Since 2004, after meeting at boarding school near Paris, Andrea, the eldest son and second in line to the throne after Caroline, has had a long-term romance with Columbian beer heiress, Tatiana Santo Domingo. Andrea has been a presence in Manhattan since 2007 when he was studying for his master’s degree in International Affairs at The New School, but he’s somehow remained relatively elusive despite sharing a townhouse in Washington Square Park with his girlfriend, who holds her own as a member of one of the most visible families in New York. Listed as one of the “most beautiful people in the world” by People in 1999, Andrea tries to hide in plain sight, even skateboarding around Soho.
Charlotte, the 25-year-old breathtaking beauty was recently named the face of Gucci’s Forever Now campaign, shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh. She captivates audiences not only with her looks, but with her talents as an avid equestrian, amateur show jumper and Olympic hopeful. With her pouty lips, olive skin and hazel eyes, she bares a striking resemblance to Angelina Jolie. And like Jolie (and her own family members), Charlotte has caught the attention of the fashion world.
While the Duchess of Cambridge has garneredattention for her traditional and, dare we say, pedestrian fashion choices, it was Charlotte’s undeniable style and striking splendor that landed her the coveted cover in September 2011 of Vogue Paris. Famed photographer and celebrity BFF Mario Testino (who has also photographed William and Kate, as well as Princess Diana) shot Casiraghi. She follows in the fashionable footsteps of her mother Caroline, who also graced the cover of the magazine in 1983 (which was designed by Andy Warhol). Charlotte’s fashion résumé also includes Editor-at-Large of the environment and green lifestyle publication Above Magazine and cofounding editor (with pals Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski) of Ever Manifesto which supports the eco-friendly fashion movement. She appeared on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed list in 2006 and is one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite muses. Expect many more fashion shoots and paparazzi shots of Charlotte’s every stitch of clothing.
Charlotte has thus far stayed out of any scandals—despite the fact that many were up in arms over her reported split from longtime boyfriend, British curator Alex Dellal (yes, Chanel model Alice Dellal’s brother—royals gravitate to other boldface names). It is rumored that she’s now dating French comedian, Gad Elmaleh (she was spotted slipping out of his apartment in January). Though Elmaleh is more than 10 years her senior, Charlotte has certainly deviated from the various and rumor-inducing relationships that her mother and aunt once had.
Pierre’s relationship, though hardly racy, is also one of interest as he’s been seen gallivanting around Milan, Rome and the Spanish hippie island enclave of Formentera (Kate Moss’ haunt) with Italian Countess and TV personality Beatrice Borromeo. But most recently, the third in line to the throne of Monaco has made headlines due to his involvement in a brawl at the exclusive Meatpacking District boîte, The Double Seven, where the alleged antagonist, businessman and ex-club owner Adam Hock, punched Pierre in the face and was charged with four counts of third-degree assault. It was reported that 24-year-old Pierre was partying with a trendy clique of European expat party boys including shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III (with model girlfriend Jessica Hart), Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and their friend Diego Marroquin. Imagine a very fancy frat pack, with bottles of Cristal replacing cans of Budweiser.
Last summer, in the wake of the British royal wedding—that of Kate and William—was the marriage of the 53-year-old prince and the 33-year-old Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, which ended the longtime bachelorhood of Prince Albert and a three-decade wait for a new princess. The last wedding of a ruling prince in Monaco was that of his mother and father in 1956. While the wedding was stocked with A-list guests and other royals, the most anticipated welcome may have been for the other members of the Grimaldi family, specifically the Casiraghis and the people on their arms.
The three garner attention in their own right, but it doesn’t hurt that they can be found front row, partying and jet-setting with equally chic “children of” such as the Santo Domingos, the Niarchos’, Margherita Missoni, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and the Restoin Roitfeld siblings. Whether stateside or across the pond, these three are inevitably the ones to watch. While the social spotlight can fade with time, royalty is always in fashion.