Monday, May 9, 2005 at 7:13 PM

Monaco’s (and Europe’s) First Black Prince?

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

HSH Prince Albert II, the absolute ruler of the Monegasque Royal Family of Monaco, is as confirmed a skirt-chasing bachelor as Warren Beatty was until – at the (evidently still virile) age of 55 – he was domesticated by Annette Benning. (Now, instead of skirts, he’s chasing 4 kids….) Unlike Beatty, however, it seems Prince Albert was not too concerned about planting his seed in whomever he laid.

But an intriguing feature of the Prince’s sexual predilections is the jungle fever that has driven him on occasion to seek pleasure in the ample bosom of Nubian commoners.

And thus, consummating the inevitable synergy of his carelessness and fate, it was revealed last week that Prince Albert has sired a son who, alas, is illegitimate in more ways than one: Born out-of-wedlock and also black!

Prince Albert’s mistress with their love child: But a suitable Prince?

The proud Mummy is Nicole Coste. She’s a former flight attendant from the African country of Togo. And she rejects, with justified indignation, any notion that she’s just a fly-by-night tryster who caught an unsuspecting Prince in a baby trap.

Indeed, Ms Coste seems to have given the Prince such royal satisfaction during his exotic booty calls that, after just a few assignations in 1997, he offered her a more suitable job as his mistress and provided her with commensurate accoutrements – including an elegant Parisian pied-à-terre – befitting her new station in life.

It redounds to her dubious honour, therefore, that she endured 6 years of service to the Prince before (lo and behold) God blessed her with child. And really, all things considered, could it have happened to a more deserving damsel in distress and her promiscuous Prince?

But like all mistresses, Ms Coste craves legitimacy and her son Alexandre gives her a legitimate claim. After all, it’s been almost 2 years since his birth and Prince Albert persists in treating their son (his presumed heir ) like a dark (and shameful) secret. And, under these circumstances, no one can deny that anything she can do to honour her son would be entirely warranted. Because where she had no reason to suspect that Prince Albert would ever make an honourable woman of her, she has just cause to demand that he honours their son’s birthright.

Unfortunately, the Prince seems determined to treat his only son as merely a financial obligation. Indeed, in response to last week’s revelation, Prince Albert announced that he shall erase all doubts about the line of succession in his Principality by anointing Prince Andrea, the eldest son of his sister Caroline, as his rightful heir.

Princess Caroline’s son: A suitable Prince…naturally

Given Prince Albert’s sovereign immunity, there seems little or nothing Ms Coste can do to compel him to recognize Alexandre – beyond providing common law child support which he has apparently consented to on rather generous terms.

But the unpardonable slight of his son can only come back to haunt Prince Albert in years to come. Indeed, some of the foreseeable issues include:

What kind of relationship does Prince Albert intend to have with his son? Clearly mere financial support does not a father make. And, does he really want to be known to the world as a man who would treat his own flesh and blood as nothing more than a financial obligation?

What will he say when Alexandre confronts him with the inevitable and indispensable question of race: Daddy, would you have banished and disinherited me if I were white?

What will this do to Prince Albert’s carefully cultivated image as the now reigning patron of the Princess Grace Humanitarian Award and the Monaco World Music Awards? Indeed, will black superstars like Seal, Whitney Houston and Ziggy Marley still be willing to heed the Prince’s call for music to “unite our humanity”?

Indeed, will he allow Alexandre to call himself a “Prince” of Monaco (like his cousin Prince Andre and the other males of his generation who were born to the Grimaldi family)?

And, should he ever follow Beatty’s lead by marrying and having more children in his later years, will he disinherit Prince Andrea and make one of his own legitimate (and presumably white) children his heir apparent?

Proud Papa? Not! In fact, the real revelation in this story is that Prince Albert is the Prince of Darkness…in more ways than one!


  1. Anonymous December 14, 2005 at 1:12 am

    It always amazing to me that people who claim to know so much about royalty don’t know squat. Alexandre would not be Europe’s first black prince. That would be a Medici. Currently tho, Liechtenstein has a black prince. Prince Maximilian is married to an American black woman, Princess Angela. They have one son, Prince Alfphonse.

  2. Anonymous December 14, 2005 at 4:32 am

    In fairness to the author, the title is framed as a question. Indeed, as a fellow European, even I cannot keep up with the marriages (interracial or not) of all our royal family members.

    Surely it cannot be denied that Albert’s son is unique in that he would be the heir to the throne and I rather suspect that’s why this black prince is so controversial.

  3. Marisol Cusatti July 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    HSH Princess Angela of Liechtenstein was born in Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama.

  4. Ann August 20, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Prince Albert had an illigetimate daughter long before he had Alexandre. She cannot inherit the throne either. Albert’s father, the the late Prince Ranier, changed the rules to the line of succession to include only those born of legitimate marriages. He knew nothing of little Alexandre. But in his last days, Ranier was resigned to the fact that Albert may never settle down, get married, and have kids. If Ranier had not gotten the rules changed, then France would have been given dominion over Monaco. So in order to prevent that the rules were changed. This certainly had nothing to do with Alexandre.

    So before you cry racism why not learn the facts-and accept them? Or I guess you’re happy, like so many others, to play the victim.

  5. Ann August 20, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Oh. And it’s not Monegasque Royal Family it’s Monegasque Princely family as Monaco is a Principality not a Kingdom.

  6. Anthony L. Hall August 20, 2008 at 7:27 am

    That is a silly mistake. Thanks for the correction Ann.

  7. Torre December 29, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Well…, if Prince Ranier changed the rules whilst he was in power, why then can’t Prince Albert change them back! Or make up new rules for succession?

    Just wondering.

  8. Getright September 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    He needs to man up and give his first born son his due! He knows better and if he doesn’t, he’s not a very good leader, either.

  9. Why August 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    How about this: Don’t have sex with women of African descent!
    Children can easily happen when a man and woman have sex.
    If being Black or of African descent is so bad, why have sex with someone so unacceptable?

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