Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her daughter Pauline Ducruet are two peas in a pod, this according to the 22-year-old royal. Pauline made the revelation in a new interview with the French newspaper Point de Vue.
It appears that Pauline is set to follow in her mother’s footsteps by launching a career in fashion. Stephanie worked as an intern at Christian Dior and made her debut as a model in HELLO!’s sister publication Hola!. And like her mother, who launched her own swimwear line, Pauline hopes to become a successful designer.
The 22-year-old currently studies fashion design at Parsons Design School in New York City. Pauline credits her parents — Stephanie and Daniel Ducruet — who split in 1996, for making her the person she is today. “My father and my mother have both made me the young woman I am,” she said. “Mother has had a lot of influence over my view of things. We’re similar.”
Pauline admitted that Princess Stephanie has always been supportive of her and growing up allowed her to express herself. "My parents never said to me, ‘You have to do this, or dress like that,’" Prince Albert’s niece said. "They always let me do things in accordance with my personality. I’ve always been a little rock ‘n roll."
As with the budding designer, who talks fondly of her mom, Pauline revealed that Princess Stephanie has shared many memories of her own late mother, Princess Grace, whom the Parsons student never met. “When she recalls her memory, it is not as an actress or icon, but as a mom,” she said. “She talks about her mother as the person who has instilled essential values, respect for others and tolerance, which she transmitted to us in return.”
While Pauline grew up in a family many admire, she confessed in the interview that she always wanted to leave home one day. “As a child, I’d already said to Maman, ‘At 18, I’m leaving,'” she said. “As far back as my memories go, I wanted to see the world, meet others, live my life. I grew up surrounded by much love but I felt sometimes like I was in a bubble.”
"Moving away allowed me to understand that Monaco is and will remain my home, the port to which I’m tied," the New York resident noted. "The country where I was born is my nest, my house, my cocoon, the place where I come to recharge."
And though she is in constant contact with her family and visits them in Monaco, Pauline has settled nicely into life in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. “I have a neighborhood routine, my little habits, places I like, my restaurants, my boutiques, I do sports and some boxing as well in a little club close to my place,” she said. "There are museums everywhere, always new exhibitions and new places to discover. The energy of that city is incredible, you feel free and alive."
Pauline added, "And for the moment, in any case, I can’t imagine being anywhere else."