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Prince Albert II of Monaco criticizes ‘Grace of Monaco’

By Sarah McClanahan,

Prince Albert II finds the film Grace of Monaco, which is based on his mother’s life, historically inaccurate and glamorized.

According to The New York Post, the film Grace of Monaco, set to be released next year, stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in 1962 during the time France and Monaco had major disagreements over taxes. It follows Grace Kelly’s life through the marriage of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, played by Tim Roth, for her to become Princess Grace.

The BBC reports Prince Albert and his sisters released a statement after film producers told a French magazine the Palace had supported the movie.

In fact, the Palace was “surprised” to receive the film script, because they were “no way associated with the project." It had submitted for changes of the script due to inaccuracies, but they were not taken into consideration.

"The Palace of Monaco cannot accept that the producers of this film imply they have received 'Their Highnesses' support in any way whatsoever, since this is not the case.

The Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic. "It recounts one rewritten and needlessly 'glamorized' page in the history of the Principality of Monaco and its family,” the statement read.

Additionally, they believed the movie contained "major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes."

The film’s producer, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, however, had a different perspective surrounding the work. He concluded that the voice of the Palace was included but, in the end, the film is fiction.

"The palace was aware of the script and made requests for changes. We took most of their remarks into account, but not all," Le Pogam said. "The film is not intended to tell the true story of the principality.”

Nicole Kidman agrees with the producer’s assessment in an interview with French magazine Le Figaro where she focused on a few of the film’s strengths in her portrayal of Grace Kelly.

“This is not a biopic or a fictionalized documentary . . . but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears and weaknesses.” Kidman shared.

 
 

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