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Royals at Monte Carlo (Part 3)

By November 15, 2023No Comments
This time it’s not the British royals who come under scrutiny in connection with the Monte Carlo Casino. Instead it’s the Monaco royal family.
In 1889 – just a couple of years before Charles Wells broke the bank – King Charles III of Monte Carlo died. He was succeeded by his son, Albert. Casino boss Camille Blanc sent flowers to the royal palace as a token of condolence; however, the flowers were brusquely returned to him without comment or explanation.
Albert hated the idea that so much of Monaco’s economy was supported by gambling. His wish was to expel the Casino. However things did not quite turn out as he had planned. And – in the opinion of this author – Charles Wells probably played a part in later developments.

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