As Monaco's royal twins Jacques and Gabriella approach their first birthday, Prince Albert has been reflecting on the relationship they might have had with his parents. The Monegasque sovereign opened up his late mother Princess Grace in an interview with People magazine, explaining what she would have been like as a grandmother.
"I think she would have been an outstanding grandmother," Prince Albert confided. Meanwhile, he added that his father, the late Prince Rainier III, would probably have been more laidback as a grandad than he was as a parent.
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Prince Albert has opened up about his late parents Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III
"He would have been a little more indulgent. More lenient than he was with myself and my sisters."
The 57-year-old has previously told the publication that his father was the strict parent with himself and sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, but their mother would often cave in.
"If we needed to ask for something, we'd go to mom," Albert revealed in 2014.
Prince Albert says Princess Grace would have been an 'outstanding' grandmother
Prince Albert has been talking about family life ahead of Monaco's National Day on Thursday, and recently revealed that his baby twins with Princess Charlene are starting to take their first steps.
"(The twins) are doing very well, we have just celebrated their eleventh month and they will be with us on the balcony for the national holiday, if it isn't too cold," the 57-year-old prince promised.
He went on: "They are beginning to take their first steps and trying to say little bits of words. They really want to express themselves and I speak to them in French. In everyday life, they are very playful and curious."
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene welcomed their twins in December 2014
Albert met Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, when she took part in a championship in Monaco. The couple, who married in a lavish three-day celebration in 2011, are already keen to pass their love of sport on to their children.
"They have already watched a little rugby and football on TV with us and they were really interested."