Princess Charlene claims she was crying tears of happiness during her wedding

Princess Charlene is blasting all of us for thinking she was crying tears of imprisonment on her wedding day! Remember how sad she looked on her wedding day? Remember when she watched the children sing to her and she burst into tears and Albert gave her a “WTF?” look? Remember all of the stories about how Charlene tried to escape Monaco in the days before her wedding, only to have her passport confiscated? Well, Charlene now says that all of those stories are “categorical lies” except… not really. She does say that she was crying “tears of happiness” on her wedding day but she was also overwhelmed and there were “mixed emotions because of the rumors”. Which rumors? That she tried to escape or that the groom had fathered yet another child with some woman and the news broke the day after the wedding?

As she walked down the aisle in a bespoke Armani dress that had taken the Italian atelier an astonishing 2,500 hours to create, Charlene Wittstock, now Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, looked anything but the happy bride. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she exchanged vows with the principality’s ruler, Prince Albert II, in front of a global audience of millions. But her tears weren’t, as reported, the result of a series of rows over her fiance’s womanising ways and a failed escape attempt in the days leading up to her wedding.

In a rare interview, the South African former swimmer has revealed that they were tears of happiness and has described the speculation as ‘categorical lies’.

‘Everything was just so overwhelming and there were all the mixed emotions because of the rumours, and obviously the tension built up and I burst into tears [immediately after the ceremony]. And then I burst into tears some more because I was thinking “Oh no, now the whole world has seen me cry”‘.

Despite the slew of negative headlines that marred her big day, Europe’s newest royal wife has happy memories of her wedding.

‘It was such a wonderful three days,’ she told the Times Weekend Magazine. ‘Even months afterwards I would get flashbacks and think, “Oh my goodness, did I really have the Eagles playing at my wedding?” I think back and wonder how we managed to pull it off. There was a lot going on. It was beautiful; it was sentimental, showing my most intimate moment to the world.’

Since her 2011 nuptials, Charlene has thrown herself into her new role, building relationships with other European royals and working on her charitable foundation which encourages French and Monégasque children to learn to swim.

‘My cousin drowned when he was five years old,’ she says. ‘He went to swim in a neighbour’s pool and fell in. Thousands of people drown in France every year… and I want to spearhead this water safety project of mine, giving people access to someone to teach them to swim free.’

She’s working on smoothing the gap between the designer clad children of the super-rich and everyone else and is currently setting up a competition that will encourage Monégasque children to design their own school uniforms. She also speaks warmly of her work with Dior designer Raf Simons who recently staged a show in the principality.

‘I worked for two years on that,’ she explains. ‘I had a vision to arrange a fashion show between Cannes Film Festival and the [Monaco] Grand Prix, because everybody is here. I thought it would work out and people would love to see Raf Simons’ line. I mean, he’s the number one designer in the world! I’m still smiling about it.’

Another person who makes her smile is the Netherland’s new queen, Maxima. ‘Maxima has been unbelievably supportive if I need help with anything,’ reveals Charlene. ‘Because she came from Argentina and moved to Holland, we have made similar lifestyle choices. She has given me advice that I identified with.’

And Maxima isn’t the only fellow royal to meet with Princess Charlene’s approval. The Duchess of Cambridge, married just months before Charlene, has also proved a friendly source of support.

‘She’s very sweet and lovely,’ says Charlene. ‘I can understand it must be difficult for everyone being in this situation when you’re not born into it.’

But as the Duchess of Cambridge, now a day overdue, prepares for the birth of her first child, does she hope for a little prince or princess of her own?

‘Look, I’m not going to put myself under any pressure,’ she says. ‘I just got married. I’m just settling into this enormous place and getting used to having huge responsibilities. You know,’ she adds, ‘we travel a lot, so it’s going to take time. But as I said, I’m not going to put myself under any pressure. It will happen; it will happen.’

[From The Mail]

I think Charlene is showing us a new side. She’s a bit more confident these days, she’s vacationing with friends (and not her husband), she’s managing some charitable projects of her own and I think Albert must have stopped putting her in The Impregnation Dungeon. Maybe Charlene agreed to get pregnant… next year. Or the year after. And I seriously doubt that Charlene lets Albert into her bed at all. Something sketchy is definitely going on, but I really feel like their reality is probably a lot more bizarre than I can come up with.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Elodie says:

    Tears of happiness? So that’s why Albert looked pissed as f!ck that day almost like he wanted to slap you? Right girl okay…

  2. ncboudicca says:

    Is she allergic to wearing colors?

  3. Annie says:

    No woman cries like that on her wedding. You cry like that when you’re forced to marry the evil prince after you were caught twice trying to escape the country. Does she think people don’t know about those incidents and how the palace took her passport?

      • LAK says:

        These things were reported in french magazines of some repute as opposed to tabloids. We all know the French are very strict about privacy laws, so it’s highly unlikely that they made up these reports.

        The interesting thing is that Albert sued the London Times [or was it Sunday times] for repeating the rumours which he won on a technicality because they were essentially suing the paper for repeating the rumours, not that the rumours weren’t true.

    • cubfan 34 says:

      Princess Sofia of Greece cried so hard during her wedding to Juan Carlos of Spain they had to stop the ceremony.

      When you marry into royalty you lose some rights. If they have children and divorce the royal partner would get custody. If the divorce is civil things would probably work out better.

  4. L says:

    Fine-’tears of happiness’ Total BS, but fine. So what’s her excuse for looking miserable every time they are together since the wedding? Or looking like such a sad sack at the most recent Swedish wedding?

  5. Bianca says:

    On Casiraghi-related news, Charlotte got pregnant with that comedian guy whose name I keep forgetting. She looks…well. Much happier than Charlene.

  6. Samtha says:

    What else can she say? It’s pretty obvious she’s miserable whenever she’s around him, but it’s not like she can admit that to the press!

  7. Anna says:

    I like the idea of all the queens and crown princesses having a secret hotline to call each other for advice or to coordinate outfits for state visits. That said, any time I see Char, I still thing ‘oh that poor dear…’ Maybe it’s all that beige…

  8. Esti says:

    I don’t think they have a great marriage or anything, but I do think that her face naturally looks sad if she isn’t grinning. And since she’s always trying to look serious for her princess business, she ends up always looking sad.

  9. Stephanie says:

    I feel so bad for her.

  10. Micki says:

    Who cares?! That was 2011 now is 2013.
    Cry me a river Charlene.

    …”And I seriously doubt that Charlene lets Albert into her bed at all. “…

    I’ve always thought the future brides undergo a check to determine whether they can bear children. I know it’s 21 centery and all but RFs are just a few and I guess careful to procreate.
    Unless Albert is ready to leave the throne to his nephew. Don’t think so

    • MinnFinn says:

      Yes, yes and yes. I am absolutely certain that Charlene’s fecundity was confirmed with a pre-engagement gynecological exam.

      Because Al fathered at least 2 unplanned children pre-Charlene we know he did not use condoms on a regular basis. Thus he has an increased chance of having herpes which would complicate and lengthen the amount of time it will take them to conceive.

    • Amanda says:

      How does that work? In 40% percent of couples with fertility problems doctors can’t determine why they have problems conceiving.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think she’s beautiful. I have sympathy for anyone in an unhappy marriage. I don’t think we will ever really know how she feels about anything unless she tells us, so I admit my opinion is based on speculation. It just seems to me that she chose to marry this toad for his money and position, and now she’s discovering that being his wife isn’t making her happy. “Marry for money and you earn every penny,” as they say.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ok, I just watched a you tube video of her crying at her wedding, and I felt really sorry for her. Not sure what to think. The whole thing about her trying to escape seems crazy to me, and I couldn’t find a credible source for it on the Internet. But something is definitely wrong. She looks heartbroken. Maybe the theory about her finding out about his latest child was correct.

  12. janie says:

    I watched this wedding… It was pathetic. We talked about it on this site. I’ve never seen a more unhappy woman, period. Rumors were that she was brought “back” from the airport hours prior to the wedding as she attempted to leave. I felt sorry for her then & now.

  13. DanaG says:

    I think she will get pregnant in the next 12 months and that is why she is being allowed to do what she wants now. Once she has the baby she can probably divorce Albert or live her life her way and have a “pretend” marriage like his parents did. I doubt she is going to get pregnant the old fashioned way a test tube and petrie dish will probably be involved cause Albert is gross.

  14. Sherry says:

    Yeah .. uh .. no! They don’t look like any happily married couple I’ve ever seen.

  15. journey says:

    my old conspiracy theory: albert had Charlene’s favorite little brother locked in a palace dungeon to force her to marry him. hence the tears on her wedding day.

    my new conspiracy theory: albert had the little brother moved out of the dungeon, and up to an attic room with a small window where he can look out. a room with no chains or torture devices. still a prisoner but a comfier prisoner. just like Charlene.

    • Liberty says:

      Okay, I think some intl organization parked her in Monaco against her will to watch the money flow. She has to do it for her family’s well-being. Maybe a debt she or a family member owed from her hard-partying days that preceded this Princess transformation. Remember, SHE contacted Albert after meeting him just briefly at a swim event; SHE wrote to him and then quickly moved to Monaco to be near him and “see what might happen.”

      Another Waity sort of thing as she had no work, did not speak the language (still cannot), but somehow lived in a luxury flat to wait it out for five years. She was a comp swimmer not a Phelps. Then her family.. well, look it up. There is more to this than meets the eye. This is not about heirs and spares, in my opinion. She may be looking happier because her bosses are allowing her an eventual get out of jail card, or are no longer threatening her family, or realize Albert is an easy-to-suss boob and they won’t need her much longer. I know my theory sounds nuts but I heard stranger things while living overseas from some connected pals. And the airport thing DID HAPPEN. So…why come back? Why say yes? Why the drugged sad look? Something is way way off.

    • RobN says:

      Her current “smile” does look just like the way she smiled in those older photos. I think people make way too much of how sad she looks. Some people simply have a default face that isn’t smiley, some people simply aren’t comfortable posing.

    • Liberty says:

      She looked quite different in the party girl photos that were wiped off the internet a few months before the marriage took place. The shots showed her grinning, dancing, throwing it down. Nothing like what you see here. A couple of random royalty watching blogs still have a few.

  16. Lark says:

    The thing was that those rumors weren’t in gossip rags…they were in legitimate French news sources (and I think one in Monaco, too). She supposedly left Monaco and tried to fly out of France and the Albert’s men caught up with her there. It wasn’t like it was the Daily Fail.

    I always thought Charlene was initially okay with Albert screwing around, but thought he’d change his ways once they got married or never realized the extent of Albert’s cheating. For example, she may have known he stepped out once in a while but didn’t realize he was a junior Berlusconi. Then she found out he fathered yet another kid while they were still together…and flipped and changed her mind.

    I think she’s just waiting it out for another year or so and then planning on splitting.

  17. HK9 says:

    Bull~! She’s called “Prison Bride” for a reason. I’ve NEVER seen any bride cry like that on her wedding day and while I’m glad she seems more confident and content now, I don’t buy it.

  18. Emma says:

    I hope for her sake that she’s telling the truth.

    And they need to stop trying to turn her into his mom.

  19. Deidre says:

    He is so screwed by his own stupid past.. notorious lifestyle, quickly getting older and has no legitimate heir, Who suitable in polite upper class society would have him..? I got Chubby prat-boy ruler where I want him.. Everyone knows this dirty rotten loathsome example of a man can’t politely toss me out or dare to ever seriously threaten me to do anything I don’t want to.. again.. Wah-ha-ha-ha

  20. JL says:

    When I got married my husband and I had an “arrangement” which was pretty much love and respect each other …all married couples have some sort of “Agreement” of how they will live.

    Now Charlene and Albert have an arrangement, she agreed to it so she needs to either suck it up or get out if unhappy. Much to her credit she’s living up to her agreement without any public griping.

    I bet old Albert is jealous as hell of Will with his smile, show up on command, pregnant wife.

    BTW what exactly does Charlene do all day?

  21. Renee says:

    She was with him for years prior to the marriage. Was she unhappy most of that time? Or just when she realized he would not be giving up his male and female side pieces?

    • LAK says:

      my theory is she found out something at the last minute which was a deal breaker, but she wasn’t allowed to break the deal.

      Everyone says she knew what she was marrying into, but that’s not necessarily true.

      I am not saying she was an innocent naive so and so, only that she probably knew perhaps 90%, if i am being generous, and it was the final 10%, which she discovered on the eve of the wedding, that caused all the drama.

  22. Cam S says:

    She needs to wear brightly colored lipstick more often, so she doesn’t look so dead. And she should be careful about crying wolf.

    Their interview together told me everything. Their marriage is a sham. I never saw a more awkward couple, especially for being together for years. And she came across as very immature imo. If she is uncomfortable in front of the cameras, she chose the wrong man.

  23. ANGELIC 20 says:

    I never believed the running away rumors. she waited for him for years while he carried out his affairs. she wanted to get married and she did. i think there is an agreement and he pays her to be his official plus one. and i don’t think they will ever have children. i think caroline’s children will be future prince and princesses.

  24. Poppy says:

    I think they have a contract that is probably extremely detailed, with how much money she’ll get per year of marriage, bonus lump sum per kid, minimum amount of time she must stay married to him, and an agreed exit plan when/if she does decide to pull the plug.

    My personal theory is that she was in love with him, and waiting patiently for him to get it all out of his system and then settle down and marry her. It happened eventually, but just before they got married she found out about the new child, flipped out and felt like her whole life for however long had been a waste of time. She was persuaded to come back with promises galore, a contract guarenteeing her a ‘return on investment’ and some heavy handed persuasion/guilt-tripping, and she wanted to save face. Now she’s making the best of it, and a couple of years down the line she’s come to terms with it and is starting to grow some confidence.

  25. Emily C. says:

    I think they live completely separate lives now. She’s looked a lot happier for a while. I’d guess the heir thing is out the window in exchange for Charlene staying legally married to him. The crown is going to pass to a child of his brother or sister.

  26. Philadelphia resident says:

    Oh what LIES will the press make up when she’s there 20 yrs from now? I knew the press was going to have EGG on their Faces over their nasty lies on this woman.

    I NEVER believed that runaway crap for a second. Those stories ALWAYS sounded like utter nonsense. The press probably had those runaway stories written before she even had the engagement ring. Proof is in the pudding, SHE’S STILL IN MONACO and has never left. She dated Pr.Albert almost ten years and knew exactly what she was doing. She hasn’t gone anywhere and she is not going anywhere.

    The British press harps on Charlene as a runaway bride but she’s still in Monaco, doing royal duties, has traveled the world alone and with Albert during the first two years of marriage if she wanted to leave she would have.

    The press never says peep about Kate Middleton who basically LIVES WITH HER MOTHER and has barely spent more than a few nights in the British royal residences, imo KATE Middleton is the runaway bride who can’t cope with living with under royal protocal and is uncomfortable around Pr.William’s family, so she runs home and lives with her mommy.

    If Charlene was doing what Kate is doing going home living with family, the Press would be writing horrible headlines about her or any other royal bride, but since it’s Kate, somehow it’s viewed as a good thing that she KEEPS RUNNING HOME TO BERKSHIRE TO LIVE WITH MOM. The press are hypocrites. IMO.

    Charlene married and she was never running anywhere and if you look at all the wedding photos, the day before, the day of the wedding there are plenty of photos of Charlene smiling and so what if she cried, Maxima cried at her wedding, so have other Royal Brides.

    She looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day.

    The press said the exact same things about Grace Kelly when she married, that she was unhappy, that she looked like she was going to a funeral, that she was being held by Rainer, because she wanted to get on a plane and go back to Philly. It’s all so silly.
    I think most of those rumours came from the British press too.

    Love Princess Charlene, lovely lady, still standing strong and still Princess of Monaco, despite the press crap they throw at you constantly.

    The press lied and now they have EGG on their faces because she’s still there. She could be married to Albert for the next 20yrs and some will still write how she’s running away from Monaco. Such utter nonsense.
    HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco lovely lady, stay strong.

  27. UsedToBeLulu says:

    I think misery-face is her default expression. Having said that, her tears on her wedding day were not those of joy, but rather mourning. For what she was giving up by marrying this despicable little man. IMO.

  28. The Original Mia says:

    I think she’s happier than she was on that miserable day 2 years ago. The pressure is off her to be honest with Caroline’s kids having kids of their own. Who cares if the line doesn’t go through Albert as long as it stays in the hands of the Grimaldis. She probably is getting some on the side as is Albert. She gets the perks of the crown without Albert humping on her.

  29. Twez says:

    Whatever. She knew what she was getting into, and if she wanted out and was persuaded to stay, that’s on her. She’s an adult.

  30. Shelby says:

    Just noticed she doesn’t wear much jewelry. Beautiful lady tho :-)

  31. e.non says:

    oh please.. she was beyond miserable; she always looks like she’s on the verge of barfing — esp whenever he’s in the picture.

  32. lisa says:

    1. did albert recognize baby # 3? who/where is it?

    2. what plastic surgery has she had?

  33. internet-news-view says:

    Oh you mean that rumour of some fake baby on the wedding day and runaway bride senerio, which Albert won a libel lawsuit about already and proved to be false

    Lovely lady, HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, still there, standing strong, facing anything the press throws at her. Naysayer’s mad that she didn’t go anywhere.

  34. internet-news-view says:

    Oh you mean that rumour of some fake baby on the wedding day and runaway bride senerio, which Albert won a libel lawsuit about already and proved to be false.

  35. CassT says:

    Anyone know where I can buy that beige dress?

    • Fue McCormick says:

      … you can post a pic of the dress on (outfit identifier) to see who it’s made by. There’s actually a list of celebrities and socialites of previous searched stuff and somebody may have already made the request (making it easier for you.) If it’s not there you will need to make a request; it’s free but you have to sign up for an account for log in purposes. The site is really cool. I made a request a couple of days ago for a pair of sunglasses Madonna was wearing and they’ve sent me a follow-up email to let me know they’re still searching.) Great site

  36. Flower says:

    Once upon a time Albert was quite good looking….he went to seed very quickly, I hope William isn’t headed in the same direction

    Albert at his graduation ->

  37. iheargossip says:

    Pr.William has already lost his looks IMO He looks Windsor except for Diana’s eyes, but that’s about it, he looks older than Uncle Edward who has been compared to Albert.

  38. Trashaddict says:

    One does not use the word “flashback” to refer to happy memories. The usual connotation for “flashback” is PTSD.

  39. Kim says:

    The European obsession with royalty is beyond laughable. The fact that they continue to applaud this kind of circus is ridiculous. This is not medieval times. No one cares about these inbred rich people desperately grasping for some sort of archaic power. And they call Americans dumb, while simultaneously tuning in to see what the mongoloid prince in England is up to today, has he worn brown trousers or blue? The suspense is unbearable!

    • CassT says:

      Kim, its even MORE laughable that Europeans think Americans are obsessed with royalty and titles. Most of us simply do NOT care.

      • Flower says:

        Most of the royals serve a ceremonial purpose and charity advocate role, it goes some way to protecting us against an inundation by your run of the mill celebrity worship …..let me see Kardasians splashed all over the media day after day or the Royals, I think I’ll stick with the royals.

        Also in a rare royal occurrence it just so happens that Albert is actually head of state in Monaco with all the powers that entails just like the president of the USA and the Monegasque’s wouldn’t have it any other way,the alternative would be rule by France, a no brainer for them really.

  40. Maria says:

    even if she cried tears of happiness, why did he looked so annoyed?