More than 20 years after Prince Albert II of Monaco's illegitimate daughter, Jazmin Grimaldi, was born, the young woman is stepping into the spotlight for the first time to share her story.
In the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, the monarch's eldest child — and the late Grace Kelly's granddaughter — opened up about her budding acting career, being a part of Monaco's royal family and her tumultuous relationship with her famous father.
Jazmin in NYC on July 13, 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I was 14, getting ready to go to high school, when it hit the media that my father had a daughter, and it was me," Jazmin, 23, said of growing up without her dad, who didn't recognize her as his child until June 2006. "I wanted that moment to connect with my father, to get to know him, and to have him get to know me.
"Not having had that figure around, I missed that. It's wonderful that it happened when it did, and we've been enjoying a great relationship ever since," she said of reconciling with Albert, 57, as a teenager.
Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and their twins in January 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Prince Albert — who recently welcomed twins with his 37-year-old wife Princess Charlene — first met Jazmin's mother, Tamara Rotolo, in 1991, but reportedly cut all ties with her when she later became pregnant. The royal is also a dad to an 11-year-old son, Alexandre Coste, from a previous six-year relationship with former Air France flight attendant Nicole Coste.
Though Jazmin — who grew up in California and now resides in NYC — never met her paternal grandmother, she assured she feels a strong connection to the late actress and is planning on following in Grace's Hollywood footsteps.
Grace with costar Frank Sinatra in High Society. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"When I was little, my mom would show me photographs of her, but I didn't understand that she was this huge icon," she said.
"One of my first and fondest memories involving my grandmother was watching High Society," she said of Grace's starring role in the 1956 musical. "It was the first time I realized we had a connection. I'm passionate about acting, singing, and dancing."