Prince Albert’s former spymaster airs Monaco’s ‘dirty secrets’

Prince Albert II

Prince Albert II

Last April I wrote that former FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Eringer, who until recently was spymaster to prince Albert II of Monaco, was completing a book on his experiences in the tiny principality, a project he began after leaving his post. But that’s not all. Eringer has now sued the prince for €360,000 ($542,000) in alleged unpaid income, including a severance pay package. The London Sunday Times, which has “obtained” a copy of Eringer’s lawsuit, says that the document “lays bare some of [Monaco’s] dirtiest secrets”. Among them are Eringer’s claims that he investigated activities in Monaco by Russian and Italian mobsters, that he was asked to “assist” a young woman who was romantically involved with prince Albert, and that he went after video evidence showing “a woman performing a sex act on the prince” at his 40th birthday party. It is worth noting that Eringer’s lawsuit states that some of his tasks while in the prince’s employment “were supplemented with funds from the CIA”, with Albert’s consent. The Times describes Eringer’s allegations as “extremely embarrassing” for Monaco’s royal household. But prince Albert’s lawyer, Thierry Lacoste, said most of Eringer’s claims were “completely false” and that the 51-year-old prince will fight the former FBI agent in court.

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