On Tuesday, Monaco's Prince Albert formally takes over the country's throne in a solemn ceremony in the same cathedral where his father, Prince Rainier, was buried just a few months ago.
But Albert's royal reign is beginning on an embarrassing note. Last week, the bachelor prince admitted to having an illegitimate son, born almost two years ago.
The 47-year-old prince was forced toafter a French magazine published photos of him with the boy.
Adding to the scandal, Prince Albert hinted that he might have fathered even more children.
When a French TV reporter asked if there might be others coming forward to claim paternity, he said, "I know there are other people who have nearly the same cases."
Although, Alexandre is now Prince Albert's sole heir, he cannot inherit the throne or carry the Prince's last name, reports CBS News consultant J. Randy Taraborelli, who has written a book about the royal family in Monaco and has interviewed Prince Albert several times. However, the child will receive half of the prince's fortune once Albert dies.
"He is in line for Albert's money, which is billions of dollars," Taraborelli told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "He will get an inheritance, which is probably one of the reasons why the mother wanted to secure his place in Albert's life."
Here's what is known about the Prince's 22-month-old son: His mother is Nicole Coste, 33, a former Air France flight attendant originally from Togo. She claims that she met Prince Albert on a flight several years ago, and the two had an relationship for five or six years.
Although this relationship was not public, Taraborelli believes that Prince Rainier did know about it and did not approve because Coste is black.