Andrea Casiraghi, Monaco’s second in line to the throne, is engaged

Andrea Casiraghi is engaged! And since I know this news will be met with a litany of “WHO”s, let me explain. Andrea is a boy, first of all. He’s the oldest child of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Caroline’s second husband, Stefano Casiraghi. Stefano was the husband that died in a tragic boating accident in 1990. After Stefano’s death, it’s said that Caroline took her three children to a remote part of France and raised them for years out of the spotlight. When the kids (Andrea, Charlotte, Pierre, in order of birth) were teenagers, Caroline reintroduced them to royal life, stepping in as the de facto First Lady of Monaco in her father HSH Prince Rainier’s last decade on the throne. It was said that Rainier adored the Casiraghi children, doting on them and spoiling them. Also – Caroline did remarry eventually. She married Prince Ernst August of Hanover, and they have a daughter (a half-sister to the Casiraghi kids) and there are tons of rumors that Ernst and Caroline barely have a marriage at this point, and Ernst flagrantly flaunts his mistresses in public.

Anyway, back to Andrea. There’s some evidence that Caroline has been plotting on her eldest son’s behalf, dropping the odd quote here and there to journalists, letting it be known that if her brother, Albert (the current ruler of Monaco) does not provide an heir, Andrea will be perfectly willing to take the crown. I thought for a time that Albert thought of Andrea as his heir as well – Albert is allegedly close to Caroline’s children. But all of those plans were thrown into disarray when Albert married Charlene. Now Monaco waits to see if Albert and Charlene will provide an heir (born in wedlock, because that’s the only way you get to be an heir in Monaco). So… the fact that Andrea is now engaged to his young girlfriend… it’s interesting.

Princess Caroline’s son Andrea will tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend, the palace in Monaco confirms to PEOPLE.

“I have the joy to announce the engagement of my son Andrea Casiraghi to Miss Tatiana Santo Domingo,” Princess Caroline, 55, says in a statement.

It was signed Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Hanover (Caroline is married to Prince Ernst of Hanover).

The couple, both 28, met through mutual friends at the American University in Paris and have been dating for seven years. Casiraghi, is the first of the late Princess Grace’s grandchildren to be set to wed.

Casiraghi is the eldest of Caroline’s four children (his father is the late Stefano Casiraghi, who died in a speedboat crash in 1990) and follows his uncle Prince Albert II of Monaco in the line of succession to the Monaco throne, until Albert and his wife Charlene have produced an heir.

[From People]

Good God, I forgot that Andrea is already 28 years old! I thought he was only 23 or so. Well, it’s nice I guess. Putting aside the royal gossip and the politics, both sexual and realpolitik, it’s simply nice that Andrea is marrying his girlfriend of seven years. No one has every called Tatiana “Waity” even though she’s apparently been waiting for the ring all this time? I have no idea what Tatiana does, though. I know her family is crazy rich and I’ve actually heard that Tatiana and Andrea’s relationship is pretty stable. No huge breakups, no violent club dramas, nothing like that, although I’m sure some Monaco gossips should be here shortly to tell me how wrong I am. At worst, they’re both rich and vapid and quiet. At best, Andrea is making some interesting moves, and it will be fascinating to see if this jumpstarts Albert and Charlene’s babymaking plans. Who will the next heir be? A spawn of Albert, or will the throne eventually pass to Andrea and his half-Colombian heirs? I don’t even know.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    Maybe this will put an end to his bar fights.

  2. flan says:

    He looks like the bad guy from some 19th century novel.

  3. Snowpea says:

    Um, forgive me (I’m really horny at the moment) but that guy is SO FRACKIN’ HOT!

    • Eleonor says:

      You’re sooo right!

    • backwards says:

      They are great genes in that family.

      Wouldn’t put Tatianais the ‘waity’ column because she has a career

      • Becky says:

        Yep. His sister is riculously beautiful. And stylish (Karl is her fucking godfather)!

      • kristiner says:

        No completely backwards. Rainier was pretty handsome and Grace was pretty.

        Albert has ALWAYS looked like some under bridge troll. I just don’t understand how that happened.

        Their daughters were pretty just aging now. But what in hell happened DNA wise with Albert?

    • gg says:

      Ohhhhh yes, he is incredibly gorgeous. What a face. The jawline. oooooo yes.

  4. celine says:

    meh. his brother is cute though.

  5. Jackie O says:

    he has the look of royal eurotrash.

  6. cupidityrox! says:

    Pierre was the one in the bar fights. Andrea is rumoured to be a raging cokehead. I don’t know much about her but if she’s dated him for seven years I bet she’s seen everything. Congrats to the trailer park royals!

    • Mich says:

      I could swear that I heard a rumor about heroin. Maybe it was coke though.

      They do seem like they have been true soul mates for years. Definitely in mutual love.

      • iseepinkelefants says:

        I heard it was heroin too. Sort of an odd choice. I could understand coke but heroin? It’s so… 90′s? and harder to conceal than a coke addiction.

  7. ruby says:

    He definitely looks like he’s on something… Those eyes !

    My father taught at a school the casiraghi children attended for a while. He says they were spoilt brats running wild.

    • flan says:

      They all look like spoiled brats.

      But what can we expect? Monaco ‘royalty’ is generally shunned (or at least kept at a polite distance) by other royal houses and who can blame them?

  8. badrockandroll says:

    I thought that if Albert doesn’t have a legit heir, the country becomes part of France?

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      The Constitution of Monaco was changed to allow the Andrea (via Caroline) to be the heir. Thus the jostling for position.
      IMO, looks like Princess Charlene is going to put off motherhood for as long as possible.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Yep, Andrea could be the official ruler of that teeny tiny country.
      I’d be happy about that if it weren’t for the rumours about his drug use. He really does look like a prince from fairy-tales, no?

      “Will the throne eventually pass to Andrea and his half-Colombian heirs?”

      The Throne would pass to half-Colombian, 1/4-Italian, 1/8-American heirs :)
      Andrea’s father, Stefano, was an Italian business man. Quite serious and solemn in pictures, a bit tense, reminds me a lot of a more severe Andrea (though Andrea takes a lot after his mother, too: the lips and a general air of nonchalance).

  9. Tania says:

    Wasn’t she pregnant? I remember seeing some recent photos of her where she looked kind of pregnant…

  10. Turtle Dove says:

    (looks around for Prince)

    I see Michale Bolton, but where’s the Prince you keep talking about?

  11. Aud says:

    He doesn’t look too bad, but she looks like she has a full on bitchface.

  12. Talie says:

    I used to think Andrea was stable–he has, I think, a few degrees. But recently he has looked very strung out and there were pics of him all bloody. The only Casiraghi who could effectively be heir to the throne is Charlotte. She’s Albert’s favorite and I’ll bet she would be his choice before the boozy boys. Also, I haven’t seen him and Tatiana together much. It’s an odd arrangement, but she is from that set and knows how to handle herself in public.

  13. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Well at least, this couple and Royal family is far far more interesting than Waity and what’s-his-face. Unlike the ridiculous obsession with Kate Middleton’s hairstyles and fashion, this family has REAL drama and intrigue.

    • flan says:

      They are way trashier than even many ‘trailertrash’ people.

      Who can forget Stephanie with her babies from different bodyguards? Then the bodyguard she married was papped making out with Miss Topless (or some such title) Belgium. That was all complete with his visible erection in his swimming trunks.

      And then she took up with some circus-guy and travelled along with the circus. Seriously, you can’t even make that up.

      • Eleonor says:

        I think she was a former miss France, but I’m not sure. That was an hell of divorce!

  14. birdie says:

    Does she ever smile? She looks miserable ..always.

  15. opinion8edx2 says:

    It must be so difficult to be rich, royal…seems all of Europe’s “born” royals seem so miserable…

    • Emma says:

      Being royal comes with a lot of baggage. And just because they are rich and have titles doesn’t mean their life is great. If you read biographies of many royals and aristocracy in history, you see there is so much dirt and nastiness behind closed doors, you wonder if its worth having all that money. It may sound like a cliche, but most of these kids have never known real love from their parents and feel empty and worthless causing them to turn to drugs and other self-destructive behavior. But I know this world only glamorizes the riches.

      • anna says:

        Many, many sons and daughters of aristocracy in Europe are extremely well-raised, balanaced, and neither strung out nor drugged up. The Grimaldis are, as one poster put it, rather “trailer park royals”

    • Sachi says:

      Not really.

      From the current crop of future Kings and Queens, many of them are well-adjusted with a good sense of duty and responsibility.

      Many royals born in the ’60-70s were not raised by a slew of nannies. It was a change in royal life, in that Queens/royal mothers wanted to take care of their children themselves and had more say in their children’s upbringing. It was also the time when many royals started projecting a more down-to-earth image: bringing their kids to school themselves, playing in the park, going to festivals and mingling with ordinary citizens, participating in competitions like sailing that are open to the public, etc.

      Charles’s childhood is very different from Prince Felipe of Spain’s childhood or Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s childhood. They’re peers, they’ll all be monarchs, but the latter two’s upbringing were not as strict as Charles’s.

      They’ll always be spoiled, being born into a world of privilege and luxury, but it also depends on what kind of parents they have and what their personalities are, whether they’d make something of themselves or they’ll behave like royals of the past who got whatever they wanted and didn’t have a care about others.

      Look at the Swedish royal family: the King’s children seem to be decent people.

      Same for Spain, with the exception of the scandal, the King and Queen’s children are not flashy, ostentatious, and excessive. It also helps that Spain’s monarchy is heavily scrutinized by the press, so the royal family is almost “required” to be modest or they’ll answer to the press and public who demand that they perform their roles well. All of the King’s children graduated from University and have Bachelor’s or Master’s Degrees.

      Look at Belgium: the King’s 2 older kids are responsible and hardworking. The ‘black sheep’ is the youngest son who has been involved with scandals. But 1 out of 3 kids is not a bad statistic.

      But you are right in that royal life is not all it’s made out to be. Not everyone is cut out for royal life.

      Caroline’s kids are not royal. They just had a ‘royal’ upbringing. For all of Caroline’s efforts to raise them like ordinary citizens, they live the life of jet-setters. Spoiled, indulged, and aimless. All 3 of them have no jobs. If they’re not connected to Grace and they don’t have the wealth of the Grimaldis, they’re as good as Euro trash. And I think many people see them (and Monaco) as such.

  16. Gabrielle says:

    He is so much sexier than William!!!!
    The Casiraghi kids are all beautiful because Grace Kelly was their grandmother.

  17. Jackson says:

    That picture of him with the cigarette is exactly what I imagine a prince from Monaco to look like. Albert, not so much.

  18. Alexis says:

    He looks gross and dirty.

  19. LeeLoo says:

    So who wants to take bets that Andrea has a baby before Prince Albert? I get the feeling there will be no children coming from Albert and Charlene. I’m rooting for Andrea to take the throne.

  20. Vicky says:

    This guy gives good face! What bone structure.

    PS: Prince Albert has a 1/2 black illegitimate son. What about him?

    • LAK says:

      I think the word you should consider is ‘illegitimate’. Only children borne within a legal marriage can inherit. Don’t worry though, he’ll still get the riches.

  21. Happymom says:

    Wow-that is one miserable looking family. She fits right in.

  22. Mr. Greek says:

    Ah, Monaco gossip and news.

    Both Andrea and Tatiana look like quintessential Euro trash…in my humble opinion. It’s been said before but is worth repeating…the Grimaldi’s of Monaco are the Jersey Shore of European royalty.

    It’s known within Monaco circles that Andrea has had a severe drug addiction problem for years now – rumors of both coke and heroin. It was worse a few years back, when he suffered severe weight loss, etc. and looked like utter hell.

    Quite frankly, I’ve never understood the reasoning behind Albert’s marrying Charlene for an heir to the throne. With Andrea (and Pierre and Charlotte) in the family line, what was the urgent need for him to marry? Could it be that there really is a battle between Albert and Caroline for control in Monaco? Hmmm.

    • Fue McCormick says:

      The battle for reigning in Monaco was going on with Rainier, as well. It was either is mother or sister who kept trying to get him removed … I’m thinking it was his sister, Charlotte.

  23. Emma says:

    These people are not attractive at all. Charlotte is the only one that’s gorgeous.

  24. CooCooCatchoo says:

    The picture of Stephanie in pink – lol, she’s ready to punch someone!
    And, oy… she has not aged well. All of that hard living caught up with her. She still thinks of herself as a 20 yr old “it” girl, though. Hair and clothes are too young for her. Too much sun and those lips… Paris Hilton, this is your life in 20 years.

    • anna says:

      That is Charlotte. And I find her pretty but somewhat rough lookiing–not just there, but in general.

      • Sachi says:

        I think Charlotte is absolutely beautiful in a cold, haughty kind of way. She’s gorgeous even bare-faced.

        But now all the smoking (she smokes a lot), tanning, partying, and overall jet-setting are taking a toll on her looks. If she’s not careful, she’ll look like her aunt Stephanie.

        She’s starting to look rough, and she’s not even 30. She’s lost that glow she used to have. Doesn’t help that her posture is terrible and she often looks like she’s smelling something bad.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      The older woman in the 3rd picture is Caroline, the mother. She is 55 years old and looks damned good for that age. Few of us will look as good. Yes, she has led a rough life, but her looks far exceed the average 55 year old woman. Proof is all around you.

  25. Aubra says:

    He sessy!

  26. Dana says:

    I wish somehow Charlotte would get together with Harry. I could happen b/c Char is friendly with cousin Zara. Both ladies are first class equestrians.

  27. pau says:

    i think he ressembles princess grace quite a lot

  28. Lushus L. says:

    I need a ciggie. Stat. ;)

  29. Agnes says:

    both of them look sort of douchey.

  30. Loulou says:

    Andrea and Tatiana have waited until Albert finally married. All is fair. Caroline is not the type to plant stories in the press, that’s Charlene and her siblings who have long lurched on forums to jockey for the position she’s in by bullying her detractors and causing some to close with lawsuit threats and infiltration. Tatiana is the founder of an ethical, handmade line of apparel who worked in the past at Vanity Fair. Charlotte Casiraghi introduced her to her brother. Unlike the current princess of Monaco, Tatiana actually has a higher education and a business that unlike the Middletons doesn’t rip off her association with royalty. These two have by far the most stable relationship in Monaco.

  31. TOTO says:

    In the picture up ,is it me or does charlotte resumble young wild jolie in short hair era?

  32. benny says:

    I see very little of Grace in her children (Albert probably resembles her the most).

    Caroline and her daughter Charlotte look VERY much like Ranier’s mother, Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois. Andrea looks a lot like his father Stefano.

  33. MIF says:

    I think Tatiana is very shy when cameras are around, which is why she looks a little pissed off in many photos. Even in the portrait that she had done with Andrea, she is hiding behind his shoulder with just her eyes peering over.
    Anyway, I don’t think she is a “Waity”; like Andrea, she has an advanced degree, hers is in fine art. I thought she was a designer, too.

  34. HappyJoyJoy says:

    This past decade must have been rough. Because ten years ago he was absolutely gorgeous! He looked like The Beast after he turned back into a prince. :: sigh ::

  35. Sachi says:

    I like Tatiana.

    From what I’ve seen in some websites, people rag on her for not smiling too much, not putting on too much makeup, not making herself up like Hollywood celebrities, or because her fashion is not conventional.

    But there’s something about the girl that, IMO, is likable. She doesn’t seem interested in living her life in front of the cameras. She’s been with Andrea for a long time but she hasn’t been granting interviews left and right to tell them what it’s like to date Grace Kelly’s grandson. She’s not tripping over herself trying to smile and pose when there are cameras around.

    She’s filthy rich, but because she keeps a low profile, you don’t get to see her flaunting her wealth. It’s like she’s so secure in her family, her money, and her relationship with Andrea that she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. But with her, it’s not arrogance. It’s just who she is.

    Of course, she could be the exact opposite in real life, but it’s been years since she started dating Andrea and I’ve yet to read/hear anything bad about her.

    She seems like she’s her own person and doesn’t care to change herself to fit into the media’s standards. Far from a fame-whore, this girl.

  36. Green Is Good says:

    So Lestat is going to marry his sister?

  37. Minxx says:

    Caroline’s kids are so gorgeous! The boys look like their late father, Charlotte looks exactly like her mother and grandmother (not Grace, but Charlotte, Rainier’s mother, after whom she’s named). Albert actually looks the most like Grace but he’s aged badly.
    The Grimaldis are so much more interesting to watch than the uptight Windsors with their silly fascinators and bad teeth.

  38. Guinea says:

    I wish I was Charlotte, blessed with beauty and bagfuls of money, and no job! This guy needs a haircut – they both look sloppy

  39. Jovia says:

    -”I’m sure some Monaco gossips should be here shortly to tell me how wrong I am.”

    Ahaha. We’ll see!

  40. stinky says:

    If i were Charlene, i might give Mr Andrea a call…. (ahem) if u know what i mean… next thing u know, Charlene got her a baby-bump after all (omg, i said baby-bump)

  41. GirlyGirl says:

    It’s well known that douchebags are Monaco’s only export

  42. Emily says:

    Ugh, he’s gross. Backpfeifengesicht. German for “face in need of a fist.”

  43. Lucky Charm says:

    If I were Charlene, that would be the ultimate payback to Albert – for Caroline to become a grandma & the throne revert to her son & his heirs before Charlene has any children.

  44. queen says:

    I thought Andrea was the hottest thing when I was a teeanger! I am seriously questioning the taste in guys that I had back then…

    • Jess says:

      hahaha, me too! I had a picture of him above my desk when I was 14. He looked super cute back then, now he just looks so trashy.

  45. Maria says:

    I think they are a lot more interesting than W&W(William and Waity). She doesn’t pose for the cameras, and she seems to take her business seriously. He’s just plain gorgeous. I wish them well, they seem a well-suited pair.

  46. Dani says:

    Kate Middleton has more class in a follicle of hair than any of these ‘royals’.

    Even Charlotte, who is aging badly, can most likely be seen with a cigarette hanging out the side of her mouth.

    That been said, I do have a soft spot for the Grimaldis.

    Andrea was beautiful and would be beautiful still if it wasnt for his long term coke habit. (You only have to look at before and after pics of his nose to see it is coke) which is a real shame because Andrea is said to be the nice, quite one of the brood.

  47. maria says:

    Its herion for him and her to tell by pictures past 2 yrs.Nobody looks the way they do under 30.Its awful.But because they have money they can conceal it beter. What a nightmare for caoline.She should wake up and smell the cofee.Thinks shes in denial.