European court rules on Monaco prince's son

AP News
Posted: Jun 12, 2014 9:42 AM

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Paris Match magazine in a case involving Prince Albert of Monaco's secret son.

The prince tried unsuccessfully to block publication of a 2005 article in which a woman says that Albert fathered her son. Albert sued the French magazine's publisher for invasion of privacy, and French courts ruled in his favor.

The European court, based in Strasbourg, France, said those rulings violated freedom of expression. It ruled Thursday that the case was about interests of the woman, the child, and the public — not just the monarch's privacy.

The Monaco palace declined comment.

Albert has since publicly acknowledged having two children. Albert has no heir, but those children cannot take the throne because they were born out of wedlock.