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  • Pope Francis meets with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

  • Princess Charlene of Monaco walks past Swiss guards as she arrives with Prince Albert II of Monaco to attend a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

  • Pope Francis meet with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

  • Pope Francis meet with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

Monday, January 18, 2016 5:38 am

Princess charms pope as Monaco royals make Vatican visit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Princess Charlene has seemingly charmed Pope Francis during a private call on the pontiff at the Vatican along with her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Francis was smiling as Charlene knelt before him, grasped the pope's right hand and kissed it Monday.

Both the princess and the pope wore white. Charlene wore a simple, elegantly tailored off-white coat, white gloves and beige high-heeled pumps while Francis wore his usual gown.

The couple didn't bring their 13-month old twins, Gabriella and Jacques, but Francis said: "I will pray especially for your children."

Francis chatted for 20 minutes with the couple on a busy morning that included meetings with a Lutheran delegation from Finland and with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.