Monaco's royal family has welcomed its newest member: a baby boy born to the daughter of Princess Caroline.
The palace announced Wednesday that Charlotte Casiraghi gave birth to Raphael a day earlier.
Baby Raphael is Charlotte’s first son, and the second of her Franco-Moroccan partner Gad Elmaleh.
A famous actor and comedian of Moroccan Jewish origin, Elmaleh has a 12-year-old son, Noe, with French actress Anne Brochet, according to AFP. His stand-up shows feature many references to his Jewish family, including their habit of splurging on bar mitzvahs and triggering guilt in sons and daughters for not visiting or calling often enough.
Charlotte, who is not herself a princess, is the second child of Caroline and the late
Italian businessman Stephano Casiraghi. A keen horse-rider, her glamorous looks and sense of style have earned her a role as one of Gucci's riding collection models, AFP reported, “And despite a relatively discreet private life - by the turbulent standards of the Monaco royals - she is a regular fixture in glossy magazines across Europe.”
Members of Monaco's royal family are followed like celebrities in France. The wedding two years ago between ruling Prince Albert and South African Charlene Wittstock had the same red carpet glamor of Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton. But the palace has kept the birth announcement low key.
Charlotte’s mother, Caroline, is Albert's older sister, daughter of the late Prince Rainier and the late American actress Grace Kelly.