The daughter of Prince Albert of Monaco, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, who was hospitalized over the weekend with worsening Covid-19 symptoms, has spoken out after being discharged.
The 28-year-old, who lives in California, first announced she had contracted the virus in early July, saying her symptoms included ‘debilitating’ migraines and a fever that lasted for three or four days.
But last Friday after her symptoms worsened, she was admitted to hospital spending five days there before being released to continue her recovery at home.
‘Doctors are still learning and confessed they have seen other cases similar to mine. I am beyond frustrated and just want my body to find peace and comfort,’ Grimaldi said in a lengthy Instagram post.
‘The pain is so uncomfortable and debilitating and there is not much to do but to rest, and ice packs for some relief. I am sharing my story so that all of you can be aware and maybe share in similar symptoms.
‘The COVID virus is so strong and mysterious,’ she added. ‘I know we are all over talking about COVID, hearing about COVID, and living in fear or disbelief of this virus.
‘Believe me, I am more than ready to be done myself but unfortunately, I have no choice. Listen to your body!’
In a video posted on Friday, Grimaldi told her followers that she had experienced a new range of symptoms, including ‘a chickenpox-like rash…uncomfortable body aches with longer severe pain by my lungs/rib cage, flashes of fever, and debilitating migraines.’
She added that a series of tests of Friday found she had low white blood cell and lymphocyte counts, as well as other indicators that the virus was active, leading to the decision to hospitalize her.
‘Those of you may know I have been struggling with my health due to COVID. My immunity may be knocked down for a little while longer but my spirit is high, I’m a strong woman, I’m a survivor,’ her post said.
‘I am happy to admit I’m out of the hospital and now I am home on this winding road to recovery. However, I was admitted to the hospital over the weekend because my symptoms continued to worsen since I last checked in on Friday.’
She went on to say that doctors were unsure whether her condition is becuase of the earlier strain detected, or whether she had contracted a new one, adding that she had been ‘put on antibiotics for possible COVID-related pneumonia’ after a small nodule was found on her right lung – which could be damage from the virus.
Grimaldi, who is Prince Albert’s daughter from his short relationship with American Tamara Jean Rotolo, posted the update on her health along with a message celebrating 100 years since the 19th amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote in the U.S.
‘I am proud to be a woman. I am never going to throw away my right to vote or disrespect my female ancestors who took a stand,’ she wrote.
‘Today we celebrate 100 years since the 19th amendment was passed so that women could vote! I am happy to announce I sent in my absentee ballot today, GO VOTE!’
Four weeks ago, Grimaldi posted a message on her Instagram saying that she was ‘so thankful that I am starting to finally feel like myself today after almost three weeks since I first felt Covid symptoms,’ saying that the symptoms were coming-and-going.
‘I do in fact have Covid symptoms that continue to linger and pop up on and off again,’ she wrote.
While Jazmin is the daughter of Prince Albert of Monacco, she is not in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne due to being born our of wedlock. Her mother, Tamara Jean Rotolo, was waitress at the time she met Prince Albert.
She grew up in Palm Desert, California, and when she was younger her mother would reportedly show her pictures of her paternal grandmother – Grace Kelly – an American film actress and Princess of Monaco, and Albert’s mother.
‘One of my first and fondest memories involving my grandmother was watching’ she told Harpers Bazar in 2015, speaking of the 1956 musical, in which Kelly starred alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
‘It was the first time I realized we had a connection. I’m passionate about acting, singing, and dancing,’ adds Jazmin. ‘I saw that in her in this movie. It was a real goose-bumps moment for me.’
While she is not in line to the throne, her father has said that his children will be taken care of financially, and stand to inherit part of his personal fortune through be more than $1 billion.
Despite her mother being open about her lineage, she did not connect with her father until she was 11 – visiting Monaco for the first time, saying she has enjoyed a great relationship with him ever since, and says she has developed a bond with Albert and his wife – Princess Charlotte.
Jazmin is also perusing both an acting and musical career in California. Her first on-screen performance was a role as a cashier in the TV series ‘Jay & Pluto’ in 2016, and in December 2019, she released her first single titled ‘Fearless’.
In early March, her father Prince Albert, who first publicly acknowledged Jazmin’s paternity in 2006 after the media pieced together Jazmin’s story, became the first head of state to test positive for COVID-19.
The 62-year-old sovereign told PEOPLE at the time that he experienced mild flu-like symptoms.
‘I’ve a slight fever, not really that bad. A little bit of a cough. I’d a runny nose the first few days, that was the first sign. I’ve felt a little stuffed up but that’s it,’ he said. After he spent several weeks self-isolating in the palace, the royal returned to his family.
According to Article 10 of Monaco’s constitution, out-of-wedlock children are not in the line of succession to the principality’s throne. It specifies that only ‘direct descendants’ of Monaco’s monarch or siblings may inherit it.
Extramarital children are common among the ruling family of Monaco, with ever Grimaldi generation for 100 years acknowledging a child that did not have legitimacy of birth.
Some of those children have gained succession right through legitimization or adoption – including Princess Charlotte – but Jazmin could not have been legitimized because her mother’s divorce proceedings were not finalized by the time of her birth – and therefore even the subsequent marriage of her biological parents would not have been enough.
Furthermore, in 2002 Albert’s father Prince Rainer III (and Grace Kelly’s husband) made obtaining succession rights through adoption impossible with a modification to the constitution.