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Rainier Has A New Title: Call Him The Slapper

Monaco’s royal family got rowdy at a party on Sunday, and a waiter who got slapped might question whether it was all in good fun.

The Rainiers, including Prince Rainier, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, were participating in a slapstick-style comedy performance typical of a New York restaurant called the Pomp, Duck and Circumstance. The event was to honor Rainier’s late wife, Princess Grace.

The mood of the party got irreverent fast. Rainier, his escort Lynn Wyatt and Albert began a food fight, to which waiter Tim Ward, in the spirit of the show, remarked, “Hey! Look at the little piggy prince, eating with his fingers!”

Rainier motioned Ward over and then slapped him. The show’s producer said the slap was “within the jest of the show,” but Ward reportedly left and later skipped a photo session with the family.

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