Princess Caroline of Monaco has taken her biggest fan club to court. She has sued Point de Vue, a fawning French weekly that calls itself “The Magazine for Today’s Princes.” The affair started last September, when Point de Vue published an innocuous 10-page story charting the astrological future of Caroline’s three children. Grimaldi family attorneys swept into action. After an amazing 45 cover stories on Caroline in her 37 years — more than almost anyone else — Point de Vue was sued for invasion of privacy.
Last month, a French court ruled in favor of Caroline, awarding her $5,000 (30,000 francs) in damages, and $17,000 (100,000 francs) for each of her children. The family also won its demand that a retraction be run on the cover — just as the astrology article had.
“Caroline Against Point de Vue,” broadcasts the magazine’s current issue. The cover folds out into four pages featuring the official court judgment, an apology to the Princess, and a reproduction of all 45 covers featuring Caroline. Readers are treated to a sentimental tour of the Princess’s life, from the February 1957 story entitled “The Dearest Star in the World,” to last February’s “Caroline: Instants of Happiness.” The retraction reads, “Because Her Highness sees it that way, it must be that we were wrong. We offer to H.R.H. the Princess Caroline our deepest apologies.”
Reprinting all of the covers alongside the retraction, it appears that Point de Vue is getting one last sting in at the backhanded treatment — but according to the magazine’s editor, that wasn’t his intent.
“We have always treated the Grimaldi family with tremendous deference,” says editor-in-chief Xavier Houssin, espousing a policy that any principality would be proud of: “We always try to treat our subjects with great respect.”