Philadelphia is getting its first brush with royalty since “The Fresh Prince.”
Prince Albert of Monaco has purchased the Philadelphia childhood home of his mother, American actress turned royal Princess Grace, People reported.
The Kelly family sold the home in 1974 and it had been under the same ownership ever since. The home was listed for $1 million this summer and eventually purchased for just $775,000, records show.
“The house was very beautiful and very special to our family,” Prince Albert told People. “I couldn’t have been more than two, probably my first visit to the house. I remember rolling about on the carpet in the living room. The house is filled with little moments like that. Moments of being a family.”
Kelly lived in the six-bedroom Colonial-style brick mansion in East Falls with her family before going to New York to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, ultimately starring in films such as “Rear Window” and “Dial M for Murder.”. She married Prince Rainier III in April 1956, officially making her a royal.
“It feels good,” the prince said of his purchase. “I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development. We’re looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work.” [People] — Katherine Clarke