PRINCESS CAROLINE OF MONACO is set to inherit nearly $1.8 billion (GBP1 billion) from her deceased father Prince Rainier.

News of the massive cash legacy broke as her husband, PRINCE ERNST AUGUST OF HANOVER, lay in a coma in the same hospital in which Prince Rainier died last week (6APR05).

The 51-year-old millionaire, a cousin of British royal Queen Elizabeth II, is still critically ill with acute pancreatitis, due to his excessive drinking.

A palace official confirms, "His state of health is serious."

11/04/2005 13:59