Ready, set, go! Prince Albert of Monaco’s daughter Jazmin Grimaldi and niece Pauline Ducruet have officially hit the open road for the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc. The cousins were in Nice, France to kick off the nine-day race on Mar. 17, where Jazmin, 26, and Pauline, 23, donned pink vests decorated with sponsorship patches for an official photocall. Pauline’s mother and Prince Albert’s sister, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, was on hand to celebrate the two royals. Before driving off, Jazmin took to her Instagram to share a shot of herself behind the wheel.
Princess Charlene's stepdaughter captioned the post: “En Route ✈️. Morocco here we come #team504@rallyeaichadesgazelles !!!!! #vivarallyeaichadesgazelles#gazelles2018 #monaco#nicetomorocco #japlin #vroomvroom I will be without technology for the rallye. NO technology or gps devices allowed!!!!! Just a map, compass, electric car, copilot and an open road!!! Wish us luck, merci! #citroenemehari#itselectric #offhemap #desert#onceinalifetimeexperience.” In the photos, Jazmin flashed a bright smile as she rode off with her co-pilot, actress Kiera Chaplin.
Pauline also shared a photo featuring her co-pilot Schanel Bakkouche, which she captioned: "GREAT DEPARTURE !! ❤️ follow our adventures on @scha_po_gazelles for the insides of our @rallyeaichadesgazelles race direction MOROCCO @schanelb @rallyeaichadesgazelles @bumperoffroad @ premium.monaco @parkhyatt @intermarche @cnewsofficiel @_cnews @auvieuxcampeur @fairmontmonaco @underarmourwomen @palladium_boots.”
A month before the race, the first cousins traveled to Moab, Utah with the rest of the US team to train and get the appropriate certifications for the all-female race. Back in February, Jazmin opened up to HOLA! USA about competing in the competition with her cousin. “It kind of happenstance brought us to do something together, which felt amazing,” she shared.
“This isn’t just a rally that’s only nine days in a desert, I think it’s a lifelong experience," Jazmin continued. “Our family at first was, ‘I can’t believe you guys are going to do this,’ but we are our own women and when we put our minds to something, we are going to do it. Now, they are supportive and excited.”