Thieves steal $500K in jewels from Paris apartment of French actress and her prince husband

PHOTO: Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Clotilde Courau attending the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.PlayRegina Wagner/ZUMAPRESS.com via Newscom, FILE
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Paris thieves made off with an estimated half a million dollars' worth of jewels in the burglary of a high society French couple last week, according to reports.

The Paris apartment of French actress Clotilde Courau and her husband Emanuele Filiberto, the Prince of Savoy, was burglarized on Friday.

PHOTO: Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Clotilde Courau attending the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Regina Wagner/ZUMAPRESS.com via Newscom, FILE
Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Clotilde Courau attending the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The French newspaper “Le Parisien” and other media outlets reported that the actress and the Italian prince were not at home at the time of the burglary.

The French Brigade of Crime Repression (BRB) has opened an investigation into the theft. Paris police have issued a warning saying that, with Paris experiencing a heat wave, weather episodes like this “are a boon for burglars.”

PHOTO: Clotilde Courau attends the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 03, 2019, in Paris. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Clotilde Courau attends the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 03, 2019, in Paris.

Filiberto, a member of Italy's House of Savoy, is the only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. Last year he called for the restoration of Italy’s monarchy and the establishment of a brand-new monarchy party to lead Italy.

Authorities say the ancient jewels of royal families have a well-known pedigree. At the couple's Rome wedding in 2003, Courau wore a tiara of pink topaz and diamonds that had belonged to Queen Maria Theresa of Sardinia.