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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his siblings are criticizing Grace of Monaco, a film about their mother, iconic actress Grace Kelly, which stars Nicole Kidman in the title role. The Palace said it does not approve of the film, although the producers told the French press otherwise.
Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie said in a statement that they had spoken with the producers and made “numerous requests for changes” but were ignored. When they saw the latest screenplay it “had caused much astonishment,” reports The U.K. Telegraph.
The Palace noted that several scenes are “purely fictional.”
“Therefore, the royal family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic,” the statement read. “It recounts one rewritten and needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco and its family with both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes.”
According to The BBC, the statement comes after the film’s producers told a French newspaper that the royal family had approved of the project. Later, producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam told the AFP that it is meant to be fictional.
“The palace was aware of the script and made requests for changes. We took most of their remarks into account, but not all,” he said, reports the BBC. “The film is not intended to tell the true story of the principality.”
Grace of Monaco takes place in the 1960s, when Monaco was involved in a tax dispute with France and she was being lured back to Hollywood. She stayed with her husband, Prince Rainier, to help guide Monaco through the difficult time.
“This is not a biopic or a fictionalised documentary of Grace Kelly but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears and weaknesses,” Kidman told Le Fargo, notes the Telegraph.