Monday, November 28, 2011

Perhaps she's just not that into Guillaume?

Luxembuerg Privat, a tabloid, apparently has an exclusive:  Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, the alleged Belgian girlfriend, has initiated a lawsuit against the French magazine, Point de Vue,  for allegedly violating her privacy by publishing two photos of her in a recent issue.  According to Privat reporter,  the countess did not challenge the actual story, which reports that she and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume have been dating for the past two years.

If the countess has decided to take legal action against Point de Vue, one wonders how serious is her relationship with Guillaume.  She had to know that it was only a matter of time before the press found out, and a photographer would snap a photo of her.   But why draw so much attention to herself?   Most of the European press are not going to be that interested in the future Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.   (I might be because of my next book, but that's another subject.)

The Belgian press will obviously be interested.  Stéphanie, 27, is a Belgian national, a member of the most prominent Belgian noble families.  She and Guillaume are distant cousins.  Very distant.    Guillaume's grandfather, Grand Duke Jean married Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium, thus setting a precedent for his grandson to bring home a Belgian bride.

But on average, the paparazzi are not going to be flocking to Belgium to catch a glimpse of a possible future bride of the heir to Luxembourg throne.

The Grand Ducal Palace has not publicly acknowledged that Stéphanie is Guillaume's girlfriend.   This lawsuit may be a bigger hurdle for Guillaume and his family to digest, and Countess Stéphanie may regret her decision. 

Unless of course, she has decided she is not love with Guillaume, and does not want to be his wife.  We shall see.

It also should be noted that there has not been a public acknowledgement of the lawsuit.

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