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Princess Caroline Says She Was Closer to Her Nanny Than Her Mother Grace Kelly

The Princess is opening up about her royal childhood in a new book.
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As the eldest daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, Princess Caroline of Monaco has lived a charmed life in the spotlight. And now, the Princess is getting candid about her royal childhood for a new book.

Caroline and her brother, Prince Albert, opened up about their upbringing in Albert II of Monaco, The Man and The Prince, a new book by Isabelle Rivère and Peter Mikelbank. As the royals revealed intimate details on their early lives, they touched on a particularly meaningful figure: their nanny, Maureen Wood. "For my brother and I, Maureen was a key figure in our life," Caroline revealed, according to People."When we were little, we were probably closer to our nanny than to our parents." 

The children were so attached to Wood that when she left for her annual vacation during the summer, Albert and Caroline would beg her not to go. "We were sad for days," Caroline said. “Most often than not, our mother would end up calling her to ask her to come home earlier than planned.”

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The book also shares a sweet anecdote about Albert, Caroline, and Wood, who was also interviewed. One evening when Prince Rainier and Kelly were out of town attending a royal wedding, Wood let the kids throw their own "gala dinner" at the Palace. "The Chef cooked a special menu, Caroline wore one of her mother’s gowns, Albert wore a uniform, and I wore a gown too," Wood said. "Then we put on music, and we danced.”

Despite these reports of a rocky childhood, all three of Kelly's children have carried on her legacy of humanitarian work though the Princess Grace Foundation. And now, Albert, Caroline, and Stephanie each have families of their own. Albert and his wife Charlene have twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, who were born in December 2014. The twins frequently make adorable appearances on their mom's Instagram:

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Princess Caroline has four children, Andrea, Charlotte, and Pierre Casiraghi, and Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Both Charlotte and Pierre recently shared happy news for the family: Charlotte is engaged to film producer Dimitri Rassam, and Pierre is expecting his second child with wife Beatrice Borromeo. Rainier and Kelly's youngest child, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, has three children: Louis, who recently announced his engagement, Pauline, and Camille.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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