Speculation of an imminent split between Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband Prince Ernst August of Hanover continues to grow after the German royal was pictured allegedly kissing another woman in Thailand.
German magazine Bunte published the photos, which were taken on a beach in Phuket. They appear to show Ernst in the sea with a brunette, who has not been identified.
Caroline meanwhile is in the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana with her children. This is the first Christmas the couple have spent the holidays apart.
It was first reported in September that the pair – who have not been pictured together since July - were living separate lives. The palace has always denied rumours of any split, however.
Ernst was largely absent from official duties last year – in particular his non attendance of Monaco's National Day celebrations was noted by royal watchers.