Prince Albert In A Can(did) Way Says Kid Is His
(CBS) PALM DESERT, Calif. Prince Albert II of Monaco will announce that a 14-year-old Palm Desert girl, whose mother reportedly had a brief affair with him, is his daughter, a French newspaper reported Tuesday.
Le Figaro reported that the unmarried Prince Albert, son of American film actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, will acknowledge Jazmin Grace Rotolo, a student at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in Palm Desert, as his child.
Tamara Jean Rotolo of Palm Desert filed suit against the prince in 1992, claiming he fathered her daughter, who was born on March 4 of that year, during an affair they had in the summer of 1991, according to Le Figaro.
The ex-waitress, who said she met Prince Albert on the Riviera when she traveled to the country with her husband on vacation, was seeking $9,540 a month in child support, according to the newspaper.
The lawsuit was dropped in 1993 on grounds of improper jurisdiction.
Prince Albert has acknowledged spending time with Rotolo, but did not confirm or deny that he was the father of her daughter, Le Figaro reported.
Shortly after Prince Rainier's death in April 2005, Prince Albert acknowledged that he was the father of a 2-year-old boy, Alexander, with Nicole Coste, a former airline attendant.
Patricia Rotolo, who identified herself as a cousin of Tamara Rotolo and a family representative, told The Desert Sun today that "all's been handled really well for (the child's) sake."
She said Prince Albert and his staff "have been very careful of what's going on."
Patricia Rotolo also said that French journalists and paparazzi have been in the area attempting to take photos of the girl, who she described as a "mature, sympathetic and intelligent girl" and honor student.
Barbara Gibson, head of St. Margaret's School, told The Desert Sun that "we've had some unwanted visitors on campus this morning that were asked to leave, and who did."
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