Despite denials from Monaco's royal palace that the marriage of Princess Caroline and Ernst of Hanover is in trouble, the couple have not been seen together for nearly 18 months.
Adding fuel to the speculation about their union, the 53-year-old princess last year moved back to the principality from the marital home in France with their daughter.
And now reports are linking the elegant royal with a new love interest.
Caroline has apparently become close to London-based gallery owner Gerard Faggionato.
Taking her annual cruise on the Mediterranean aboard her yacht Pacha III with her daughter Charlotte, the princess is said to have dropped anchor off the coast of Italy to attend his 50th.
A boyfriend of Lady Helen Taylor in the Eighties, the handsome art dealer is a favourite with the London social set.
Gerard – pictured with socialite India Hicks and model Saffron Aldrige at a party for Diane von Furstenbeg given by Uma Thurman's partner Arpad Busson – welcomed 300 guests to a nightclub on Panarea.
The island just north of Sicily is known as a jet setters retreat.