Princess Stéphanie of Monaco’s daughter Pauline says being brought up in a circus after her mother eloped with an elephant trainer was ‘random’ but a ‘moment of pure freedom’

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  • Pauline Ducruet is the child of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet
  • In 2001, Stephanie An elephant eloped with the trainer before returning to Monaco
  • Her three children spent years with her in a caravan at a traveling circus
  • Prince Albert’s niece, 27, recently launched her own fashion label Alter. launched under the name

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Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s daughter has opened up about her unconventional childhood living in a caravan with a traveling circus after her mother eloped with an elephant trainer.

Pauline Grace Ducruet, 27, who is 16th in line to the Monaco throne, is the daughter of Stephanie and her former bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, and granddaughter of film star Grace Kelly.

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Prince Albert’s niece, who recently launched her own fashion brand, spent years in a caravan at a traveling circus after famously eloping with an elephant trainer before returning to Monaco.

in an interview with Sunday Telegraph, she said that while her childhood may have been ‘random’, living and traveling with children around the world was a ‘moment of pure freedom’.

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Stephanie, Princess of Monaco’s daughter Pauline Grace Ducruet (pictured in Monte Carlo last year) has opened up about her unconventional childhood living in a caravan with a traveling circus after her mother eloped with an elephant trainer

Pauline spent years in a caravan at a traveling circus after she famously eloped with an elephant trainer before returning to Monaco.  She is pictured with Stephanie of Monaco at the 44th International Circus Festival in 2020

Pauline spent years in a caravan at a traveling circus after she famously eloped with an elephant trainer before returning to Monaco. She is pictured with Stephanie of Monaco at the 44th International Circus Festival in 2020

‘That was random’, she said. ‘But it was interesting and I was out with the animals all the time. I was with kids from all over the world – German, English, Italian, Spanish – and we had our own little language. It was a moment of pure freedom which I don’t think a lot of kids can have.’

The youngest child of Rainier III and 1950s acting icon Grace Kelly, Stephanie was said to be the wild child of the family, known for her series of scandalous romances.

His mother died in September 1982 in Monaco after driving around a hairpin curve and crashing into the vehicle with her 17-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

Princess Stephanie, now 56 years old, suffered greatly after the incident, and was followed by false reports suggesting that she was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

Pauline is 16th in line to the Monaco throne and the daughter of Stephanie and her former bodyguard, Daniele Ducruet (pictured with Stephanie in 1996).

Pauline is 16th in line to the Monaco throne and the daughter of Stephanie and her former bodyguard, Daniele Ducruet (pictured with Stephanie in 1996).

Princess Stephanie of Monaco's daughter is pictured being held by an elephant during a show at the Swiss National Circus Nie in Geneva in 2001

Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s daughter is pictured being held by an elephant during a show at the Swiss National Circus Nie in Geneva in 2001

In 1991, she became engaged to her former bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, and the pair had two children – Louis and Pauline – before marrying in 1995.

A year after walking down the aisle, the marriage was left in a tizzy when Stephanie’s husband was caught tickling a woman who had previously won the title of Miss Topless Belgium.

However, Pauline insists that the pair remained close throughout childhood, always making ‘a point for us to grow up with two parents’.

In 1998, Stephanie welcomed a daughter, Camille, but controversy surrounded her birth after she failed to disclose who the princess’s father was.

As such, Camille is not in line to the Monegasque throne, unlike her brother Louis Robert and her sister Pauline.

Camille herself has identified former palace security guard Jean Raymond Gottlieb, who is understood to have been Stephanie’s chief of security detail when they began a relationship, in a birthday post shared on Instagram in 2017 as her father’s. in the form of.

In 1998, Stephanie welcomed a daughter, Camille, but controversy surrounded her birth after she failed to disclose who the princess's father was.  Pauline, Camille and Stephanie were photographed during Paris Fashion Week last year

In 1998, Stephanie welcomed a daughter, Camille, but controversy surrounded her birth after she failed to disclose who the princess’s father was. Pauline, Camille and Stephanie were photographed during Paris Fashion Week last year

Although Camille shares Gottlieb’s surname, his name is not on her birth certificate and Stephanie has never publicly confirmed that he is Camille’s father.

In 2001, Pauline’s mother, along with her three children, left Monaco to have an affair with an animal handler at a Swiss traveling circus.

The relationship ended abruptly and, two years later, she married Adans López Pérez, a Portuguese circus acrobat – a marriage that eventually ended in divorce less than a year later.

Upon returning to Monte Carlo, Pauline herself decided to begin her career as an acrobat, earning a bachelor’s degree in diving and participating in the World Junior Diving Championships and the Summer Youth Olympics.

At the age of 18, she left the family home to study fashion styling at the Istituto Marangoni in Paris before the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Pauline, whose mother Stephanie modeled for Dior, interned at American Vogue and Louis Vuitton before eventually launching her own label, Alter, which has recently released her second collection.

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