As a controversial movie inspired by her life hits screens, Grace Kelly’s children speak out

Grace Kelly never made a movie again after leaving show business in 1956 to marry the love of her life, Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

But her story returns to silver screens this month as the film, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the actress-turns-princess, opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

And it’s attracted some controversy. Grace’s devoted children Prince Albert and princesses Caroline and Stephanie have spoken out once against the movie, which the palace has called a “farce” and “totally fictional.”

“The Prince’s Palace would like to reiterate that this feature cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic,” read a statement issued from the palace.

“It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the principality’s history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references.”

Grace of Monaco is set in the early 1960s, six years after the couple were married in Monaco. Both Nicole and director Olivier Dahan have defended their version, which focuses on a six-month period in the life of Grace, who was killed in a car crash in 1982, at the age of 52.

“I am not a journalist or historian,” Olivier has said. “I am an artist. I have not made a biopic. I have done, in any subjectivity, a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career.”

Adds Nicole, “Grace was magnificent in her taste and style and the way she put herself together, and we want to do that justice.”

For more of our royal report and to read Nicole Kidman’s thoughts on Grace of Monaco, pick up the newest issue of Hello! Canada, on newsstands Thursday.

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