|Jazmin Grace Grimaldi|
(1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 22)
Charlene, Princess of Monaco(stepmother)
Princess Stephanie of Monaco (aunt)
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (born 4 March 1992) is the daughter of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Tamara Rotolo, and the elder of the Prince's two known illegitimate children.
Prince Albert II publicly confirmed Jazmin's paternity on 1 June 2006, noting that he had wanted to protect her identity until she was an adult. Prince Albert's other out-of-wedlock child is Alexandre Coste.
Out-of-wedlock children are not in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne according to Article 10 of the Constitution of Monaco, as amended 2 April 2002 by law n°1.249, which specifies that only "direct and legitimate" descendants of Monaco's monarch (or of the monarch's siblings) may inherit the throne. A child born out of wedlock may be legitimated in Monaco : article 226-9 of the Monegasque Civil Code specifies that "the legitimization can benefit to all children born out of wedlock provided that, by voluntary acknowledgement or by court judgement, their parentage has been lawfully established with regard to their two parents". Alexandre who was born in France, was acknowledged by his parents under the French law as a legitimate child as was his older sister Jazmin Grace Grmaldi. ipso facto: article 310 of the French Civil Code This specifies that "all children whose parentage is lawfully established have the same rights and the same duties in their relations with their father and mother. They enter into the family of each of them". Article 227 of the Mongegasque Civil Code provides that when the parents of a (non-adulterine) child marry, the child is legitimized ipso facto (as happened in 1995 when Princess Stéphanie of Monaco married the father of two of her children. Even though the couple later divorced, the children are deemed to have succession rights). With Prince Albert's marriage to Charlene Wittstock, this last scenario is now remote and at the present time neither child can legally inherit the throne. If Albert does not have a legitimate heir with Princess Charlene, the current heir apparent (or Crown Princess), The Princess of Hanover, Princess Caroline will inherit the throne after her brother. She has 4 children, Andrea, Pierre, Charlotte and Princess Alexandra of Hanover who can inherit behind her.
On 26 October 2006, Albert II gave an interview to US television personality Larry King. Albert said his children would not be in line for the Monegasque throne but that they would be taken care of financially. They are also heirs to Prince Albert's personal fortune, estimated at more than one billion dollars. Due to the accession of Monaco to the Council of Europe on 5 October 2004, the European Convention on Human Rights regulates inheritance rights, in addition to the laws of Monaco, which also guarantees familial inheritance for children born out of wedlock.
- It has been erroneously reported in some media that Jazmin will not use the surname Grimaldi, though this was quickly corrected in subsequent interviews by Prince Albert, whereby the articles and the Prince himself referred to his daughter as Jazmin Grace Grimaldi.
- In his Paris Match (29 June - 5 July) interview which Prince Albert requested from the editor, Prince Albert said: "What matters to me is they are certain of my affection for them". The Prince also added Jazmin is welcome to study and live in Monaco.
- Fordham University, New York, New York 2010–Present
- JSerra High School, Orange County, California 2006-2010, Alumnus
- St. Margaret's Episcopal School, Palm Desert, California. 2001-2006, Alumnus
In February 2006, the French magazine Voici published photographs of mother and daughter during a visit to Monaco. The Prince has hired the services of Gavin de Becker and Associates.
Jazmin Grace is described to the press as a “mature, sweet and intelligent" girl. At 14 years of age, she graduated from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in Palm Desert, California, and entered JSerra High School in Orange County, California.
In November 2006, Jazmin Grace visited eight islands in Fiji on a humanitarian mission to help bring the local children assistance in education, medicine, and community development. One of her stops was at a school for the disabled and she donated 30,000 prenatal vitamins to the Savusavu Hospital on the island of Vanua Levu. She has also established a humanitarian fund for the region called Jazmin Fund.
In June 2010, Jazmin graduated JSerra High School in Orange County, California, where she was an honor student and a soloist in a school choir that performed with singer Barry Manilow.
Upon graduation, she received The JSerra Senior Faculty Award and the Fine Arts Award. She was also selected to be a lifetime member of The California Scholarship Federation, and has been since she was a sophomore, entitling her to the distinction of Sealbearer.
She is now attending Fordham University.
Illegitimate children are nothing new in the Royal family of Monaco — in every generation for the last 100 years a Grimaldi has had an acknowledged illegitimate child. Some of these have obtained succession rights through legitimation or adoption, including Princess Charlotte, an illegitimate child who was adopted by her own father, and who then ceded her succession rights to her son Rainier, on May 30, 1944. Prince Rainier III made obtaining succession rights in this manner impossible for the illegitimate children of his son Albert by adopting a new constitution in 2002, which limited the succession to direct, legitimate issue.