Charlotte Casiraghi: The tragic death of her father, the drama of her life

This Wednesday, August 3 marks the 36th birthday of Charlotte Casiraghi. A birthday that she will unfortunately not celebrate with her father Stefano, who died in October 1990 in a terrible motorboat accident. A trauma that has upset the childhood of the daughter of Caroline of Monaco, which remains marked by this loss.

Charlotte Casiraghi celebrates her 36th birthday this Wednesday, August 3. An important day for the niece of Prince Albert, which she surely spends with her family, surrounded by her children Raphael, born in 2013 from her relationship with Gad Elmaleh, and Balthazar, born in 2018 from her union with Dimitri Rassam. However, an important figure in his life will be missing: it is his father, Stefano Casiraghi, who died suddenly at the age of 30 on October 3, 1990, in a boating accident off Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. That day, the Italian entrepreneur’s boat had indeed hit a wave breaking at more than 150 km/h, before turning over and sinking. The rescuers tried to revive him, in vain. The daughter of Caroline of Monaco was only 4 years old at the time of this tragedy, which has profoundly changed her life, as she herself has confided to various media.

Last June, the young woman had confided to the Observateur de Monaco to have suffered a lot from this loss. “My personal experience has been made of sad events, like the early death of my father, but these are things that happen to everyone, no matter where they come from,” she had explained, trying to relativize this trauma. “The anxiety and existential anguish are part of everyone’s life,” she insisted, determined to make it clear that the status her family enjoys does not protect her from the dramas that can affect an ordinary citizen.

ASLAN / BESTIMAGECaroline of Monaco with Stefano Casiraghi and their children Andrea and Charlotte during the Monegasque national day in 1986.


Following this drama, Caroline of Monaco and her children Andrea Casiraghi, Charlotte Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi had left the Rock to get away from the paparazzi, in France, in a sheepfold in the village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This departure had contributed to amplify the feeling of loneliness that the daughter of Stefano Casiraghi already felt since the death of her father. “The loneliness, I felt it quite early, as a teenager, and that’s what pushed me towards introspection, especially since I had a temperament that inclined me to analysis”, she had revealed to our sources.

Charlotte Casiraghi overcame her grief through literature

Charlotte Casiraghi managed to regain a taste for life through her reading and philosophical discoveries. The company of philosophers gave me the impression that I was not alone,” she said in the columns of the principality’s magazine. I believe that this is due more to my personal sensitivity than to the fact that I come from a rather particular family”. In an interview given to Les Inrockuptibles on April 27, she confirmed that this tragedy had given birth to her passion for literature: “It is probably the feeling of loss that pushed me towards literature, because for any child who loses a parent at a very young age, at a time when the memory is not yet anchored, it remains a great ordeal that should not be trivialized,” she said.

During her childhood, the daughter of Caroline of Monaco and Stefano Casiraghi communicated with her family by means of a small notebook in which she wrote what she felt. “I was crossed by very violent emotions… How to deal with the disappearance of the other? It’s a long way to reappropriate the loss. Words were a possible link. I asked myself all these existential questions: why me, why I am in this body, why I exist? And to conclude, “When you are confronted with sudden death during childhood, nothing can be taken for granted anymore.”




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