Princess Stéphanie of Monaco has confirmed the engagement of her son, Louis Ducruet, to his long-time girlfriend, Marie Chevallier. Princess Stéphanie made the announcement via the Princely Palace and said she was “pleased” with the engagement. The newly engaged couple are currently travelling through Vietnam.
Louis Ducruet is the 25-year-old son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and her first husband, Daniel Ducruet. He was born on 26 November 1992 and was legitimised by his parents’ subsequent marriage on 1 July 1995 and was then included in the Monégasque line of succession. He is currently 12th in line to the Monégasque throne. His parents divorced on 4 October 1996. He has a younger sister named Pauline and a maternal younger half-sister, Camille Gottlieb. He also has a paternal half-brother named Michaël Ducruet. Louis has been living in Monaco since 2002.
In 2015, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Western Carolina University, and as of March 2016, Louis and his father, Daniel Ducruet, are co-managers of the Monaco-based company MONADECO. He probably met Marie at Western Carolina University, where she studied marketing. The couple live in Monaco, where Marie works for the Hotel Hermitage.
Under the current constitution of Monaco, the crown according to male-preference cognatic primogeniture. The only eligible people should be descended from the reigning monarch, their siblings and their descendants, their parents should have been married at some point with the approval of the reigning monarch, and they should be citizens of Monaco. Children who were born of adultery are excluded, and succession rights are forfeited if they marry without the reigning monarch’s consent.
The current line of succession consists of 13 people and starts with Prince Albert’s children, Jacques and Gabriella. They are followed by Princess Caroline, her eldest son and his two children, her second eldest son and his son, followed by her daughter. The 11th in the line of succession is Princess Stéphanie followed by Louis and Pauline but not Camille as her parents have never married.