INTRO
BORN LEADER
SMOOTH TRANSITION
ROMANCING THE THRONE
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LABOUR OF LOVE
RAINIER'S LEGACY
ACTION MAN
CALL OF DESTINY
YOUNG PRETENDERS
PHOTO GALLERY
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Just a few weeks after he had taken over as regent Prince Albert found himself at the centre of a storm of controversy. Former air stewardess Nicole Coste provoked headlines all over the world when she told a French magazine the Monegasque leader was the father of her child Alexandre. Out of respect Monaco's new leader decided not to talk about the reports until the official mourning period for Prince Rainier came to an end, but on July 6 he released a statement acknowledging paternity.

The prince made it clear his son would have no claim to the throne, as Monaco's constitution states only "direct and legitimate" children can accede, but pledged to fulfil his responsibilities as a father.

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