Among the ladies who pioneered Hollywood we all know today, Grace Kelly comes to mind. The American actress came into the limelight in the mid-nineties and starred in a couple of reputable flicks like “High Noon,” “Rear Window,” “Dial M for Murder,” and “To Catch a Thief.”
Alongside her excellent acting skills – her beauty and elegance endeared her to male and female fans alike. Kelly had a rating as a top damsel of her time, and everyone was waiting to see the beau that would snatch her heart.
Back then, it was safe to assume someone of Kelly’s status would end up in the arms of a young prince charming and not any ordinary man. Things turned out as expected as the actress left the allures of acting to marry into the royal family of Monaco.
However, unlike other marriages, a royal marriage almost means several potential candidates are involved, and only the best will be chosen. While no one may know this, but Kelly almost lost her crown to another popular actress. Keep scrolling to find out more details.
Kelly Almost Lost Out To Marilyn Monroe
Although Kelly and Rainer (The then Prince of Monaco) seemed to be a match made in heaven, things could have followed a different part, and the prince might have ended up in the arms of another.
At that time, the Principality of Monaco was in a financial jam, and the royal family was in danger of losing their revered status.
Life in Monaco had upended due to world war two, and tourism seemed to be the savior that could boost their financial reserves.
The prince’s advisors suggested he marry a Hollywood star to bring the needed attention to the country. Actress Marilyn Monroe was one of the names that came up, but the suggestion got jettisoned.
As per a documentary about the royals, Monroe exuded too much sexuality, and choosing her might have defeated the entire purpose they were trying to achieve.
How The Couple Met
When Kelly attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, her reason was to showcase her new movie, “The Country Girl.” However, she got more than what she might have bargained for as cupid shot at her.
While the festival was ongoing, the actress had a chance encounter with the prince, all thanks to her colleague Actor Olivia de Havilland. Kelly was seated at the same dining table as de Havilland and her husband Pierre Galente having her dinner.
Galente, who had some connection to the prince, caught up with Kelly before she left for the night and asked to introduce her to him.
As per Country Living, Gallente recalled the event as an auspicious moment.
“I’m tempted to think it was destiny,” he said. “I overtook her to ask if she would agree to a meeting with Prince Rainier. Grace struck me on the first encounter as a rather reserved, self-possessed, well brought up young woman.”
Kelly and Rainer made such a huge impression on each other that it quickly blossomed into a love that led to marriage.
Kelly Paid A Huge Dowry Sum
For Kelly, marrying into the royal family was no mean feat. Many ladies had already caught the eye of her future beau Prince Rainier of Monaco, before the actress stepped into the picture.
As fate had it, the prince only had eyes for Kelly and dropped all his other love interests to win her heart. Their whirlwind romance finally led to tying the knot, but things went a little topsy-turvy before the lovebirds got hitched.
Shockingly, the Academy Award winner was required to part with a large dowry before the royal family could grant their blessing. Past reports had it that the royal family requested from Kelly’s father two million dollars.
Although this was the usual protocol at that time – Kelly’s father was not comfortable paying such a high cost to give his daughter’s hand away. In the end, Kelly ended up fronting half of the sum herself.
Kelly Took A Fertility Test
In addition to paying the hefty fee, Kelly faced another bizarre protocol before she became the princess consort of Monaco. According to the Chicago Tribune, the second hurdle required that the actress undergo a fertility test.
Once again, Kelly’s family was unwilling to agree to this added rule, but Kelly did not mind as she was in love. At that time, making such a request was not strange as it was paramount that the next in line to the throne could produce an heir to forestall his lineage from dying off.
The fertility test checked out, and the wedding preparations entered full swing. The pair got married in a lavish ceremony in 1956 that had several esteemed personalities in attendance.
Despite the process of getting married seeming difficult, their life after was spent in marital bliss.