Monaco’s royals aren’t pulling punches regarding an upcoming biopic about Princess Grace starring Nicole Kidman. Prince Albert, the late Grace Kelly’s son, has released a statement criticizing the film for its perceived “historical untruths.”
MSN reports that Prince Albert and his sisters, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline, issued a statement saying that Grace of Monaco contains major historical inaccuracies and “purely fictional scenes.”
“The Princely family wishes to emphasise that this film is by no means a biopic,” said the royal statement, further alleging that the film contains “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes.”
E! Online reports that the film’s producers previously claimed to have the backing of Grace Kelly’s family, a claim which they address and debunk in the statement. They say that the royal family asked producers to make several changes to drafts of the script, but many of those changes were not made.
“It recounts one rewritten and needlessly ‘glamorised’ page in the history of the Principality of Monaco and its family,” said the statement, which goes on to say, “The Palace of Monaco cannot accept that the producers of this film imply they have received. Their Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, since this is not the case.”
Grace of Monaco takes place in 1962 during a six-month period during which Princess Grace helps save the city-state from a French coup. Though the film doesn’t claim to be a biopic, it sells itself as an intimate look at the late icon’s life.
Grace of Monaco stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and hits theaters in 2014.