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9-1-1: Lone Star actor Rob Lowe's romance with royal revealed

The actor described it as "immediate fireworks"

Rob Lowe wearing a navy T-shirt and ink blue blazer on Good Morning America© Michael Le brecht,Getty
Megan Bull
TV Writer
April 11, 2023
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Rob Lowe is happily married to his wife of 32 years, Sheryl Berkoff, but before they were an item, the actor had a royal romance with Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. In his 2011 memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, Rob reflected on his brief encounter with the daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and American actress Grace Kelly

Split image of Rob Lowe and Princess Stephanie, both pictured in the 1980s.
The actor had a brief romance with Princess Stéphanie in the 1980s after hanging out in Paris

According to his memoir, Rob had been crushing on the princess for a while before they met. After his close friend, Glenn Souham – who had connections to the Grimaldi family – had noticed Rob admiring Princess Stéphanie's 1986 Vogue cover, he'd offered to introduce them. 

In the autobiography, Rob explains that they first hung out in Paris while having dinner with friends. "By dessert, neither of us is interested in anything other than getting the hell out of there and back to her apartment," he says. 

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He also recalled the moment he learned that Princess Stéphanie had called her butler and asked him to clear out her current boyfriend's belongings from her apartment before she and Rob had returned. It was at that point that he "moved in" with the royal.

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The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor revealed that the relationship had only been brief as he and Stéphanie quickly got "over the buzz of our initial meeting." He added: "It's becoming clear that the mutual infatuation has been sated. We both know it's time to move on."

Despite their romance coming to an end, Rob continues to look upon it fondly, and in 2012, he described their meeting as "immediate fireworks" to CBS. 

Rob and Stéphanie pictured with friends at an outdoor event in 1986© Rex
Rob and Stéphanie pictured with friends in 1986

"It was really super fun," he told Jess Cagle in a later interview. "But at the end of it, I just remember the lifestyle of sleeping 'till one o'clock in Paris, and then going to nightclubs and having dinners with no less than 15 people every night. I was like a kid who needed to work, I needed to go back to a job." 

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