Andrea Casiraghi, eldest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is slated to marry Latino heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo on August 31. No surprise, since the couple announced their engagement a year ago when they became parents of their first child, a baby boy named Sacha.
Who is Tatiana Santo Domingo?
Tatiana Santo Domingo is heiress and granddaughter of Colombian industrial billionaire Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Sr. — whose fortune is estimated at more than $6 billion — and daughter of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. and Brazilian socialite Vera Rechulski. The cosmopolitan young lady was born in New York and studied at the most exclusive schools in Geneva, London and Paris.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual communications, and consequently held positions at the AEFFE fashion house in New York and Vanity Fair magazine. A few years ago, she created her own business, an online retail website, called Muzungu Sisters. She and her partner, Dana Alikhani, sell exclusive clothes and home goods handcrafted by artisans from around the world.
The discreet and supportive designer — who almost never talks to the press except to promote her business and emphasize the importance of fair labor practices, which her company always implements — also supports several NGOs, including the Small Steps Foundation Projects which brings help to children living in slums all around the world.
Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo: Eight years of love
The couple met through Andrea’s sister, Charlotte, since both girls were studying at the same exclusive school in Paris. Over the last eight years, the couple has become inseparable, and every summer they are photographed sailing on the yacht, Pacha III, through the more exclusive ports of the Mediterranean, often in the company of friends like the European heiress Eugenie Niarchos, Coco Brandolini and Margherita Missoni. Andrea’s siblings Charlotte and Pierre are often around them as well.
Pierre’s partner is the beautiful Beatrice Borromeo, heiress to one of the most aristocratic families in Italy and a sharp political journalist who does not hesitate to openly criticize the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
But there’s no doubt the most beautiful face of this glamorous bunch is Andrea and Pierre’s sister, Charlotte. At 27 years old, and although there has been no official confirmation, she shows signs of pregnancy while sailing with her boyfriend, the Moroccan-born actor Gad Elmaleh, who is 42 years old and already father to a son by another woman. Charlotte, one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, princesses in the world, resembles her maternal grandmother, the stunning Hollywood star Grace Kelly, while channeling the innate style of her father, Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian businessman who died at age 30 in a tragic accident during a championship Sport in the Principality.
Monaco’s Royal Family: sex, scandals and secret children
Once his parents become husband and wife, Sacha will be included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne after Andrea, who is second heir to the crown. For now, his uncle Prince Albert remains without legitimate offspring. In 2005 and 2006, Albert acknowledged that he has two bastard children. A huge surprise, as it was always rumored that the heir was gay.
In 2012, Prince Albert married South African ex-swimmer Charlene Wittstock, although rumors say the couple lives separate lives, and she may have tried to flee Monaco before the wedding day due to the alleged infidelity of the Prince. Although Charlene has denied the rumors in several interviews, insisting that she’s a happy wife, her sad and absent air during official events inevitably brings to mind the attitude of the late Lady Di. Weeks ago, she was spotted looking very happy sailing on a yacht with a 79-year-old, rich, American businessman. Was it a desperate attempt to make Albert feel jealous and pay her some attention? Perhaps.
The Principality of Monaco has always been the scene of lots of high-profile scandals. Divorces, love affairs and illegitimate children are abound in its history and in the biographies of siblings Albert, Caroline and Stephanie.
Hopefully, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo’s wedding will bring back — if only for a single day — some glamour and turn the tiny Mediterranean principality into the idyllic setting of fairy tales that Princess Grace dreamed of long ago.