Okay, move over William and Harry because, as sweet as you are, next ot this guy you're looking a little like chopped liver. The vision of male gorgeousness, below right, is the eldest son of Princess Caroline and the late Stephano Casiraghi and big brother to Charlotte, Pierre and half-sister, Alexandra.
As if being a member of the wealthy Monaco House of Grimaldi (and second in line to the throne) isn't enough, Casiraghi is is also heir to his Italian father's oil fortune. Born in 1984, he was only six when his biological father died prematurely in a boating accident and along with his siblings spent his childhood at a farmhouse Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in Southern France, 12 miles or so from Avignon.
The Story so Far
Fluent in several languages, he later studied at Canada's McGill University and the American University of Paris, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and International politics, followed by a Masters in Interantional affarirs from the New School in New York and an internship with the Qatari Embassy to France. On top of all this exclusive education , he spent several months teaching children in Senegal, Togo, and Niger, patronage of the Motrice Foundation, which funds research into cerebral palsy.
The Casiraghi's/Grimaldi's attract the tabloid media and paparazzi like flowers attract bees, only the relationship is not as wholesome. If your'e rich and famous it's almost inevitable but if your rich, famous, royal AND goodlooking, your fate as media-feed is completely sealed. Before Andrea was barely fifteen he had already been included in People Magazine's World's Most Beautiful People list and in 2008 made tenth on Forbes 20 Hottest Young Royals compilation. Young Andrea is said to have an introverted, sensitive personality but is friendly and sporty nonetheless.
- horse riding
- water sports
- collecting Swatch-watches
- dating rich, beautiful women
Not a Prince
Casiraghi does not have the title of 'prince', however if Prince Albert does not have progeny, then protocol would demand he made Pierre his legal heir. This is due to a panicked relatively recent reworking of Monaco law, as previously, if the current Prince died without a son, the line would end. Albert already has a child, Alexandre, from his union with a Togo-born flight attendant but as the baby was born out of wedlock, he has no claim to the throne.
The House of Grimaldi is supposedy staunchly Roman Catholic, however this doesn't seem to prevent divorces, extra-marital affairs and illegitimate children within the family.Catholicism is the official religion of Monaco and 90% of the population are Catholics.
Romantically, Andrea has been linked to German aristocrat Caroline von Stauffenberg and more recently, Columbian socialite and heiress to a filthy rich fortune, Tatiana Santo Domingo.Not surprisingly the rich, handsome Monagasque has been shortlisted as one of the world's most eligible bachelors.
Casiraghi is accustomed to jetting all over the world and style-wise, has developed a duel image of European debonair sophistication on the one hand and youthful cool on the other, as evidenced in the photo below which shows Casiraghi skateborading around the streets of New York, cigarette in hand.
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