Queen Elizabeth II and her household might look like the superstars of worldwide royalty however they’re on no account the solely monarchy.
Royal households are discovered throughout the world, together with in: Spain, Monaco, Dubai, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Sweden and Holland.
Their lives are simply as dramatic… typically extra so.
- 1. Prince Albert of Monaco
- 2. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
- 3. Mohamed Bin Salman
- 4. Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
- 5. Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand
- 6. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
- 7. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
- 8. Princess Latifa
- 9. King Harald V of Norway
- 10. Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
1. Prince Albert of Monaco
Prince Albert of Monaco was as soon as notable amongst world royalty for his reluctance to marry.
He is father to U.S. actress Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, born in 1992, after a short relationship with Tamara Rotolo, who was at the time holidaying in the Cote D’Azur.
Ultimately Rotolo selected to lift her daughter exterior royalty’s searing glare, Harper’s Bazaar reported. Albert didn’t publicly acknowledge Jazmin’s existence till 2006, at which level the paparazzi descended on her.
A 12 months earlier, in 2005, Nicole Coste, a flight attendant from Togo, got here ahead to inform the world the prince was the father of her toddler son Alexandre.
The prince later confirmed her claims although neither little one is in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne as the legislation required the mother and father to be married.
Albert took the throne in 2005 after the loss of life of his father Prince Rainier and in 2011 lastly married Princess Charlene. The couple have twins, Princess Gabriella and inheritor to the throne Prince Jacques, born in December 2014.
In an electronic mail to a consumer, Brockman detailed how he had been at Epstein’s New York mansion when he noticed Prince Andrew getting a foot therapeutic massage.
Quoted in journal New Republic in 2019, the electronic mail acknowledged he overheard Andrew say: “In Monaco, Albert works 12 hours a day but at 9pm, when he goes out, he does whatever he wants, and nobody cares. But, if I do it, I’m in big trouble.”
There is not any suggestion Albert had any relationship with Epstein.
2. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Princess Sofia of Sweden’s pre-royal life was extra vibrant than most who go from the regular world to the rarefied corridors of the Royal Palace.
In 2014, aged 20, she was a glamor mannequin for a Swedish males’s journal and in 2005 was a contestant on the nation’s model of actuality present Paradise Hotel.
She met Prince Carl Philip in 2010 after they occurred to be consuming in the similar restaurant, and married 5 years later at the royal chapel in Stockholm in June 2015.
The couple have three youngsters collectively after their youngest was born in March.
3. Mohamed Bin Salman
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, typically generally known as MBS, has been the de facto ruler Saudi Arabia since his father King Salman took the throne in 2015, in line with the BBC.
However, a U.S. intelligence report in February discovered that he authorized of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The Washington Post journalist was the sufferer of an “extrajudicial killing for which the state of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible,” a U.N. investigation discovered.
The scandal emerged simply months after MBS met Queen Elizabeth II in London in March 2018.
However, the jewellery proved controversial after she wore them to a state dinner in Fiji on October 23, 2018, simply weeks after Khashoggi’s loss of life, U.Ok. newspaper The Times reported.
4. Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
Prince Seeiso is the youthful brother of Lesotho’s King Letsie III and likewise an in depth private good friend of Prince Harry.
The Duke of Sussex is an everyday customer to the nation, which is situated inside the borders of South Africa, together with on his hole 12 months in 2004.
The two princes set up a charity together in 2006 called Sentebale, which helps the psychological well being of younger individuals with HIV and AIDS.
More lately Prince Seeiso was a visitor at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 royal marriage ceremony in Windsor Castle.
5. Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest reigning monarch till his loss of life, aged 88, in 2016 after 70 years on the throne.
“His majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully,” an announcement issued at the time learn.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn then acceded to the thrown and has been described as the “playboy king” in the British newspaper The Sun.
He spends a lot of the 12 months in Germany the place native tabloid Bild reported he noticed out coronavirus lockdown with a whole ground booked out at four-star Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The new king named his mistress, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, as an official consort in 2019 throughout a ceremony during which she lay at his toes whereas he anointed her.
However, he stripped her of the title months later that October for attempting to raise herself to the similar standing as the queen, the BBC reported.
Last 12 months, he re-instated the rank, with a discover in the Royal Gazette stating she “is not tarnished” and including: “Henceforth, it will be as if she had never been stripped of her military ranks or royal decorations.”
6. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
King Felipe VI of Spain acceded the throne in 2014 after his father King Juan Carlos abdicated.
According to Spain’s El Mundo newspaper he instructed Rafael Spottorno, chief of the royal family, he didn’t need his son to spend a lifetime ready for the throne.
Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, the departing monarch stated: “I are not looking for my son to wither ready like Prince Charles.”
Prince Harry and Meghan have stated a lot about their dislike of the media, however Felipe had a hotter relationship with at the very least one journalist—his spouse Queen Letizia.
Born Letizia Ortiz the former Spanish information host fell in love with the royal in 2002 whereas protecting the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige in Northern Spain, Hello! reported.
They married in 2004 and have two youngsters, Leonora and Sofia.
7. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands grew to become Holland’s first male sovereign in additional than a century when his mom Queen Beatrix abdicated in January 2013.
His spouse Queen Maxima was an Argentine economist who beforehand labored in New York for Deutsche Bank.
However, their engagement was controversial after it emerged her father Jorge Zorreguieta had been a minister in the Argentine authorities in the ’70s and ’80s at the time of a brutal navy junta, The Independent reported.
An investigation by the Dutch parliament allowed the marriage to go forward after it discovered Zorreguieta most likely knew of atrocities dedicated throughout the soiled struggle however she, as a toddler, didn’t, in line with the newspaper.
Needless to say, he was barred from their 2002 marriage ceremony and he additionally missed the investiture ceremony which made his daughter queen in 2013.
8. Princess Latifa
Princess Latifa captured the world’s creativeness when she tried to flee her household by boat in February 2018. Her actions got here after she recorded a video describing how she had been barred from abroad journey.
Eight days into the voyage throughout the Indian Ocean the princess was introduced again to Dubai after a commando raid on the boat, the BBC reported.
For years, the world heard nothing from her till in February movies printed by Sky News confirmed her describing being imprisoned by her father Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Princess Latifa stated in the footage: “So I am in a villa. I am a hostage. This villa has been converted into a jail. All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window.
“There are 5 policemen exterior and two policewomen inside the home and I am unable to even go exterior to get any contemporary air.”
She added: “I’m doing this video from a toilet as a result of it’s the solely room with a door that I can lock.”
More recently, pictures of Latifa outside Dubai have surfaced and campaigners fighting for her freedom have reported positive developments.
Last week, David Haigh, cofounder of the Free Latifa campaign, told Sky News: “We are happy to see Latifa seemingly having a passport, travelling and having fun with an growing diploma of freedom, these are very optimistic steps ahead.”
9. King Harald V of Norway
King Harald V of Norway had a disrupted childhood after Germany invaded during World War II, when he was six years old.
His mother fled with him and his two sisters and they lived out the war in America before returning home after Norway was liberated in 1945.
In 1968 he married the love of his life Queen Sonja amid controversy over the fact she was a “commoner,” i.e. not from royal or aristocratic lineage.
10. Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Luxembourg has a grand duke quite than a king as it’s a Grand Duchy and the present sovereign is Grand Duke Henri.
He was born in 1955 and has studied in America, Britain and Switzerland, the place he met his future spouse at the University of Geneva in 1980.
He married Cuban-born Maria Teresa Mestre the following 12 months on on February 14, 1981, and the couple now have 5 youngsters collectively.