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Aicha des Gazelles: Monaco´s Royals daughters to start in Women-only Rally

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Monaco´s Royals are back in Rallyraid: After Prince Albert of Monaco participated in the Dakar Rally 1985 and 1986 with a Mitsubishi Pajero (retired both times) and his sister Princess Caroline of Monaco also competed in 1985 (together with her husband Stefano Casiraghi and with an Astra Truck, also retired), now the young girls-generation of the Grimaldis will be back in the Desert.

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (25-year old daughter of Prince Albert of Monaco) and Pauline Ducruet (23, daughter of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco) will compete in the 2018 edition of the "Rallye Aicha des Gazelles" from March 16-31, a women-only rally and more in adventure-style than hardcore-speeding. Teams have to cross the Moroccan desert - mostly only with a compass and teamwork.

The girls are not travelling together: Jazmin is driving with Kiera Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter) and Pauline with her friend Schanel Bakkouche. But both will not compete against each other: "It’s a bond that’s going to be shared," said Jazmin the, "we are still able to enjoy this experience. I’ve never done something like this before. I like adventure sports. I’ve done skydiving in Australia, I’ve bungee jumped. This was something I thought would be a personal challenge for myself."

The magazine she told: "I’m definitely nervous. But Kiera has done it before, so I’m excited about that. She’s going to be navigating and I’ll be driving most of the time. So I’m getting myself out of my comfort zone a little bit."

Both Grimaldi-Girls - living in the USA - had a training along with other members of the USA Gazelles team in the Moab desert (Utah). And before they start, both will participate in a pre-event party for the participants in Nice / France, which is only some kilometers away from Monaco. "I’m hoping some of my family members will be there," said Jazmin.

Photos: USA Gazelles, Jazmin Grimaldi & Pauline Ducruet via Instagram



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