Prince Albert of Monaco, who is said to be Prince Harry’s good friend, admitted in a BBC interview Thursday that he was “a bit” bothered by Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, airing their grievances against the British royal family in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“I can understand the pressures they were under, but this type kind of public display of dissatisfaction, to say the least, this type of conversation should be held within the intimate quarters of the family,” said Albert, the ruler of the sovereign city-state on the French Rivera. “It doesn’t really have to be have to be laid out in a public sphere like that.”
In a rare interview, Prince Albert of Monaco gives advice to Prince Harry “this type of public display of dissatisfaction… these types of conversations should be held in the intimate quarters of the family… it did bother me”
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“It did bother me a bit,” Albert, 63, acknowledged.
Albert certainly seems to be in a position to understand the pressures of media scrutiny that come with being part of a famous family. Before he married in 2011, he was known for his playboy lifestyle and scandals, which included alleged affairs, alleged illegitimate children, paternity suits and invasion-of-privacy lawsuits that he filed against the tabloids.
But more famously, Albert experienced the challenges of a European prince bringing a glamorous American “commoner” into a centuries-old dynasty. His mother was Grace Kelly, who gave up her thriving, Oscar-winning film career to marry his father Prince Rainier. She became Princess Grace, and she and her family became regular targets of press coverage on both sides of the Atlantic.
Back when Harry and Meghan were still dating in 2017, Albert drew on his personal experience to warn that the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex about the “full onslaught” of press coverage they would soon face.
Four months before Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, Albert told People magazine that it’s “a pretty tough act” to bring anyone into royal circles and to help them navigate the media and to master protocol.
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SOURCE: Mercury News, Martha Ross