess Stephanie’s ‘Wild Child’ Lifestyle
Ever since the 1980s, Stephanie’s life has been a magazine writer’s dream. In 1982, she was riding with her mother, Grace Kelly, when the actress-turned-princess lost control of the car, sending the vehicle plunging down the mountainside. While Stephanie survived the crash, her mother died from her injuries. The shock and trauma of the accident arguably contributed to Stephanie’s behavior over the coming years.
Stephanie recorded several songs in the 1980s. One song in particular, “Irresistible,” became a huge hit in Europe. The accompanying music video, however, played on her “bad girl” image. Even her father, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, described the video as “very provocative.”
In 1987, she was photographed topless with her then-boyfriend, Los Angeles nightclub owner Mario Oliver. Unfortunately, Oliver had been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old student several years earlier, a charge which he’d plea bargained his way out of. Stephanie’s father threatened to cut her off from the family if she married the nightclub owner, but by the following year, their fling was over.
After some very public relationships, she married bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, with whom she already had two children. They divorced a year later. In 1998, she gave birth to her third child, but she refused to name the father. General consensus agreed that the dad was a guard at her father’s palace, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb.
In 2000, her wild, unpredictable behavior continued when she briefly married an elephant trainer named Franco Knie. She moved into his caravan with her three children, touring with the circus from one town to the next. She then divorced Franco and quickly married trapeze artist Adans Lopez Perez. As you might’ve guessed, the two divorced less than a year later.
Before her father’s death in 2005, Princess Stephanie stated that she felt it was finally time to settle down and “stop running away from her royal duty.”