|Born||Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi
(1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 29)
American University of Paris
The New School
|Spouse||Tatiana Santo Domingo (fiancée)|
Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (born 8 June 1984) is the eldest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, and the grandson of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and American actress Grace Kelly. He is currently the second in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, meaning that if the reigning Prince of Monaco, his uncle Prince Albert II, dies without legitimate children, then Casiraghi is likely to adopt the surname Grimaldi and someday become the Prince of Monaco.
Family background and early lifeEdit
Casiraghi was born as Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi on 8 June 1984 in the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, Monte Carlo, Monaco. His mother Princess Caroline of Monaco is the eldest daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1923 – 2005), and his wife Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982). His father Stefano Casiraghi (1960 – 1990) was an Italian businessman and athlete. Casiraghi was named after his father's childhood friend, his maternal uncle Prince Albert and his maternal great-grandfather Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois. At his mother's request, he was given no title. Casiraghi's godparents are his maternal aunt Princess Stéphanie and his paternal uncle Marco Casiraghi. His younger sister Charlotte Marie Pomeline was born on 3 August 1986, and his younger brother Pierre Stefano Rainier on 5 September 1987.
On 3 October 1990, Casiraghi's father Stefano was killed in a speedboat accident near Monaco. He was buried a few days later in the Chapel of Peace in Monaco. Princess Caroline did not know how to tell her children that their father had died, so Prince Rainier took on that responsibility. Casiraghi was reported to have suffered nightmares and insomnia. To protect her children from media attention, Princess Caroline moved to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, and later to Paris.
In 1999, his mother married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, and gave birth to Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover. Along with a half-sister, Casiraghi gained two stepbrothers, Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover, and Prince Christian of Hanover.
Education and careerEdit
Growing up mostly in France, Casiraghi earned his international baccalaureate degree from the International School of Paris in December 2002. Following a period at the McGill University in Canada, he eventually graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts and international politics from the American University of Paris. From 2007 to 2009, Casiraghi studied at The New School in New York City, receiving his master's degree in international affairs, and then did an internship at the embassy of Qatar in France. He is currently taking his master's degree at University of Barcelona.
Official duties and philanthropyEdit
Since 2004, Casiraghi has been involved, to varying degrees, with the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE), a philanthropic organization founded in 1963 by his late grandmother Grace, Princess of Monaco; it is now presided over by his mother Princess Caroline. He spent eight months teaching children in Senegal, Togo, and Niger. In August 2006, Casiraghi took his involvement deeper and paid a very serious visit to Manila on behalf of a joint venture of AMADE and the Virlanie Foundation. Since 2007, he has been the patron of the Motrice Foundation, which funds research into cerebral palsy. Casiraghi sponsored the Hospices de Beaune charity auction that was held in November 2009.
Casiraghi regularly attends important social events in Monaco related to the Monegasque Princely Family, such as the National Day and the Thanksgiving Day celebrations, the Rose Ball, the Red Cross Ball and the Formula One competition Monaco Grand Prix. In 2011, Casiraghi and his siblings Charlotte and Pierre hosted Monaco's annual Rose Ball, in the absence of Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie who were mourning the sudden death of their aunt Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy, a few days earlier. Casiraghi gave the speech at the start of the event. The same year, he attended the wedding of his uncle Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock, which took place on 1 and 2 July 2011.
Personal and media lifeEdit
On July 4, 2012, Princess Caroline announced that Andrea was engaged to his long–time girlfriend Tatiana Santo Domingo. According to the Vogue Italia, the wedding will take place in 2013. Casiraghi was previously romantically linked to German socialite Caroline Von Stauffenberg and Spanish actress María Jurado.
Casiraghi is fluent in French, Italian, English and German. His hobbies and interests include reading, football, horse riding, water sports, skiing and collecting Swatch watches. In December 2011, Casiraghi had his driving licence taken away after he had been caught speeding at 200 km/h near Lyon, France.
Due to his social status, Casiraghi has been regularly tracked by the tabloids and paparazzi. The media nicknamed him as "enfant terrible" and the "rebel angel". In 1999, Casiraghi was included on the People 50 Most Beautiful People list. Four years later, he was featured in a Town & Country article about young royals and was voted the most stylish royal man by the readers of the Hello magazine. In 2008, Forbes placed him the tenth on their "20 Hottest Young Royals" list. In 2011, Casiraghi was named the second most beautiful male royal of all time by the BeautifulPeople.com, behind Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland. His grandmother Grace, Princess of Monaco, was voted the most beautiful female royal of all time, whilst his sister Charlotte Casiraghi placed fifth.
Line of successionEdit
The fact that Albert II, Prince of Monaco was unmarried, prompted his father Prince Rainier to change the constitution so as to ensure there would be a successor to the throne. On 2 April 2002, Monaco passed Princely Law 1.249, which provides that if the Sovereign Prince dies without a legitimate direct heir, the throne will pass to his dynastic siblings and their descendants according to the rule of male-preference primogeniture. The law was then ratified by France, as required by a 1918 Franco-Monegasque treaty, on 4 October 2005. Most importantly, the change permits a female to ascend the throne if there are no male successors; until the change, if there was no male successor, Monaco would have come under French control. The change strengthened the places of Princess Caroline and her descendants in the line of succession.Casiraghi has thus been the second in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, after his mother Caroline. His siblings Pierre, Charlotte and Alexandra are, respectively, the third, fourth and fifth in the line, followed by Princess Stéphanie and her children (excluding Stéphanie's daughter Camille Gottlieb, who was born illegitimately and is not in line of succession to the Monegasque throne).
Honorary military appointmentsEdit
- Monaco: Corporal of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (20 January 2012 — present)