Prince Albert on mom Grace Kelly's tragic death and raising a royal family with Princess Charlene

As the 35th anniversary of Princess Grace Kelly’s death approaches on September 14, the late Monaco royal’s son Prince Albert opened up about losing his mother in a new interview with Graham Bensinger. “It wasn’t until later that evening that it became apparent that the outcome was not going to be a good one,” Albert recalled of learning about his mom and sister Princess Stephanie’s car accident.

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><img alt=VIEW GALLERY The Prince opened up about his mother's tragic passing Photo: Michel Dufour/WireImage

The royal continued, “[My father Prince Rainier III] said that we had to go down to the hospital because mom and Stephanie had an accident. I didn’t think twice about it. I went down with them and [sister Princess] Caroline as well. Of course it was very shocking moment. You're not quite sure what to think. You think things are going to improve and it’s not as bad an accident as you thought it was and so those few hours were very, very tense and very emotional.”

Albert admitted that it took his younger sister Stephanie, then-17-years-old, “a number of years” to come to terms with losing their mom. “The pain and being in that car with our mother and not being able to pull her out,” he said. “It’s a traumatic experience and it would be for anybody.” Their father was also “deeply affected” by Princess Grace’s death. Albert said, “He wasn’t quite the same man as he was before the accident.”

><img alt=VIEW GALLERY Albert, his father and sister Princess Caroline pictured at Grace Kelly's funeral in 1982 Photo: Michel Dufour/WireImage

As for how long it took for him to feel “normal again,” the 59-year-old royal admitted, “It always takes a while and you recover thanks to your other family members and to your friends and to people that are dear to you to provide comfort. It also takes a few years to really fully come to terms with that.”

Since the tragic passing of his mother, Albert has found love with wife Princess Charlene, whom he married in 2011. “I think our relationship was different and special because of course we had that love for sport that brought us together but it’s also her character and her joie de vivre,” he said. “[Charlene’s] enthusiasm and her love for life. I think her character comes out in things that she’s doing and her great affection for children and I think speaks highly of her character and her care for others.”

><img alt=VIEW GALLERY Prince Albert shares twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, with wife Princess Charlene Photo: ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images

The pair’s lives have changed since welcoming their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella back in 2014. He shared, “Obviously when you’re a parent you have a heightened sense of responsibility towards these children and a responsibility for their well being and for their safety but also of course for their education and you want to go about the best way possible to ensure that they get all of these things at the right time.”

Discussing how he and Charlene are creating a sense of normalcy for their two-year-olds, Albert said, “It comes in different ways and different forms. First of all you have to try and spend as much time as you can with them and to play with them and to make them feel comfortable around their surroundings. It’s hard to do in this palace where there are a lot of people walking around. We’re very lucky to have another property that is up the mountain, not too far from Monaco but far away enough to be in a wonderful natural surrounding with a farm, with different areas where they can play and where they can learn about nature, and where they can see animals and have a great environment in which to grow up in.”

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