HSH Prince Albert finally admitted having sired a son with an Air France flight attendant. Rather than endure endless rumors, innuendo and legal machinations, he adhered to a basic PR principle by coming clean. Of course, this decision wasn’t easy — even in light of his sisters’ many headline-making dalliances over the years. I just wonder why it took nearly two months following the photo-filled cover story in Paris Match. Does this mean that Hachette Filipacchi, owner of Paris Match, will recoup the money it paid out to HSH in legal damages?

Some years ago, I met and worked with Prince Albert. I found him to be genuine and grounded. I suspect that this has been painful for him, but also know that he will not regret this decision, though he still has to deal with the sticky succession situation.