Friday, September 14, 2012


It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since Princess Grace's untimely death after an auto accident in Monaco. A car in which she and Princess Stephanie were riding careened off a twisting mountainside road and landed upside down next to a farmer's vegetable patch on September 13, 1982.

Like so many high-profile deaths, Grace's has it share of mysterious aspects. A driver in a truck behind Grace's Rover 3500 noticed the car swerving, and honked his horn. The swerving stopped, as though someone had been dozing off and was brought alert by the blast of the horn. But then the driver watched in horror as the car went straight off the cliff, with no attempt to steer clear of the edge, or even to brake.

What happened inside that car? Stephanie has never, in three decades, given a full account. All she told her father was that "Mommy panicked--she lost control." That explanation raised more questions than it answered. Grace had clearly regained control of the car when it stopped swerving, but then did nothing to stop it going off the cliff.

Some even suggested that Grace's problems in her marriage and with her children had led her to commit suicide by auto. I found this highly unlikely. Others thought Stephanie may have been driving, a theory bolstered by the fact that she crawled out of the car from the driver's side.

One of my main goals as I wrote "Grace" was the find out the truth.

I went to Paris, and became the only journalist allowed by the French police to review the official reports on Grace's death and interview the police captain who conducted the investigation for the local gendarmerie. The reports answered many questions, and led me to a conclusion as to what truly happened.

All this and the rest of Grace's fascinating life is included in the new eBook version of my book "Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess," now available on Amazon Kindle for just $9.99.

 I hope you'll give it a read!

Thanks to all!

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