CULLOWHEE — Today in headlines from either Madlibs or Cards Against Humanity, it turns out Western Carolina University played a major role in a Monaco royal love story.
Louis Ducruet, grandson of the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and his bride Marie Chevallier studied business administration at WCU from 2013-15, according to the university's magazine.
Yes, you read that right — Grace Kelly's grandson lived in North Carolina for two years.
"At WCU, Ducruet is remembered as unassuming and pleasant, an avid soccer fan who spoke several languages," according to an article about the couple in the magazine's Class Notes section. "WCU classmates and most of his instructors did not know about Ducruet's royal lineage."
Royal wedding details
Ducruet and Chevallier celebrated their nuptials in a private civil ceremony July 26, to be followed by a larger religious service July 27, according to People magazine.
The religious service will be held in Monaco's Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, People reports — and they'll be the first royal couple to wed there since American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III in 1956.
Ducruet is only son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac. She's the youngest of Princess Grace's three children. Ducruet does not hold title and sits 15th in line of succession in the House of Grimaldi. His uncle, Prince Albert II, is the reigning sovereign of the principality.
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What did the royal do in WNC?
During their time in WNC, Ducruet volunteered at the Community Table, a nonprofit organization in Sylva, and Chevallier was a French tutor at the university, according to the article.
"We wanted to experience the real, deep America," Chevallier told Western Carolina University Magazine. "We will remember the beauty of the place within the mountains, the serenity and the strong school spirit."
This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Monaco royal wedding involves Western Carolina University (really)