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And while Prince Rainier had a life of unimaginable luxury, his life was blighted by tragedy and the legacy of a centuries-old curse appeared to haunt him and his family.
It is said a spell was put on the Grimaldi family that meant none of their marriages would survive. Some say the curse dates back to 1297 when the first Grimaldi, Francesco the Spiteful, tricked the principality's defenders by disguising himself as a monk, only to kill them.
Others suggest it was put on the family by a witch after she was raped by one of the Grimaldis. But, as His Serene Highness once put it: 'Royal scandal is as old as the notion of royalty itself. Check the history books.