Prince Albert Ii of Monaco believes he was conned into fathering a child by a former lover.

Former flight attendant Nicole Coste claims she became pregnant with 2 year old ALEXANDRE after forgetting to take her contraceptive pill - but the Monegasque ruler claims he was tricked.

He says, "Yes, I think I was set up."

Albert, 47, who became Monaco ruler in July following the death of his father PRINCE RANIER, has recognised his paternity of Alexandre - but claims he has only been able to see the child once since the story hit the media "because of his mother's attitude toward me".

Albert tells the New York Times, "It's not a very pleasant situation. My only concern now is the well-being of the kid."