In the book, The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy and Scandal by John Glatt, Glatt claims that Tamara once said:
“Albert said that he would not allow her to grow up as his grandmother had. He promised he would sort things out before she was old enough to understand.”
At Jazmin’s birth, Prince Albert had been away from Monaco on business, and upon his return to Monaco, he sheepishly told his father of the news of his latest grandchild. Well, apparently, it did not go over so well with Grand-père Rainier. Prince Rainier was furious with his son, ordering him to deny all responsibility and sever ties with the American tourist from the summer before. In fear of what his father could or would do, Prince Albert did as ordered-he stopped returning Rotolo’s phone calls, and letters.
After failing to get any acknowledgement of the birth from Monaco, Tamara obtained a lawyer in California to attempt to get Prince Albert in Monaco to submit to a DNA test. Prince Albert’s lawyers agreed to the request-and Tamara provided a sample, and provided a sample from Jazmin. When it came to Albert’s turn, he backed out.
This paternity suit was a big thing for the Grimaldi family lawyers-after all, if this were to be Prince Albert’s child, she would automatically become second in line after her father and take predence over her aunts and cousins. After a six month court battle to get Prince Albert to submit to a DNA test (this would be around late 1992, early 1993), he still never submitted.
“This is not about the money. This is not about the publicity. This is about the acknowledgement of a child. I want Jazmin to see her father. My whole goal coming to Cody was for him to see this beautiful child. I want him to think about this when he closes his eyes at night.”McCarmack was convinced, even without a DNA test that Jazmin was Albert’s daughter. He kept in contact with Tamara, and each year, Tamara sent him a photograph of Jazmin dressed as a princess. Tamara would also send these photos to Albert.
In 1998, Jazmin was a fiercely independent 6-year old, who looked very much like her Kelly Genes. She would proclaim that Prince Albert was ‘Albert, my biological father and lives far away’.
Then of course, in 2002, Prince Rainier changed the laws so Albert’s non-illegitimate (nor anyone else)’s child could not inherit the throne.
It appears that Tamara did a wonderful job raising Jazmin by herself in southern California. In 2010, Jazmin graduated with honors from JSerra Catholic High School where she also received the Faculty, Musical Excellence and Fine Arts awards. She is presently studying at Fordham University in New York. During her time at JSerra, she started her own foundation, The Jazmin Fund in 2006 after an inspiring trip to Fiji.
After her acknowledgement from her father in 2006, he has claimed that she is welcome to study and live in Monaco, however to this day, it is not known that she has taken her dad up on his offer.