Did Prince Albert’s fiancée Charlene Wittstock try to pull a ‘Runaway Bride’?


As you may remember, Prince Albert of Monaco is due to marry Charlene Wittstock this Saturday. I get that not many people are excited about it, but I love a good royal wedding, and the House of Grimaldi is fascinating to me. I recently covered Charlene Wittstock’s Vogue interview – I found her to be interesting… and perhaps a bit vapid, but I think a strong vein of superficiality probably helps royal brides. Anyway, there’s a SCANDAL involving the upcoming nuptials. According to a French newspaper, Charlene tried to pull a runner. Seriously!

A desperate Charlene Wittstock, 33, was said to have been stopped by police at Nice airport as she tried to head home to South Africa on a one-way ticket, according to a French newspaper. According to L’Express, one of France’s most influential news magazines, she had been devastated to hear a new revelation about the private life of the notoriously philandering Albert, 53.

An article headed ‘Albert-Charlene: Marriage in Peril’ on the website of L’ Express describes Miss Wittstock’s decision to head for the airport last Tuesday. It reads: ‘Shaken, Charlene Wittstock had just learned, a few hours earlier, that the private life of the man she was about to marry, and who had publicly confessed, in September 2005, to the existence of an illegitimate child with Nicole Coste, was not as exemplary as she imagined.’

In the article, which has been followed up by authoritative French newspapers including Le Figaro, L’Express claims that the French police were acting on the orders of the Royal Palace in Monaco, and managed to persuade Miss Wittstock not to leave. A member of the Pastor family, a billionaire property developing dynasty, was called in as an intermediary, the magazine claims. The report went on to say that the former Olympic swimmer and daughter of a photocopier salesman, will reluctantly stay but possibly not fulfill all her official functions as princess. It was even claimed she was ‘openly sulking’ on a trip to Paris last week.

[From The Mail]

Those were the claims – and they weren’t made in some French tabloid, either. I love the idea that in this, our modern world, where these kinds of weddings have become media spectaculars, with millions and millions of dollars spent on preparations, and after countless interviews and press releases and all of that, a would-be royal bride thinks that she can just grab her bag and a one-way ticket and get the hell out of town. If it’s true, that is. Because after these stories came out, Prince Albert and the royal courtiers denied the story outright to anyone who would listen:

Forget the story that just days before her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco this weekend, bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock attempted to escape the impending nuptials, as French news sources have been claiming.

According to the website of the news magazine L’Express, last week Albert’s fiancée sought to return home to South Africa “only hours after learning that Albert had not been leading the exemplary life she thought.”

Only Christiane Stahl, a chief advisor to Prince Albert at the Monaco Palace, told PEOPLE on Tuesday morning that these rumors – and the printed story – are “completely, completely crazy.”

“Please believe me, none of this is true, and we think it comes from utter jealousy,” Stahl said. “Charlene never left to go to the airport, nothing like that ever happened. She was never upset and never wanted to stop the wedding.” Stahl said both Charlene and Albert were “very disappointed” when they heard the rumors but are “very calm.”

Albert’s longtime lawyer, Maitre Thierry Lacoste, also addressed the printed rumor, and told the newspaper Le Figaro, “It’s madness, everything is false. It’s been three weeks these rumors have been running.”

Lacoste said he intends to seek an injunction against L’Express. He also said, “I was with the Prince and Charlene Wittstock in Paris three days ago, and I can promise you that all is well.”

Wittstock with Maria Shriver
Last weekend, Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer, represented Monaco at the official opening of the Athens 2011 Special Olympic Games, which was also attended by Maria Shriver, whose family started the Special Olympics.

While citing no specific reason for her reputed hasty departure – beyond that it was “‘rooted in a revelation” L’Express claimed that in her flight a distraught Wittstock was eventually stopped at the French airport, where officials were acting on a request from the royal palace.

The news magazine does remind readers that Albert publicly confessed in September 2005 to having an illegitimate child, a son, with Togolese flight attendant Nicole Coste. In 2006, he also acknowledged having fathered a daughter out of wedlock, Jazmin Grace Rotolo, born in 1992.

In its official statement, the palace said: “The Prince’s Palace firmly denies the allegations made in the press this morning on the web site Express.fr. These rumors spread a few days before the wedding ceremonies of H.S.H Prince Albert and Miss Charlene Wittstock have only one purpose to seriously damage the Sovereign’s image and by consequence that of Miss Wittstock and to cause serious prejudice to a happy event.”

[From People]

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. That’s basically what they’re saying. Who to believe? Eh… considering the story originated in a French publication with a decent reputation, I tend to think they got some (at the very least) of the story right. But given Albert’s strong condemnation and all of the threats of lawsuits… I don’t know. It could be that Charlene just realized (or was “made to realize”) that she couldn’t simply pull a runner.

Do you want to hear about the guest list for the wedding? Karl Lagerfeld, Nicholas Sarkozy, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and… Naomi Campbell. Who will probably beat the bride with a phone.



Photos courtesy of WENN & Vogue.

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  1. brin says:

    Yeah, I didn’t know what to make of this…especially since some publications are reporting it and otheres aren’t. Maybe she just has a bad case of cold feet, and who could blame her?

  2. Lia says:

    Her feet in the last picture look way bigger than his. I should think she could outrun him with ease……

  3. WhiteNoise says:

    Hee! Can’t wait to see the body language on the day! Every last pic/vid of them will be examined with a fine tooth comb!

  4. KLO says:

    Is she going to be a prisoner for the rest of her life now?
    What is this, middle ages?

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    Anyone who is naive enough to believe Albert has lived “an exemplary life” needs a hug and a lollipop.

    Dude’s 53, with 2 confirmed “illegitimate” children. “Exemplary life” my arse.

  6. ElleGin says:

    Er… she looks rather miserable in the two pics.

  7. jackie says:


  8. Addie says:

    They don’t seem genuinly inlove.
    This seems more like she fits the look of a “princess of Monaco” and more like a marraige of convienience.Don’t know something’s off about them.

    I hate seeing stories where a lot of people look up too certain ones and wish for their money/fame/power, only to later find out that they were never truely happy in the first place.

    This just seems like one of those cases.Hope this isn’t the case though.

  9. Boo says:

    I don’t find it hard to believe that she might run. I mean, prince or not, LOOK at the dude. Grace Kelly’s hotness genes just never found a foothold here.

    But the reason? She didn’t know about his kids? We are to believe that Charlene here has never been introduced to the Google Machine? She never looked up her betrothed’s biography? Is she aware he is a prince?

  10. nnn says:

    She is not that beautiful and prince Albert has always looked sleazy to me. He loves women, all woman.

    I perceive him as some kind of a Casanova.

  11. Muffy says:

    Why on earth would two sighted women have sex with that fat, bald troll of a man? And I also wondered why the police stopped her at the airport, is she a prisoner?

  12. Micki says:

    @original bellaluna(5).exactly what I thought.And his children were open topic for years. Charlene cannot oversee this fact.And it’s not only Albert, what about his sisters? The WHOLE family is not exemplary by any means.She’s been insider in his court for years I wonder what can she possibly learn as to run away less than a week before the wedding

  13. Kevin says:

    I’ve done business with that dude! He’s Art Vandelay! He’s an architect. It’s too bad he couldn’t engineer some hair on that melon!

  14. mln76 says:

    Not surprising. Princess Grace was said to be miserable and feel trapped also. If I could choose between marrying a prince (including Will) or marrying a billionaire I’d choose to just be a wealthy man’s wife.

    Now where’s the genie 🙂

  15. Testarosa says:

    Definitely a marriage of convenience with an incredible amount at stake. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since the 1200’s. As I understand it, if Prince Albert does not procreate within marriage, the Principality of Monaco will be ceded back to France. As for Prince Albert “not having led as exemplary a life” as Charlene had imagined, it’s really a bit late in the piece for her to be waking up and smelling the café so close to her wedding date.

  16. Jaded says:

    Princess Grace looked utterly miserable on her wedding day, like she’d been up crying all night thinking “what have i done???” I’m sure it all seems incredibly amazing to have a grab at the brass ring of princessdom, but then at the eleventh hour you wake up and think OH.DEAR.GOD. I’m marrying someone who, if he was just a commoner, would have zero appeal to me.

  17. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Micki – One shudders to think.

  18. L says:

    @testarosa The ‘monaco will go back to france’ thing was technically rewritten in the 1962 constitution. But france recognized it in 2005 which means that if albert doesn’t have kids-it moves to his sisters kids and stays in family.

  19. potatopeel says:

    She doesn’t look exactly thrilled in any picture – oh well. Unless she lived in a box for most of her life, how would she NOT know all of the details of that family. Has any of them seriously been happy? I just don’t think so.

  20. DanDan says:

    I would run, too. Never mind, I would never get engaged to a fool like him in the first place, lol.

  21. Testarosa says:

    @L: Oops, I had read otherwise in The Guardian U.K. just this week. Hope you’re right: I definitely like your info better than mine. :-))

  22. Jana says:

    How is she having sex with him? Ughhh. Aging, not very attractive playboy.

  23. Mr. Greek says:

    I have two friends who live in Monaco, and the serious word on the streets of the principality is that she DID truly try to fly out of Nice and she WAS stopped by Albert’s security. The Grimaldi family is well known for their tight control of press releases, and many know this response from the palace is pure bullshit.. Most residents know this marriage is nothing but an utter sham. And…many residents know Albert for what he truly is, a spoiled asshole. I’m told that – surprising as this nay seem to many – Stephanie is the one who is sincerely liked, and Caroline is known to be the snotty diva from hell. Charlene knew about Albert’s two children a long time ago…they’re not the revelation. Monaco is a very small town, and secrets there are hard to keep. The one strong rumour that won’t die off is Albert’s “gay and carefree” personality and lifestyle…so I am told.

  24. BigHair&Pearls says:

    I saw five minutes of a documentary about them and though she has quite a pretty face, she’s got that ‘Paris Hilton duck walk’ and with her huge shoulders it looked very strange. Someone’s got to teach her how to walk like a woman, then she can run!

  25. Lala11_7 says:

    Knowing what I know about the “House of Grimaldi”…I don’t blame her for trying to get the hell outta dodge…

    And I believe it all his philandering with women makes me think of the old…”me think thou doth protest too much” line…and also think that he has young cabana boys locked up in the palace’s dungeon…

  26. zorba says:

    They don’t look in love. More like a fat billionaire with unmentionable hobbies and his much younger, sad and frustrated mistress.
    She totally changed her style and (possibly) personality in order to please him and his desire to marry his own mother. This took some years, but at the end she got what she was looking for. It’s a pity she didn’t realize she was trapping herself into a nightmare.
    As for him, he is far from being charming and classy like one would expect form Grace Kelly and Ranieri’s son (yes, his father was way hotter than him, too). He looks gross and somehow cruel (maybe he has, if not the stature, at least “the stomach of a King”…like ElisabethI used to say). Not the kind of companion I would like to share my life with.

  27. Lem says:

    I seriously, seriously hope and pray that no woman is detained by the police and prevented from walking away from her own nuptials!

    I don’t care who you are set to marry; everyone, EVERYONE should have the right to back out anytime proceeding ” do you”.
    Preventing a woman( or man) from making her (his) own choice is ludicrous; royalty or no. if true they should be ashamed. Uncivilized, one of the world’s most affluent countries acting as backwater misogynist. What’s next? Stone her for not producing a male heir!

  28. NancyMan says:

    It makes me sad that everyone (probably including the bride and groom) realizes that this is a B-list Royal wedding.

    Prince ALbert may look high- mileage now. But when he was in his 20s, he was very attractive. Maybe they can breed out the baldness.

    And given his record, I can’t imagine what revelation about Albert would surprise his bride except something involving a footman or gamekeeper.

    Wait- that’s my fantasy!!

  29. Iggles says:

    Maybe she learned about yet another lovechild. Probably conceived while they were together.

    He’s only marrying her because it’s the “proper” think to do. He “needs” an heir. Yuck. He’s so gross! I doubt that this woman is his type. He probably wanted to be with the stewardess, who he was involved with for 5 years but since she’s African that was never going to fly (pun not intended y’all).

    It makes me sick. He should just abdicate and live his life the way he wants to live it! He’s certainly going to have affairs because he’s marrying the “approved” woman — not one who truly has his heart.

  30. Hanh says:

    Considering that I believe Albert has some SERIOUS sexual hangups that would scare anyone, that Charlene finally had to face up to, I can see why she might want to run. I can also see them threatening her if she embarrassed him. I’m sure Caroline is secretly hoping she WOULD RUN. Also Charlene seriously needs to lay off the botox, she can’t make an expression worth her life.

  31. Happymom says:

    She’s been hanging out in Monaco for years with no job, no friends and waiting for him to propose. I’m really wondering what she discovered now that is finally waking her up? And what are the odds that she sticks around long enough to produce an heir?? Say what you want about Catherine Middleton-but at least that is a love match.

  32. bluhare says:

    I can’t believe that this isn’t getting bigger play and is already on the 2nd page here. Crystal Harris had more legs than this!

    I tend to believe it. It was reported in a respectable publication, and Albert was getting his lawyers to injunct it which is why not everyone is printing it. Can you imagine if it was all over with them getting married in two days? She found out that he’s sired ANOTHER child, and that’s why she left. My French isn’t very good but that’s what I got when I looked at the article. She tried to go home and they strong armed her at the airport!!! It’s like runaway and kidnapped bride all in one. Then there was a comment by someone in “the know” (which I know we take with a grain of salt) by someone who said that he knows the prince’s best pal and that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Wowza. This could have been epic.

  33. Mag says:

    What has she done to her face? She used to look so different! It looks like she has fillers in cheeks and lips and a ridiculous amount of botox.

  34. Alix says:

    Stephanie’s the popular one? Really? She Who Ran Away to Join the Circus, among other things?

  35. Sigh. says:

    @ Iggles — “He probably wanted to be with the stewardess, who he was involved with for 5 years but since she’s African that was never going to fly (pun not intended y’all).”

    Get outta my head, cuz I though the EXACT same thing. She was not “proper princess pedigree (ANGLO, upper crusty, etc)” to proudly parade around (say THAT 5x fast), and The Crown (= dad) wasn’t having that.
    And my understanding is since he is taking so long to sire (shudder) a male heir WITHIN the bonds of royal matrimony, some things were amended so that all would go to his oldest sister’s “line” (but ain’t she another hot mess, too?), if he can’t get one baby boy outta this “poor” woman.

  36. Ally says:

    I hope they conceive in vitro.

    Otherwise, /shudder. Besides having aged very poorly, I’m sure he’s been exposed to all sorts of nastiness, health-wise.

  37. Slim Charles says:

    I think Princess Caroline whispered something in her ear that caused her to run.

  38. Mr. Greek says:

    LOL! Monaco is now awash with talkin’ and tongues waggin’ about this, which seems to be seriously pissing off Albert to no end. The French journalists who covered this story are HIGHLY credible and have an excellent track record.

    It would seem that there is a third kid in Albert’s world…man, this guy IS a total piece of douche work. Plus, those gay rumours keep on floating.

    And yeah, as crazy as it seems, Princess Stephanie, who, yeah, ran off with the freakin’ circus years back, is said to be the most approachable and likeable one of the three Grimaldi spermatoza. Her hard work with her organization, Fight Aids Monaco, is well respected.

    That all said, the House of Grimaldi makes “Dynasty” look tame!

    Grace must be rolling in her grave at the Monaco cathedral.

  39. Victoria says:

    Albert refused to marry & give Monaco a legit heir WHILE his father was alive.

    So dad died never knowing who would run his tiny kingdom after Albert!

    Princess Caroline worked her butt off to have her children in line to succeed Albert, so what does he do? Have kids out of succession – killing those gay rumors – with an unacceptable Togo woman!

    Albert has done everything to make his father miserable!

  40. S says:

    There were rumours that Rainier had monthly orgies with guys, so maybe Albert is continuing the tradition….
    Everthing about this wedding seems weird to me.

  41. really says:

    Wow! Sometimes she looks rather a bit trashy or botoxed face!

    He looks like a complete HOE with wealth, have fun!

  42. gg says:

    She looks like Vicki Spice in a lot of her pictures. At least she smiles, sorta.

  43. JohnnieR says:

    Hmmm…I tend to believe this story. Where’s there’s smoke, there’s definitely fire. Me thinks the Prince and the palace doth protest too much.

    Imagine being a guest at THIS wedding, and what will be racing through the minds of the people? LOL.

    Princess Caroline, sitting there in her Karl Lagerfeld dress, chain-smoking, and thinking “All my plans…now in RUINS!”

    Princess Stephanie, sitting there in her Eurotrash Goth creation, chain-smoking, and thinking, “Gee, that bodyguard over there is hot, I wanna bear his child.”

    I think this marriage is nothing more than a well calculated PR stunt, nothing more, nothing less. They both deserve one another. He’s an irresponsible piece of paternal shit, and she’s a gold digger. I now pronounce you Bastard and Bitch.

  44. bluhare says:

    I figured it out. She looks like Brigitte Nielsen and Lisa Kudrow’s amazon baby.

    Man, I can hardly WAIT for the Vanity Fair piece on this mess. I mean, the stories about Diana wanting to bail before the wedding were years after the actual event, not three days before!

  45. JohnnieR says:

    The lyrics for the Eagles Hotel classic tune, Hotel California, seem strangely apt for this story:

    “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

    Welcome to the House of Grimaldi.

  46. Lou says:

    He really is one seriously unattractive dude.

  47. JohnnieR says:

    Let me start off by saying I absolutely do not know if this is true, but the story going around Monaco now is that Charlene is being closely “monitored”, and is not allowed to leave the principality. BS and a rumour it may very well be, but, considering there’s 50 million Euros at stake here (the wedding costs) and the “image” trying to be manufactured re this marriage, all I can say is that it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

    Monaco is a very small place and the Prince Albert rules as Rainier did – like a Prince of a medieval city-state. It’s another world there. Don’t be dazzled by the glamour – back-handers, corruption, smuggling, drugs, and big money are rife along that coast. Albert can get away with anything other than if he upsets the Monegasque en masse.

  48. Lou says:

    If it’s okay for me to post this, here’s more on the story from today’s Daily Mail. It certainly sounds legit, and she’s crazy to go through with the wedding:

    The walkabout came as it emerged that the 53-year-old royal threatened a legal battle to uncover the palace mole who threatened to destroy his big day.

    Miss Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer whose father was a photocopier salesman, is said to have been stopped by police at Nice airport as she tried to board a flight with a one-way ticket.

    L’Express, the Paris news magazine which broke the story, was today standing by it – as Prince Albert’s legal team made no attempt to injunct it.

    Instead it is demanding that L’Express reveals its sources – providing all of its evidence for the claim, although has not officially filed a lawsuit.

    This is because Albert fears further revelations before Friday, when the eyes of the world will be on Monaco at the start of his nuptials.

    In turn, L’Express editor-in-chief Renaud Revel confirmed that no attempt had been made to get the story removed from the magazine’s website.

    Mr Revel, a highly respected author and investigative journalist, said he would make sure that the confidentiality of his sources was protected at all costs.

    ‘There had been all kinds of threats against us, but nothing has been filed in court and it won’t be,’ a source at the magazine added,

    Colleagues at L’Express include Christophe Barbier, the editorial director, who is a close personal friend of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

    ‘These men are top class, hugely well connected journalists, and they know exactly what they’re writing about,’ said the source.

    ‘They have superb sources and would give them up to no one, not even an angry prince.’

  49. Iggles says:

    Sigh. – Yeah, he *should* just abdicate and let Andrea rule after him, but he doesn’t want to give up the “power” — despite living up to expectations has never made him happy. So sad that he’s sell his soul to be Crown Prince…

  50. jane16 says:

    I’ve heard for years that hes gay or bi.

  51. Sigh. says:

    @ JohnnieR: Somerset Maugham on Monaco, “A sunny place for shady people”

    @ Iggles: EXACTLY. At 53, SOMETHING IS/WAS GOING ON that he clearly was trying to avoid the “demands” of being Future Crowned Prince (monogamy, family life, etc), while enjoying the lifestyle/power that accompanies it (jet-setting, impregnating all walks of life, etc). The Future Mrs Future Crowned Prince KNOWS this, tried to beat it, but is now about to be set up for a LIFE of public misery (which just sounds all KINDS of illegal/immoral).

  52. CG says:

    I totally believe this. There have been too many stories about her snapping at journalists when asked when they’ll have kids, and you can’t think she’s happy to be someplace foreign to her, with no friends or job. I couldn’t say what exactly caused her to snap — come on, if he had another love child out there, would that *really* be a huge shock? — but I’m totally buying it.

  53. REALIST says:

    The intermediaries “persuaded” her after the police stopped her-yeah, she was “persuaded”. Middle ages comment above-agreed.
    To borrow from Katie Holmes’ past:
    “Run, Charlene, run!”
    One person who would be very helpful in another escape attempt-Princess Caroline!

  54. ADS says:

    Albert has been known to have a penchant for modelesque black women. At least one of his illegitimate children is mixed race. When he was a monarch about town his behavior was allowed but he rather clearly has been made to have an arranged marriage. And with someone with the ethnicity and features that is expected of a European monarch. I have heard rumours he is really a closet case but truly the mind boggles why this young woman would want to escape so urgently. Poor girl.

  55. JohnnieR says:

    Here’s a rather awkward, uncomfortable interview with Albert and Charlene. Talk about ZERO chemistry! Both don’t appear to be very articulate, either.


  56. kieslwoski says:

    @JohnnieR thanks for posting that interview it was really painfull to watch. So akward.

    And what the hell has she done to her face?!?!

    This has turned into a complete farce.

  57. Charlotte says:

    Let the games begin!

  58. nnn says:

    Some persistant rumor in France is that he fathered a third child with a german woman and that his fiancee just found out.

    Hence she wants to call it quit and cancel the wedding.

  59. Ashley says:

    Ooo never knew anything about the House of Grimaldi before. Interesting f-cked up place. Why aren’t they more famous than the House of Windsor. Seriously they’re fascinating.

    As for this poor woman, someone should look into this kidnapping. She wanted to leave but was stopped? I’m having visions of her scaling walls and hiding in laundry carts and trunks of cars to get out of Monaco. Just wow. I didn’t know it was possible to do such a thing in this modern world.

  60. Ruffian9 says:

    “Anyone who is naive enough to believe Albert has lived “an exemplary life” needs a hug and a lollipop.”

    Quote of the day. Thanks for the laugh.

  61. Kim says:

    This guy is the biggest player in Europe. And he is so fugly but he is rich so he gest the girls. He isnt gong to change his stripes married or not. RUN GIRL RUN!

  62. Lushus L. says:

    Maybe she can swim away!

  63. Poppy says:

    Both ceremonies (one civil and one religious), will be televised.
    If she has the backbone for it she could just say “NO I DON’T” in front of a worldwide TV audience and leave the country with some journalists in tow.

    Unfortunately the modern day equivalent of the Mafia still have a large presence in Monaco and she may have been threatened with a pair of cement shoes or a car accident, rumours are still rife about Graces death and their involvement.

  64. Sakota says:

    “Grace must be rolling in her grave at the Monaco cathedral”

    Grace slept with half of Hollywood and many more on her way up as an aspiring actress. She slept and almost broke up the marriage of Ray Milland and supposedly had several affairs of her own. It’s not like she was some saint, she was a genius at playing at being the image of the blond, fairytale princess complete with a perfect figure.

  65. Addie says:

    @ Poppy That would be the best thing to do.Atleast then her unhappiness could not be swept under the rug. Imagine the media frenzy if she said “No,I don’t”.People would be talking about it for decades!

    Here in South Africa, people are wondering if this is true and if she wants to give it up and come home.

  66. dj says:

    @ Mr. Greek. Agreed about his “lifestyle.” I thought this was a no brainer. That would certainly make a person run.

  67. MAMA KOWALSKA says:

    I’ll bet he looks real sexy naked hehehehe YUCK!!! Maybe it was just that realization that made her run.

  68. tango says:

    Why would this woman care about a 3rd kid if it was all an arranged marriage? That leads me to believe she either kind of cares for the guy or more likely, his scandals reflect badly on her and she’s embarassed.

    Most of us don’t want to go into a marriage with everyone around us thinking we’re a fool and making a big mistake.

    So I hope she renegotiated the pre-nup to be more generous to her because I just don’t see the marriage lasting.

  69. mischa says:

    I believe this story. The French newspaper is also standing by their article and journalist, saying they have several very, very reliable sources. There’s talk about a 3rd illegitimate child on the way, meaning Albert got the woman pregnant while engaged and preparing to marry Charlene.

    Albert is a douchebag. He’s been a bachelor too long with too much power, money, and influence. I bet he’s got friends in “higher places”.

    This wedding is a circus bound to be uber glitzy but also very trashy. And now it’s also become creepy with the running away and possible police interference. Charlene bit off more than she can chew, and now Albert has too much control over her.

    She could have done so much in the 4 and more years they were together. She could have gone and finished high school, learned French (she still doesn’t speak it at all), started going to college, got a part-time job, learned new hobbies, etc.

    But she was happy on being a kept woman who never pursued anything but lazing about and waiting for the ring. She has no leverage against Albert. She has no friends in Monaco to support her. She has no job to give her security and confidence. She’s always been a glorified arm candy, there when Albert needed her to make him look good. I bet all the changes in her: tons of plastic surgeries, designer labels, etc. was orchestrated by Albert and his team to make her appear more like Grace, to promote her AND Monaco. Too bad Charlene never looks content but always miserable, uncomfortable, and insecure.

    Still, kudos to her for trying to run away and still get that freedom. Time will tell if she’s going to smile and fake it through the marriage, or she’ll pretend nothing happened and turn a blind eye to Albert’s cheating. He’ll never stop his philandering.

    The royals attending this wedding are mostly those who have too much time on their hands and are always going to royal events to show off their tiaras and jewels. It would be interesting to see their faces while standing there witnessing this whole farce and sham of a wedding and marriage.

  70. Argotsboy says:

    Maybe she’s found out about his passion for hookers!I do know of his infamous holidays on large private ships where the hookers were in abundance and served to order!

    Hope she’s insisted on full medical checks!

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