Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (born 3 August 1986) is the second
child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Stefano Casiraghi, an
Italian industrialist. She is ninth in line to the throne of Monaco.
Her maternal grandparents were Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and
American actress Grace Kelly. She is named after her maternal
great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois. She was
christened on 20 September 1986. Her godparents are Albina du
Boisrouvray and Stefano Casiraghi's brother-in-law, Massimo
1 Early life
5 Equestrian career
6 Journalism career
7 Personal life
10 External links
Charlotte and her two brothers, Andrea and Pierre, were born in the
Mediterranean Principality of Monaco, ruled by their maternal
grandfather, Prince Rainier III. When she was four years old, her
father was killed in a boating accident. After his death, Princess
Caroline moved the family to the Midi village of
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France, with the intention of minimising
their exposure to the press.
One of her first acts of public life was to become a delegate from
Monaco the Club des Habits Rouges, which is similar to The Pony
Club in the UK. At the same time, her grandfather Rainier III, Prince
Monaco designated her patron of the Public Safety Division in
In January 1999, Charlotte gained a stepfather and two stepbrothers,
(Prince Ernst of Hanover and Prince Christian of Hanover), when her
mother married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. Six months later,
Casiraghi's half-sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, was born at a
clinic in Voecklabruck, Austria. Casiraghi is godmother to her
sister. The family then moved to the Parisian suburb of
From 2001 through 2004, as a member of Marcel Rozier's Team
Marionnaud, Casiraghi participated in a number of Junior and Amateur
class show jumping competitions. She was trained successively by both
of Rozier's sons, first Philippe and then Thierry Rozier.
From the ages of two to six, Casiraghi attended Les Dames de Saint
Maur, which is part of the Catholic schools of François d'assisi
Nicolas Barré in Monaco. At the age of six, she moved on to the
École de la République (state school system) in
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. From 2000 to 2004 she attended the Lycée
She obtained an "excellent" (in French: très bien, the highest
possible) mark on her baccalaureate exam in July 2004. After passing
her bac, she enrolled in the hypokhâgne and khâgne course at the
Lycée Fénelon, in St-Germain-des-Près, Paris, in the hope of
École normale supérieure
École normale supérieure (Paris). She took the written
entrance exam for ENS in June 2006, but failed to make the list of
candidates eligible to proceed to the oral exam.
In 2007, Casiraghi is believed to have earned a License of Philosophy
(B.A.) from the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne; there isn't
any evidence for this belief, but Casiraghi has never denied it.
Casiraghi certainly completed two internships, firstly with the
publishing house of Robert Laffont in Paris, and then later from
October 2007 with the Sunday magazine supplement of The Independent
newspaper of London.
In 2010, she assumed the role of honorary president of the Jumping
International de Monte-Carlo, a role previously fulfilled by her
mother. Since 1997, by the appointment of her grandfather,
Casiraghi has been patron of the Public Safety Division, Maritime and
Airport Police of Monaco. In 2009, and again in 2011, she joined
her uncle for the presentation of the trophies for the
Prix, a task usually undertaken by her mother. Every year since 2006,
she has attended the Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose) to help raise funds
for the Princess Grace Foundation.
Casiraghi founded Swoon Productions in 2012. In 2015, she joined
the board of directors of FXB France, an organization founded by her
Albina du Boisrouvray in 1989 to combat AIDS and poverty.
In 2015, Casiraghi founded Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco
(literally, "Philosophical Encounters). Her co-founders include her
former teacher in Fontainebleau, the philosopher Robert Maggiori. The
others founders are Joseph Cohen and Raphael Zagury-Orly. Her mother
is among the many honorary members of the group, which is really a
think tank on philosophy. They discuss contemporary issues and new
publications in the field of philosophy. The writings and the life of
Anne Dufourmantelle made a strong impact on Casiraghi, who wrote in
particular about Dufourmantelle's book Défense du Secret in an
article for Libération. Casiraghi and Dufourmantelle, who died in
2017, were friends, sharing, by the admission of Casiraghi herself, a
passion for not only philosophy but for horses.
Casiraghi wrote the preface for a book published in 2017 by the
psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. The two women also published their
letters to each other, reflecting on philosophy.
In March 2018, Casiraghi and Maggiori published their Kindle book,
through Éditions du Seuil. The title is Archipel des Passions
(Archipelago of the Passions). It is a series of dialogues between the
professor and the student about the various passions (i.e. arrogance,
joy, cruelty, love) and their affects. It is also "an essay on the
passion of thought." The book is dedicated to her father and the
passions explored amount to about forty. It "reads like a treatise
of the passions."
In June 2009, Casiraghi, accompanied by her uncle Albert II, Prince of
Monaco, appeared on the French television programme Stade 2 to speak
about her recent enrollment in the Global Champions Tour. It was her
first experience of public speaking and she appeared poised and
Since returning to the show jumping sport in April 2009 (after a
four-year hiatus), she continues to train with Thierry Rozier.
Casiraghi and the bay gelding named GI Joe (owner: Jan Tops),
participated in the 2009
Global Champions Tour in Valencia, Spain,
Monte Carlo, Cannes, Estoril, Rio de Janeiro, and
Casiraghi continued participation in the Global Champions Tour
throughout 2010. For the most part, she rode horses Troy (a chestnut
stallion) and Tintero (a grey gelding). The GCT "Pro-Am Cup"
(Professional-Amateur) relay was her original concept. It is a
staple of the GCT
Monaco event to this day.
Casiraghi is the official equestrian "ambassador" of the Gucci
2015 was really the last year that Casiraghi participated in multiple
phases of the Longines Global Champions Tour. After that year, she
reduced her participation to the
Monaco phase only.
Casiraghi is a published writer and magazine editor. Her credits
include work for AnOther magazine (its issue for January 2008) and the
Sunday supplement to the British
The Independent newspaper in the late
months of 2007. She was the editor-at-large for Above magazine in
2009. With two friends, she left that role in order to focus on the
founding of the ecological/fashion-related Ever Manifesto.
Through her work as the editor-at-large for Above magazine, Casiraghi
befriended Stella McCartney, whom she interviewed for the magazine's
first issue. McCartney enlightened Casiraghi and readers as to the
many ways the fashion industry can harm the ecosystem. Also for
Above, Casiraghi was reported in
Women's Wear Daily
Women's Wear Daily as being
"instrumental in securing an interview with Gomorrah author Roberto
Saviano (which took place in hiding thanks to Saviano’s dissection
of the Mafia)."
On 21 September 2009, Casiraghi announced plans to publish 3,000
copies of Ever Manifesto, a free publication on what she considers the
fashion industry's harmful impact on the global environment and to
promote sustainability in fashion. Casiraghi revealed that her
collaborators with the Loro Piana-funded project are the socialite
Alexia Niedzielski and advertising executive Elizabeth von Guttman.
She also revealed that the environmentally conscious designer Stella
McCartney, as well as her own uncle Prince Albert II, greatly
enlightened and influenced her. Specifically, she said:
“It’s only recently that I’ve questioned the way that I’ve
been consuming. I haven’t been as conscious as I should have
The debut issue of
Ever Manifesto was distributed free at the 10 Corso
Como boutique during
Milan Fashion Week and again at Colette in Paris
during Paris Fashion Week. Casiraghi explained that the magazine
will not have a predetermined publication schedule. "We want to
publish when we have something to say or people to support," she said.
"It will be short and meaningful so that people will read it."
The day after the publication of her La Stampa interview, 22
September, Casiraghi joined her partners, Niedzielski and Guttman, at
the gallery of Michelangelo Pistoletto, in the town of Biella, in the
Italian region of Piedmont. Along with the artist and the Vogue Italia
editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Casiraghi unveiled plans for Ever
Manifesto and the Città dell'arte Fashion: Bio Ethical Sustainable
In October 2009, Casiraghi was a guest at the
Stella McCartney show in
Paris. Sitting on the front row with Dasha Zhukova, Paul
McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, she told
Women's Wear Daily
Women's Wear Daily about Ever
Manifesto. Copies of the magazine's first issue were left on the
seats before the show. "We will announce [succeeding issues] on
the website soon," she said.
Casiraghi contributed to the October 2009 issue of 20, the free
newspaper of Alex Dellal's gallery,
20 Hoxton Square
20 Hoxton Square Projects.
Casiraghi is a private citizen, but occasionally attends official
functions in Monaco, such as a fundraising gala for
AMADE Mondiale and
Nelson Mandela's foundation in September 2007. In 2006, she made
her debut appearance at Monaco's Rose Ball (in French: Bal de la
Rose), which also raises money for the Princess Grace Foundation.
Since childhood, she and her brothers have made regular appearances
with their family on occasions such as the
Monaco National Day and the
Monaco Grand Prix. Princess Caroline has, however, tried to minimize
publicity in spite of increasingly intensive coverage by the mass
media, especially in Europe.
At the age of 16, Casiraghi was named number ten on a list of the
world's most eligible young women. Vanity Fair, selected Casiraghi
as one of the
International Best Dressed List of 2006.
Casiraghi is often photographed at fashion shows, art exhibits,
and equestrian events.
Casiraghi appeared on the cover of
Vogue Paris September 2011.
In December 2011 Casiraghi started dating stand-up comedian and actor
Gad Elmaleh. Their son, Raphaël, was born in December 2013. As
Raphaël's parents were not married, he is not included in the line of
succession to the Monegasque throne. The couple split in June
Her latest boyfriend is Dimitri Rassam, Carole Bouquet's son. In
March 2018, several credible media sources reported her engagement to
Rassam and it was widely noted that she wore a diamond ring at
Monaco's Rose Ball on March 24th.  
Archipel des Passions (H.C. ESSAIS). By
Charlotte Casiraghi and Robert
Maggiori. Published by Éditions du Seuil, 1 March 2008.
Ancestors of Charlotte Casiraghi
4. Giancarlo Casiraghi
2. Stefano Casiraghi
5. Fernanda Palici
1. Charlotte Casiraghi
24. Count Maxence of Polignac
12. Count Pierre of Polignac
25. Susana Mariana de la Torre y Mier
6. Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
26. Louis II, Prince of Monaco
13. Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
27. Marie Juliette Louvet
3. Princess Caroline of Monaco
28. John Henry Kelly
14. John B. Kelly Sr.
29. Mary Anne Costello
7. Grace Kelly
30. Carl Majer
15. Margaret Katherine Majer
31. Margaretha Berg
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