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Grace Kelly film under fire from Prince Albert II of Monaco

Story by Jack Foley

A NEW film about Grace Kelly, starring Nicole Kidman, has been criticised by Prince Albert II of Monaco for historical inaccuracies.

Grace of Monaco will follow the legendary High Society actress after she marries Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace and is rumoured to focus on a six-month period when Monaco was in a heated tax dispute with France.

At that time, director Alfred Hitchcock offered the former actress a chance to return to acting.

The producers of the film told a French magazine that the Monaco principality had supported the film, prompting an angry response from royal officials.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his sisters released a statement saying that the film contained “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes”.

It continues: “The Princely family wishes to emphasise that this film is by no means a biopic. It recounts one rewritten and needlessly ‘glamorised’ page in the history of the Principality of Monaco and its family.”

The statement goes on to reveal that the palace had been “surprised” when it received the script for the film, as it had “in no way been associated with this project”, and claims it had submitted a number of requests for changes to the producers, which reportedly have not all been taken into consideration.

The statement concludes: “The Palace of Monaco cannot accept that the producers of this film imply they have received Their Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, since this is not the case.”

Responding to those comments, Grace of Monaco producer, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, said that he has never claimed that the film was absolutely true and maintained that it is very much a work of fiction.

He did, however, acknoweldge that he had received the request for changes, most of which had been taken into account.

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