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