The people don't have a good view of Monaco because they don't live in the country. they read what the medias are writting and believe them
Apart the bal de la Rose, we will not see her anymore at a gala or at a big event on Monaco, Bal de La Rose is a big show fo her and her children , and the medias are doing a lot about it her. Charlene and Stephanie are more present than her. Stephanie is more loved than her sister by the people of Monaco she is appreciated for her work with the fightAids and the Maison de vie. Charlene is also present at a lot of big events as the grand prix , the TV festival, the receptions at the palace where Albert and Charlene receive the people of sport, of cinema , the Red Cross gala , the Princess Grace awards gala in NyC
Charlene is the princess consort, the mother of the heirs what is important for the monegash people and Caroline is less and less popular now.
When I said from my experience that's what I meant - what I've been told by people who live in Monaco and Monegasque citizens who no longer live there. I wasn't referring to what I've read.
So based on that I shall respectfully disagree that she is less loved. Like I said, she's less approachable and she's certainly "grand" and very aware of her position but they admire her for what she's done in the past when her mother died, for how she coped when she was widowed and for everything she has done, and continues to do for culture in the principality.
Yes, everyone has a soft spot for Stephanie and admires her work and they have largely taken Charlene to their hearts especially because of her mothering skills and her growing role with her charity work.
I've also heard great things said about Elisabeth de Massy and her daughter as well as Pierre Casiraghi.
Of course, Albert's family is the central one and Caroline is less important (she's a 60 year old grandmother apart from anything) but she's still part of Albert's back up team.
So yes, the Bal de la Rose is totally different to other events and yes, it Caroline's thing and yes, it's a bit extravagant but it has its place and it also raises money for a good cause. Personally, I like the costume side of it - I think it's harmless fun. They're only clothes after all!
I think it's great that such a small place can have support such a wide range of different interests and that each member of the family has their "area of expertise".