Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

To Catch a Prince

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

To Catch a Prince

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In a New York restaurant earlier this month, women were seen parading back and forth past Prince Albert of Monaco's table.After dinner, a lucky three were crammed into his Mercedes, and a plucky blonde was spotted jumping into a cab, yelling,'Follow that Prince!' This is nothing new. For 30 years His Serene Highness has been pursued by starlets and supermodels, siring two children on the way.And at 48, he's still single. Alistair Duncan rifles through Albert's little black book

Heather Mann

The model accompanies the Prince to several official engagements in 1994, prompting speculation that she is 'the one'. Heather Mann's aunt, Judith Mann, is private secretary to Princess Caroline, Albert's sister.

Kylie Minogue

Albert meets the diminutive Aussie starlet in 1993, lunching with her at the Beach Plaza hotel. In 2002, she claims that the Prince groped her bottom at the World Music Awards. 'The Prince swept me off the ground,' she says. 'I was a bit surprised to feel his hand caress my backside when he put me down.

It was a bit embarrassing.'

Caroline Diemunch

Reports emerge in February 1999 that Albert has been dating the French university graduate for over six months. She meets the Prince in her role as a PR agent and function organiser in the Principality.

Lisa Marie Presley

The wild-child daughter of rock legend Elvis is courted by the Prince in Los Angeles in 1988.

Patrizia Pellegrino

Albert sees the Italian singer in 1989. She says: 'He's lovely.

Whoever marries him will be the luckiest woman in the world.'

Deborah Moore

Albert dates the daughter of 007 star Roger as a 27-year-old bachelor, escorting her to a Monaco party in 1985.

Roger Moore is an old friend of the Grimaldis.

Catherine Alric

He dates the French actress for a while but gets dumped after another catches his wandering gaze. She leaves him a farewell note saying: 'Love without faithfulness is like a flower without sun.'

Teri Weigel The pair met when Teri performed in a review in Monte Carlo and spent the evening together afterwards. The Playboy centrefold model claimed Albert lifted her skirt in a nightclub to show friends she had nothing on underneath. 'He was behaving like a naughty boy. He even did it in front of his sister Caroline.' She said the two went back to his apartment in Monte Carlo and he chased her around the room. 'He couldn't keep his hands off me,' Teri said.

Nancy Stafford The Prince dates the American actress, who appears in Sidekicks, in 1986.

They are spotted together in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Calgary, where he takes her bobsleighing.

Kim Alexis

The Prince attends the Princess Grace Foundation Awards with the American model and TV personality in 1991.

Tasha de Vasconcelos

The half-English daughter of a wealthy Portuguese businessman meets Albert when each has an exclusive apartment in the same block in Monaco. They become inseparable, leading to marriage rumours in October 1998, and then again in 2005.

She is a model and actress who appears in spy spoof Johnny English, opposite Rowan Atkinson.

Claudia Schiffer

Albert is introduced to the German supermodel in 1991 by Karl Lagerfeld at the World Music Awards. He courts her from 1992 to 1993. After the relationship ends, he is said to have 'loved and lost' her. When asked about their relationship in 1997, however, he says: 'I took her out on a couple of dates but that was it.'

Nicole Coste

In 2005, a former Togolese air hostess breaks the news, weeks before Albert's coronation, that she has a 21-month-old son, Alexandre, by him. It turns out he has never denied paternity and has secured his son's financial future. …

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