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Monaco's royal children who have no right to the throne

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As the child of a reigning monarch, some things in life seem certain.

From palatial homes to aristocratic bloodlines to the chance to one day ascend the throne, a life of opulence seems to be part of the deal.

But for two descendants of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the latter is completely out of the question and they will remain commoners forever.

The legal loophole affects the monarch's eldest children, Jazmin Grimaldi, 27, and her 15-year-old half-brother Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste.

This is because both were born to women the prince never married – American Tamara Rotolo and Togo-born Nicole Coste.

Instead, Prince Jacques, the four-year-old son of Albert and his wife Princess Charlene, is the presumed heir to the small principality in the south of France.

Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, 15, is pictured alongside his father, Prince Albert and a family friend after his confirmation in London last year. Photo: Instagram/deliaantalAlexandre Grimaldi-Coste, 15, is pictured alongside his father, Prince Albert and a family friend after his confirmation in London last year. Photo: Instagram/deliaantal

Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, 15, is pictured alongside his father, Prince Albert and a family friend after his confirmation in London last year. Photo: Instagram/deliaantal

The reason for the rejection lies in Monaco's succession laws, which stipulate that only “direct and legitimate” descendants of the Monegasque monarch or his siblings can inherit the throne.

Since neither Jazmin's nor Alexandre's mother ever married their father, the prince, they are not in the line of succession to ever ascend the throne.

But don’t feel too sorry for the blue-blooded duo.

Both will inherit a significant portion of Prince Albert's fortune, estimated at $1 billion, and have been offered the opportunity to live and study near him in Monaco.

Previously, there were initially doubts about paternity, and the prince requested a DNA test before assuming the role of biological father.

For Jazmin, this meant a Californian childhood with her American mother, a real estate agent, before she visited Monaco for the first time at the age of eleven.

Alexandre also grew up in France with his mother Nicole, who was with the prince for several years after the two met on an Air France flight on which she was working.

Jazmin and Alexandre reportedly maintain a close relationship with their father, his wife Charlene and their four-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella. Photo: Getty ImagesJazmin and Alexandre reportedly maintain a close relationship with their father, his wife Charlene and their four-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella. Photo: Getty Images

Jazmin and Alexandre reportedly maintain a close relationship with their father, his wife Charlene and their four-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella. Photo: Getty Images

But Prince Albert did not claim paternity until his son was almost two years old, even though he was already supporting the couple financially.

Nearly 15 years later, both Jazmin and Alexandre reportedly maintain a close relationship with their father and his wife Charlene, as well as their four-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella.

Last year, the prince and his eldest son enjoyed a photoshoot at Alexandre's confirmation in London, while Jazmin, like her grandmother Grace Kelly, is an actress who regularly attends high-profile events alongside her famous father.

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