Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo marry in a private civil ceremony

Surprising no one, Andrea Casiraghi married his long-time girlfriend and fiancé Tatiana Santo Domingo yesterday in Monaco. Andrea is the oldest child of Prince Caroline, and if Prince Albert and Princess Charlene don’t produce an heir, the throne of Monaco will be Andrea’s. And his son’s too. Because Andrea and Tatiana already have a kid together – son Sacha. Sacha will be made legitimate (somehow?) now that his parents are married. I don’t know, don’t ask me. All I know is that Sacha is considered a “legitimate” heir to the Monaco throne and none of Prince Albert’s out-of-wedlock babies are even contenders. As for the wedding… they didn’t go all out, which surprised me. It was a private, civil wedding ceremony, which means that we don’t have photos. But we do have details about it:

There was not a crown to be seen, and no massed ranks of European royals. But the marriage of Andrea Casiraghi, second in line to the throne of Monaco, to Colombian heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo was a royal wedding in all but name – and one of which Mr Casiraghi’s grandmother Grace Kelly would have been proud.

The ceremony was held within the walls of the Prince’s Palace, an ornately decorated fortress originally built by the Genoese in 1215. After their vows, taken in the shade of the palm trees overlooking Monaco’s marina, the couple hosted an al fresco poolside lunch for their 350 guests.

Two days ahead of the wedding, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tatiana’s aunt and a contributing editor to American Vogue, posted a photo on social media of the bride-to-be and her friends. The group, who included the fashion designer Margherita Missoni, 30; Noor Fares, 27, a Lebanese jewellery designer, and scion of the Greek shipping family Eugenie Niarchos, 27, all posed on the deck of Princess Caroline of Monaco’s yatch, the Pacha III.

The wedding was a suitably glamourous gathering for the couple, who met in 2002, when Miss Santo Domingo was studying alongside Mr Casiraghi’s sister Charlotte at a private Catholic school, the Lycee Jeanne-D’Arc-Saint-Aspais in Fontainebleau, near Paris. The pair share a bohemian but comfortable existence, flitting between the bars of Ibiza, beaches of Kenya and ski slopes of the Alps.

Miss Santo Domingo, known for her hippy-luxe style, was born in New York to a Brazilian socialite mother, Vera Rechulski, and a member of one of Colombia’s wealthiest families, Julio Mario Santo Domingo, who died in 2009. The family made their fortune through brewing, but went on to own an airline, newspapers and a television channel. Forbes magazine listed her grandfather, also named Julio Mario, as the 108th wealthiest man in the world and the second wealthiest in Colombia, with a net worth of $8.5 billion (£5.5bn).

Hers was the definition of a privileged upbringing; living in Geneva until she was 15, with summers spent in Bali, she studied first in Paris and then London, before completing her education with a masters in visual communications at the New School in New York. She currently works as a stylist, running an online boutique named Muzungu Sisters – the word “muzungu” means traveller in Swahili – and is a regular on the front row at international fashion exhibitions.

Her husband, second in line to the throne after his mother, has lead an equally gilded existence in the company of his siblings. His brother Pierre, 25, a model alongside Jeremy Irons for Italian cobbler Berluti, studied in Milan and now runs his late father’s construction companies… His sister Charlotte, a show jumper and the face of Gucci, is currently expecting a baby with her fiancée, French-Moroccan actor Gad Elmaleh, 42. They too are expected to marry this year.

In many ways the younger generation of the 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty gives fresh sparkle to Monaco, which has witnessed over the years the painful unravelling of the complicated relationships of its elders. Prince Albert’s wedding to South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock was suitably fairytale in grandeur, but was blighted by speculation that she was reluctant to marry. The couple have strongly denied the story, however, with Princess Charlene saying earlier this year that the whispers were “categorical lies”.

Thrice-married Princess Caroline, 56, has lived through tragedy, losing the father of her three younger children in the boating accident, and having to cope with first the ill health of her 59-year-old billionaire husband, Prince Ernst of Hanover, and then the suggestion that the couple were living apart.

Her younger sister Princess Stephanie, 48, was known as something of a wild child in her youth – dating racing driver Paul Belmondo and actor Rob Lowe before she married her bodyguard. Divorcing a year later, she began a relationship with a circus elephant trainer before marrying a Portuguese acrobat, who she divorced in 2004. In an interview in 1996, Prince Albert lamented the impact of his family’s actions.

“In certain newspapers, sensationalism has overshadowed the ‘serious’ economic reality of the principality. That damages us a lot,” he told Le Figaro in an interview marking the 700th anniversary of the family’s rule. “I am prepared to believe that the family is interesting in the eyes of the media, but the goings-on of the family’s private life are too often seen as merging with what really happens in the country. Maybe we’ve made mistakes.”

But the newly-weds of Saturday appear to have based their relationship on a much firmer footing. They are thought unlikely to live in Monaco, preferring a discreet existence in Paris, close to Princess Caroline and her husband and their 14-year-old daughter, Princess Alexandra. The couple were said to be planning a private party on Saturday night, celebrating their marriage with family and friends.

[From The Telegraph]

So they got married in Monaco just because… you know, he’s the heir. But still, they live in Paris because they are chic and bohemian. It does feel a bit like they’re trying too hard with that particular image-making. It’s like Duchess Kate and William trying to be so “middle-class” and down to earth. At some point, you just have to acknowledge that Andrea and Tatiana are both extremely wealthy young people and that they are just play-acting at this whole “bohemian” thing. Anyway, congrats to the happy couple. I hope we get to see some photos or something.

Here’s that Instagram photo of Tatiana’s hen party:

Photos courtesy of WENN, Instagram.

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  1. Marta says:

    it´s something creepy about them.

  2. Applapoom says:

    He would make one drugged out looking king, he looks so dirty..he used to be quite a hottie.

    Prince Albert’s illegitimate children would be eligible for the throne if he married their mothers I think, but fat chance of that happening. So if Andrea did not marry Tatiana then their child would not be eligible either but I guess the child is considered legitimate now.

    • Turtle Dove says:

      He does look drugged out.

      These are budget royals, that’s for sure. Most of them look like they’ve been dipped in grease.

    • mayamae says:

      It makes absolutely no sense that children become suddenly “legitimate” by marrying the mother. I don’t think there should be a stigma, but it seems the eldest child or eldest male should be the heir since they were all born out of wedlock.

      • Mel says:

        “It makes absolutely no sense that children become suddenly “legitimate” by marrying the mother.”

        It makes perfect sense. They are both Catholics (I assume), and according to the canonic law of the Roman Catholic Church any and all children born “illegitimate” are instantly rendered legitimate after the marriage of their parents (to each other, that is) – just as the couple’s relationship is thus retroactively legitimised.

    • Susei says:

      Albert´s oldest (known) son is half-black. Do you think Monaco´s jetset people would accept a black Prince, the son of an air stewardess?

      And it would be a “catastrophe” with all the illegitimate kids becoming heirs. There could be other children… older sons… the line would never be save! Albert´s kids will stay illegitimate.

      The Grimaldis have an agreement with the Vatican. Marry the mother/ father and all is ok. A loophole ;-)

      • aquarius64 says:

        It still stinks. If they are going to legitimize Andrea’s kid, ALL the outside royals need to be, whether the parents are married or not. The marriage does not assure Andrea’s the dad.

      • Mel says:

        “The Grimaldis have an agreement with the Vatican. Marry the mother/ father and all is ok. A loophole.”

        they may or may not have an “agreement” with the Vatican, but there is no loophole in this case.
        It is standard practice in the Roman Catholic Church, and it has been for centuries.

  3. Birdie says:

    And you can see pregnant Charlotte Casiraghi in the picture as well.

  4. shelley says:

    He used to be such a beautiful boy but alas…not so much anymore. His wife is also just not attractive enough to be queen of Monaco. Charlene needs to procreate soon

  5. Ellie66 says:

    They look like druggies and they need a bath.

  6. Jasmine says:

    I really want to know what happened to him. When he was younger he was so good looking it was crazy then he moved to New York and it was like he either got really sick or he was doing major drugs. I’ve heard reports of both

  7. Talie says:

    Monaco is kind of (pretty much) a dictatorship… the royals actually have power, so they can do what they like to a degree.

    I have no clue what Andrea does and I highly doubt Pierre spends his days running a company. I agree though, Andrea and Tatiana look strung out.

    • mayamae says:

      I wonder what the people of Monaco think of Grace’s wild children and grandchildren. I know children out of wedlock is nothing now, but are there any other royals out there doing the same?

      • Spooks says:

        How many people of Monaco actually live in Monaco? Most of them are there because of the low taxes, so I doubt they care.
        And wasn’t Grace also pretty wild in her youth?

      • Susei says:

        only around 2000 people there are real citizens. The rest (30000+/-) jetset and these people aren´t interested in Monacos politics.

      • Talie says:

        Monaco is basically populated by rich “euro-trash” like many consider the Grimaldi’s to be, so they can pretty much do what they like. They don’t have the accountability the British royals do with their press.

  8. Alix says:

    Caroline’s the Princess of Hanover now, not Monaco. She traded up to HRH after her marriage to that awful Ernst.

  9. Jen says:

    How did he turn into this strung out looking mess? Yikes. There went that teenage crush.

  10. jc126 says:

    I have very little use for royal types, but I like the bride posing with a French bulldog in her lap for that pic! And I like how the dog is posing, too, he takes it seriously.

  11. Ally says:

    He’s sort of the same physical type as Robert Pattinson and Prince William: tall, gaunt Northern European.

    They were all beautiful for 5 minutes around age 18, and now they just look craggy.

    Casiraghi’s hair looks to be going, too.

  12. janie says:

    I have to agree.. they need baths. He is very odd looking? His clothes are ill fitting. I guess if your that rich, anything goes.

  13. Sachi says:

    Those are old photos. The wedding pics looked great.

    Tatiana looked gorgeous. She was an “unconventional bride”, wearing flip flops and a Missoni dress to her wedding, very boho chic. Andrea looked handsome, perhaps he’s stopped smoking since Sacha was born.

    Sacha is now included in the succession line to the Monegasque throne.

    As for Tatiana being Princess of Monaco, I doubt she gives a sh*t. She’s an heiress to billions of $$$$, she’s lived a jet-set lifestyle since she was a child. Her friendships in elite circles are already established. She has nothing to prove. I bet being Princess of Monaco is something she doesn’t even consider being.

    • Annikins17 says:

      Is Tatiana pregnant again? Her wedding dress looks pretty loose. And she was thinner in her post-baby pics.

      • Sachi says:

        To be honest, that was my first thought when I saw her in her wedding dress. I thought she looked pregnant.

        But it could be that she’s stopped smoking since Sacha was born. She looks very happy and glowing lately, esp. compared to before when she came across as sullen and grumpy because she’s not like other royal GFs who play and pose for the cameras.

  14. bettyrose says:

    Gawd he’s gorgeous. Who wouldn’t rather have him as the heir?

  15. French Reader says:

    Wait wait WAIT… Gad Elmaleh and Charlotte Casiraghi are together? What in the fucking fuck?!

    • Myrto says:

      You’re late to the party ;-)
      But yeah, they’re together and I still can’t wrap my mind around it. Too weird.

    • Violet says:

      @French Reader

      I know! What a strange couple. Of course, I don’t think it’ll last — if Charlotte takes after her mother and aunt, this will just be a starter marriage, assuming they even make it to the altar.

    • iseepinkelefants says:

      I didn’t know either. What an odd pairing.

  16. Jayna says:

    They both look like heroin users.

  17. Chrissy says:

    He used to be so freaking beautiful then all of a sudden… this. So sad, I hope it isn’t drugs. Pierre may be a bit of a wild child, but he still looks good.

  18. It'sJustBlanche says:

    No one in that family ages well. With all their money they look so bad by their 30s. I’ve seen fifty-something cashiers at the Winn-Dixie who look fresher than most of them.

    • Cazzee says:

      You know, you’re right! They *have* all aged badly. And quickly.

      Man, that’s a lousy trait to have in a family…

    • Violet says:

      You are so right! Especially Stephanie, who looks like old shoe leather.

      Mind you, I don’t think genetics are the reason — it’s more likely due to years of drugs, booze, cigarettes and nonstop sunbathing.

      • Sarah says:

        I wouldn’t blame genetics either. They live “hard” – too much sun, booze, parties, etc. Andreas is just following in the family footsteps.

  19. Andrea says:

    I had a huge crush on him when I was younger and since he has the same name as me, I thought that was kinda cool (I know that sounds odd since I am a girl but still). He does look like a drug user or has simply not aged well. He reminds me of how my first bf looks like now (not as good as when I dated him LOL). I agree with the commenters above its sad. His wife is okay looking, but if he loves her, who are we to judge?

  20. GirlyGirl says:

    Yeech, the Monaco Royal Gene Pool just keeps getting shallower.

    They’ll be producing heirs with flippers and gills soon

  21. Dawn says:

    They are not very attractive people in my opinion. What in the world happened to the Gace Kelly’s genes? She was so pretty and in one of my all time favorite movies Rear Window I might add.

  22. Violet says:

    They both look a bit sickly, but I think the marriage is likely to last; they’ve been together so long that they hopefully know and accept each other’s foibles.

    Personally, I doubt Charlene and Albert are ever going to have children together. My guess is that Albert has accepted this and pushed Andreas to legitimize his son, to ensure the future of the monarchy.

    From all accounts, Albert is very close to his nephew so he’s probably fine with him being his successor. (If he weren’t, he would’ve legitimized one of his own children by marrying one of his baby mamas. That’s still an option if he divorces Charlene, but none of the kids have trained in the role like Andreas, who grew up as a royal, so I doubt Albert would ever do it.)

  23. michele says:

    I thought this girl was prettier maybe these are not good pics? Oh well, congrats to them.

  24. LAK says:

    i find it a constant source of irritation that ignorant foreigners take words from cultures they encounter, think they understand what said words mean and tell the rest of the world that is the translation of the words when it means nothing of the sort.

    In this case the word ‘MUZUNGU’ doesn’t mean traveller. it’s literal meaning is ‘white person’ and latterly ‘Foreigner’. Nothing to do with travelling.

    • Nina W says:

      I thought it meant someone who wanders around aimlessly which pretty much sounds like her entire life.

    • Harriet says:

      ^ Yep! Although I haven’t seen it meaning ‘Foreigner’ yet. In addition to which I might add, what an AWFUL name for a business anyway. Muzungu Sisters… I saw a t-shirt recently that said “Hakuna Some Vodka- It means get wasted” :)

      • LAK says:

        Ugandans tend to use it universally in a context that denotes ‘foreigner’ but also to describe any behaviours that aren’t local to their tribes eg I am just as likely to be called a muzungu or told I have the manners of a muzungu even though I am definitely NOT a muzungu by the literal translation. In that context it means I have become a ‘foreigner’.

      • Harriet says:

        In Kenya, it’s definitely reserved for white people. The origins of the word are quite interesting though!

  25. thinkaboutit says:

    LOL, Lauren Santo Domingo is her sister in law, not her aunt.

    • Carolyn says:

      isn’t her husband in a lot of trouble for a hit/run recently?

      Cosign with all the comments about how bad these people look. Greasy, grimy, drugged out. Just weird.

    • Sachi says:

      Nope. Lauren is Tatiana’s aunt.

      Tatiana’s father was Andres’s (Lauren’s husband) half-brother.

  26. Fue McCormick says:

    I love how this “royal” family makes up the rules as they go along. To me they are just a bunch of white trash with money. Andrea looks like he’s a meth addict. And all the Chica’s have questionable taste in men. All that money … what a f*****ng waste!

  27. Thiajoka says:

    I remember kicking it old school on celeb gossip when I was a teen–hoping my mother would buy Star or The Enquirer so I could flip through them. Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie were regulars in the tabloids, back in the day. And Ari Onassis’ daughter, Christina.

  28. India says:

    He looks like a gay man sucking on a persimmon in the third pic.

  29. Frida_K says:

    So wealthy…so homely…so useless.

    Surely they can afford to take baths and get haircuts?

  30. Maggie Grace says:

    Her dog is a brown and white boston terrier (as opposed to black or brindle and white). I think it’s such a pretty color for bostons, but not allowed by AKC standards. If anyone cares.

  31. aquarius64 says:

    This from Wikipedia:

    ” Monegasque law stipulates that any non-adulterine child is legitimised by the eventual marriage of his/her parents, thereupon obtaining the rights to which that child would have been entitled if born in lawful marriage.”

    So no deals with the Catholic Church.