It’s a sad start to 2019 for CHAR­LOTTE CASIRAGHI as she splits from DIM­ITRI RAS­SAM

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Monaco’s Char­lotte Casiraghi has called off her en­gage­ment to her film pro­ducer fi­ancé Dim­itri Ras­sam.

Although the pair had post­poned their much-an­tic­i­pated wed­ding, orig­i­nally set for last June, there were no signs that the re­la­tion­ship was in trou­ble.

But now, af­ter two glo­be­trot­ting years of ro­mance played out from St Tropez to Los An­ge­les, the pair have stunned celebrity watch­ers by go­ing their sep­a­rate ways.

Char­lotte, 32 – the be­guil­ing grand­daugh­ter of Monaco’s Princess Grace and daugh­ter of Princess Caro­line – and Dim­itri, 37, had seemed to be per­fectly cast as a cou­ple. They share a love of cinema and lit­er­a­ture, and both stud­ied at the pres­ti­gious Sor­bonne in Paris. On top of that, their moth­ers are friends and, trag­i­cally, both ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of their fa­ther when they were young. Yet sources close to the pair have now re­vealed that “per­son­al­ity in­com­pat­i­bil­ity” even­tu­ally led to a “rift”.

In March last year, how­ever, the chem­istry had seemed very dif­fer­ent. At the César Film Awards, France’s ele­gant an­swer to the razzmatazz of the Os­cars, the glam­orous red­car­pet ar­rivals in­cluded Pené­lope Cruz, Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Is­abelle Hup­pert and Juli­ette Binoche, but it was the ap­pear­ance of Char­lotte, hand in hand with Dim­itri, that got the lion’s share of the head­lines.

Dim­itri, the 37-year-old son of French ac­tress and Bond girl Ca­role Bou­quet, was in high spir­its and had plenty to cel­e­brate.

Camélia Jor­dana, star of his hit com­edy film Le Brio, won the Most Promis­ing Ac­tress award and, con­firm­ing his win­ning streak, his pro­posal to his real-life lead­ing lady – whom he had been dat­ing for just a year – had been ac­cepted.

HELLO! first re­vealed the blos­som­ing ro­mance in March 2017, af­ter the loved-up pair were spot­ted strolling the streets of Paris and en­joy­ing a week­end get­away in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Bar­bizon, south of the cap­i­tal near the mag­i­cal Fon­tainebleau For­est.

A whirl­wind year of pub­lic ap­pear­ances en­sued, rounded off in style just three weeks af­ter the César gala, when the cou­ple made a spec­tac­u­lar en­trance at Monaco’s high­so­ci­ety Rose Ball. Char­lotte was ex­quis­ite in a black Saint Lau­rent gown with a lav­ish snowy-feath­ered neck – and glit­ter­ing on her left hand was a sparkling di­a­mond soli­taire en­gage­ment ring.

READY FOR A NEW CHAP­TER

Char­lotte is no stranger to love. In­deed, the philo­soph­i­cally minded royal co-au­thored a thought-pro­vok­ing med­i­ta­tion on the sub­ject, ti­tled Ar­chi­pel­ago of Pas­sions. Ded­i­cated to her late fa­ther Ste­fano, who died in a speed­boat ac­ci­dent when she was just four, the book opens with a lament for “poor por­cu­pines” who hud­dle to­gether in search of warmth and com­fort – only to hurt each other. Char­lotte seemed to be writ­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing nav­i­gated some tur­bu­lent wa­ters on her own ro­man­tic odyssey.

Past beaus in­clude Aus­trian no­ble Hu­ber­tus Her­ring-Frankens­dorf and, while she was at the Sor­bonne, Felix Winck­ler. She was with British ty­coon Alex Del­lal, brother of model Al­ice, for five years, then in 2011 met French-Mo­roc­can co­me­dian and ac­tor Gad El­maleh, 15 years her se­nior. Their child, Raphaël, was born in De­cem­ber 2013.

Less than 18 months later, the pair had sep­a­rated – though they re­main friends – and Char­lotte sought so­lace in the arms of Ital­ian film di­rec­tor Lam­berto San­fe­lice. Their dolce vita in Rome lasted just a year be­fore they split up in Septem­ber 2016.

Six months later, Char­lotte and Dim­itri were an item, but by late sum­mer last year, cracks in their re­la­tion­ship were be­gin­ning to show de­spite them wel­com­ing baby Balt­hazar. In Septem­ber the pair had a very pub­lic spat wit­nessed by many Riviera hol­i­day­mak­ers in a Monte Carlo park.

This year be­gins, then, with the beau­ti­ful royal sin­gle once again – and per­haps hop­ing to start a new, hap­pier chap­ter in her ro­man­tic life.

‘She and Dim­itri both have strong char­ac­ters and have re­alised the re­la­tion­ship isn’t work­ing’

Char­lotte and Dim­itri al­ways looked pic­tureper­fect on the red car­pet with her sport­ing a sparkling ring at the Rose Ball (inset)

The Mone­gasque royal is likely to turn to her mother, Princess Caro­line, at this dif­fi­cult time

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