Pauline Ducruet sparks rumours of new boyfriend with Instagram photos

Pauline Ducruet is believed to have a new love interest. Princess Stephanie of Monaco's eldest daughter, who was previously in a relationship with former footballer Paul-Noël Ettori, is now thought to be dating Maxime Giaccardi.

While pictures of Maxime appeared on Pauline's Instagram account in late 2013, a recent increase of photos showing the pair looking loved-up together has led to speculation that they are a couple.

Pauline posted this photo to mark Maxime's birthday in October

One image, which 20-year-old Pauline posted in honour of Maxime's 21st birthday, is captioned with the French term of affection 'mon chou chérie'.

"Bon anniversaire mon chou chérie! #looooooov! @maximegiaccardi," wrote Pauline, followed by a series of romantic emoticons including a heart and a couple holding hands.

@maximegiaccardi #sunsetmonaco #monchoucheri #lovelove 👫👙🌞

A photo posted by Pauline Ducruet (@paulinedcrt) on May 5, 2014 at 3:48am PDT

Alongside another photo of the duo is the caption "@maximegiaccardi #sunsetmonaco #monchoucheri #lovelove", under which Maxime has commented with a heart symbol.

Echoing Pauline's online suggestions of romance, Maxime has made his Instagram profile photo an image of the pair in each other's arms.

Pauline and Maxime on holiday in Mykonos

Charlotte Casiraghi's cousin previously dated Paul-Noël Ettori and the pair went public with their romance in April 2013.

The couple first met in 2011, when Pauline was 17 and Paul-Noël was 21, and later moved to Paris where the young royal had moved to pursue a career in fashion while her beau worked to establish himself as a model and an actor after retiring from football.

Pauline's relocation from Monaco to the City of Love has been a success and the stylish royal has been studying design at the Istituto Marangoni and is a regular on the front row at Paris Fashion Week.

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