Princess Stephanie of Monaco Engaged to French Property Magnate
PARIS (AP) _ Princess Stephanie of Monaco and French property magnate Jean-Yves Le Fur announced their engagement Saturday night to friends and relatives at a private party in a Paris restaurant, the restaurant owner said.
Among the 50 or so guests were Stephanie’s older siblings, Princess Caroline and Prince Albert. Albert is heir to the principality’s throne.
After Le Fur gave Stephanie the engagement ring, they toasted their coming nuptials with champagne, said Bernard Marck, owner of the chic Le Telegraph restaurant.
The palace issued no official statement on the engagement. But after persistent demands by journalists, press officials at the palace confirmed a report about the engagement published Saturday in the French newspaper Nice Matin.
Sources close to the palace had said the engagement would be made known to family and friends at the party, and an official announcement would be made in the principality next week.
About two dozen police officers manned the streets around Le Telegraph as a parade of cars let off the partygoers.
Le Fur and Stephanie entered the restaurant without speaking to reporters. Monaco’s ruler, Prince Rainier III, had been expected to attend but was not seen by photographers.
Stephanie, 25, has appeared in public several times this year with Le Fur, 26. They have been seen together at the Festival of Magic in Monte Carlo and at boxing and soccer matches.
The youngest of three children born to Rainier and film star Grace Kelly, Stephanie has cut a hit record, made a movie and marketed a perfume named after her.
Le Fur operates a real estate firm in Paris.
The princess was injured in the car accident that claimed the life of her mother in 1982. Rumors in the celebrity press placed Stephanie behind the wheel, but the palace maintains Princess Grace was driving.