Princess Charlene in Paris: “I’m quite independent, I will do it my way”


Yay, Princess Charlene was able to “escape”! Sort of. Charlene was in Paris this weekend for Fashion Week, to sit front row at the Albert Kriemler/Akris show – these are the lovely photos of a much more animated and happy-looking Charlene. She still has those new, unkempt bangs, but thankfully they’re not full-blown trauma. And unlike those photos from last week, Charlene looks like she bathed and like she’s not being drugged and imprisoned against her will. I think that because she did an event solo last week without trying to pull a runner, the palace must have “rewarded” her with a trip to Paris. Poor Charlene. Anyway, Charlene speaks! She hasn’t given an interview since the uncomfortable one where Albert defended their marriage while Charlene looked sad and only spoke in English. In this piece, Charlene actually sounds lucid and rather strong – like she’s a woman with a plan. Like she and Albert have worked out an agreement. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights:

The arrival of a bona fide princess [during Paris Fashion Week]… is a rare event. And that the surprise royal attendee at the Swiss label Akris’s Spring 2012 show was Princess Charlene of Monaco yesterday meant it was an unmanufactured buzz that zinged down the sweltering benches in the Palais de Chaillot. For Charlene, Princess of Monaco – who wore a pretty, light bronze Akris dress as she quietly took her place two seats down from Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, then endured those camera flashes – is both Europe’s most recently minted princess and its most enigmatic.

Before her wedding to Prince Albert II in July, there were reports that she had been suffering nerves. Since her marriage, she has been glimpsed in public only rarely. Yesterday the princess was here because of her close relationship with the label: she wore an Akris gown to the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, and often consults Albert Kriemler, its owner and designer.

Princess Charlene said that she had been wearing Akris since well before she and Albert were guests at the royal wedding in April. She laughed off rumours that she would like to design clothes herself, and added: “No, but I do know what I like. And if I speak to Albert (Kriemler) about certain things he adapts them for me.”

Her South African accent is as broad as her swimmer’s shoulders. Are there things she could not wear, I and Telegraph Fashion Editor Lisa Armstrong wondered – for certain dresses in the Akris collection were extremely revealing: “There are certain protocols, and obviously I wouldn’t show too much – it [Monaco] is a Catholic country.”

Would she ever go high street shopping like the Duchess of Cambridge, only recently spotted browsing through Topshop? “I wouldn’t want to compare myself to her.”

Far from being dismissive, this was said with great caution – the new princess has become quickly wise to the press. She went on to praise Akris and this Monaco-themed collection, so we asked whether being its princess is something she anticipates will be a full-time job.

“Of course,” she replied. “I think that would be expected of me in the near future. But I have just taken a bit of a break. I think, like [anyone], I need time to adjust. I just got married.” And for the first time she laughed. She conceded that learning French is a struggle, but that she’s working at it. “Step by step: it’s coming along but it takes time.”

And then, just as our time was coming to its end, Princess Charlene’s shoulders relaxed, and she seemed to ask us to excuse her nerves. “Honestly I don’t want to be too cut-off. But obviously the press haven’t been really good for us in the past. And that started before the wedding and the sources had come from British [newspapers]. And I was like ‘Why?’ So I’m speaking to the enemy now.”

“I’m just learning,” she said, looking around her for the first time at the hoverers around us. We’re surprised, we responded, that she doesn’t have a much larger security detachment. A steely glint entered her eye: “I don’t like that. I’m quite independent.”

Yet how could you ever live a fairly normal life now you are a Grimaldi princess? “I will,” she said with slow and deliberate emphasis, then paused and added: “Do it my way. I think for anyone living in a new country and adapting to a new lifestyle, it’s a different role. I was an Olympic swimmer, I lived in a swimsuit, I lived on tour.”

And she still swims a lot. She loves to watch the Grand Prix too – she added that she loves all sport and can’t wait for London 2012 – and got a thrill in the pit of her stomach the first time she heard those engines revving outside her palace window.

She has been spending a lot of time in the family house, Roc Agel, on the French side of the Monaco border, she said. It was from here that Princess Grace, Charlene’s late grandmother-in-law, was driving when she perished in a road accident 29 years ago. But Princess Charlene’s introduction into the Grimaldi family long postdates that tragedy, and mentioning Roc Agel seemed to lift her spirits a notch higher. By now, in fact, she was indisputably chipper. And it was time to go.

As we got to our feet, she said one more thing. “I think, in general, that it’s all good.”

[From The Telegraph]

She does sound very cautious and somewhat shy. I’m assuming she did this interview in English (it’s a British paper), and that she’s probably even more hesitant to speak in French to a French newspaper. Did you notice the part at the end where she mentioned how much time she’s been spending at Roc Agel? Meanwhile, Albert has been living where he always lives, the Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo. So… Albert and Charlene are already living apart, already living separate lives? Interesting. After this interview, I’m not feeling the “poor princess” thing so much as I’m applauding her for being a princess with a plan. I hope she’s organized. I hope she knows what she’s doing.

Thanks to Poppy for the lead!





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. AZ says:

    She looks like Christina Ricci.

  2. Addie says:

    That lady next to Charlene could be her twin!
    Who is she?

  3. brin says:

    Hooray for Charlene! She’s probably happy because she’s away from Baldy Grimaldi! That must be her plan for happiness!

  4. Kit says:

    I don’t normally care/feel sorry for any royals or rich people in general but I’m really rooting for this woman. That husband of hers is the biggest royal jerk in Europe (and that’s saying an awful lot). I hope she can make a decent life for herself in that golden cage she’s in.

  5. Diane says:

    @Brin: LOL at Baldy Grimaldi, wish I had thought of that!

  6. Pinoy says:

    She looks a bit heavy….knocked up ?

  7. AcornPaste says:

    She actually looks good, I think. A little pale, but good.

    She also has lovely hands. I wish mine were like hers.

  8. Hautie says:

    I also suspect there was a agreement worked out. Starting with the removal of his jump offs out of the house.

  9. The Original Mia says:

    She does look happier. Hell, if she’s found a way to make marriage to Albert work, good for her. I do think she was blindsided by Albert’s lack of discretion and protection at this time in his life, but she’s made the best of it. She’s got a life away from him and cash to do as she pleases.

  10. Bermuda Blues says:

    Albert is such a freak. You have to wonder why he “selected” Charlene – a woman who does not speak French, and does not seem like she needs him or needs the role of princess. It’s disgusting, but I think she’s serving the role of glorified brood mare. She will be pregnant very soon, likely with a son fostered from a testube. At least she doesn’t have to sleep with Albert ever again after their inevitable son is born.

  11. thinkaboutit says:

    Princess Grace would have been Charlene’s mother-in-law, not grandmother-in-law as the article reads. What an odd and clumsy error!

  12. Suckers says:

    I never understood the whole poor Charlene stories that you keep printing here.

    She came to Monaco without a dime in her pocket- was one of Albert’s wild private boot calls/party girls for years- before the illegitimate kids created a scandal and they approached her and several other women with the business deal.

    She accepted what no other woman would agree too. She has known all along what she is doing. Yes I agree now she is depressed and regrets it.

    But this was always her plan – the money, the title , unlimited plastic surgeries, fashion show. She wanted to be a celebrity. She really wanted what Dutchess Kate has- all the celebrity attention- but she never got it and is only considered “C” List at best. Charlene is just not that interesting. Her looks are okay- she is no beauty or anything.

    The only reason the press even mentions her is because of the prisoner bride- depressed/drugged princes story. She created all that hoopla too. This girl is a con artist and she is brilliant at it. You have to give her that. She got what she wants- only thing is now- most of the time she looks like she wants to jump off a bridge and end it all.

  13. smh says:

    i can’t imagine what it’s like to be in her shoes. to have gotten all the plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures in the world and still look this bad and old. to have gold dug a sleazy fugly parasite prince for years and having been cheated and left by him, publicly. oh right i can’t imagine any of that because i wouldn’t do any of it myself. she’s a sleaze like the rest of them; sleaze attracts sleaze.

  14. Hola says:

    I’ve said it before. Princess Charlene would make anyone depressed. I agree that she has destroyed the whole fairy tale princess image and made it into a nightmare. So opposite of the glamour and fame Grace brought to Monaco. At least we have Duchess Kate and her sparkling smile in the main stream media- and not Charlene’s depressing story.

    At least in these pictures she seems to smile a bit. The Telegraph article is just a bad PR move. Headlines are now calling Charlene slow, troubled, etc..

    SMH Not many women would do what Charlene has done. Its sad what some people will do for money and fifteen minutes of fame. Even if it is humiliating- I am so glad I am not in her shoes either.

  15. Sad Story says:

    Today Prince Albert and Caroline did another high profile event together in Monaco. They have really taken all status away from Charlene in the eyes of the people of Monaco.

    Caroline is still seen as the real Princess and first lady of Monaco. Charlene is just used for frivolus silly events all by herself.

    I think Charlene is just a human test tube to produce a child by IFV – then she can leave. that is what she signed up for. I feel bad for Charlene because she obviously has a low opinion of herself.

  16. smh says:

    @Hola I agree most women are more dignified than her. I mean it’s not like she was starving before either it’s complete famewhoring gone wrong on her behalf. when does it ever go right? and most surgeries look awful but it’s sad that celebs do not seem to notice that

  17. Kara Ann says:

    I would love to read her memoirs. I know that I’ll never get to because of whatever agreements she has signed to get in, get a baby, get out but ooooh, I bet it’d be really good. A real life version of palace machinations, infidelity, and all that “unbelievable” stuff.

    Anyway, she is strangely “still” looking if anyone understands what I’m trying to say. Like tranquilizer overload or just concentrating on each breath that brings her closer to the end of this ordeal (even if she signed on for it which I think she did pre-more-babies).

  18. Janice says:

    Also tonight Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie attended a big event at the Princess Grace Theater in Monaco.

    People are asking what was the purpose of Charlene? They don’t need her. The wedding was a waste of millions and brought nothing but bad press to Monaco. I seriously think they just want her kid and to have her get the hell out.

    Very creepy really what Princess Charlene has agreed too. What kind of people do this? Sorry I just can’t feel sorry for Charlene- I am too busy feeling sorry for that child. Reminds me of “Rosemary’s Baby”- but at least even Rosemary didn’t sign up for it- for her it just happened- Creepy.

  19. Vitamin says:

    What has it been like a month since Prince Albert & Princess Charlene have been seen together? So weird.

    It all does seem like a waste- butat least she gets beautiful clothes and attends fun parties. But its not worth the saddness that radiates from her entire being. The clothes and make up don’t hide it.

  20. Alix says:

    The post was cheering — a princess with a plan! But after reading the comments I’m depressed for her again.

  21. ana says:

    What an arrogant disgusting golden digger bitch!

  22. ana says:

    Can´t believe some people here see her as a victim. Open your eyes!

  23. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    She looks like Kim Cattrall.

  24. Princesslizabeth says:

    Princess Charlene looks like Lisa Kudrow.

  25. really says:

    She will be just fine! I have faith in her ability to pull off what she needs to all of our sweet surprises. I do truly feel she will be a great mother, and can’t wait until they have an heir!

    Princess Charlene looks lovely!!!!!!!

  26. Nesrin Savaş says:

    She is really amazing. Looks very happy.
    Good luck to her.

  27. molly says:

    She was totally pissed off with the press, wouldn’t you be, they totally ruined her wedding day and now she is getting back with telling them just that !!!!! If she doesn’t want to talk to the press, she won’t. Are you all going to say that Kate and William have split up when Kate starts to do events on her own, (when she finds time from shopping !!!!

  28. molly says:

    She was totally pissed off with the press, wouldn’t you be, they totally ruined her wedding day and now she is getting back with telling them just that !!!!! If she doesn’t want to talk to the press, she won’t. Are you all going to say that Kate and William have split up when Kate starts to do events on her own, (when she finds time from shopping)!!! They don’t have to attend every function together, Albert obviously thinks she is capable. He asked her to go in his place for one of them so it can’t be that bad c an it ?.

    They have since been seen together a couple of days so what’s the problem.

  29. Alexa says:

    Lovely lady! I very much hope that The Prince and Princess of Monaco, have a very happy marriage, and ignore the jealous and bitter people, who make nasty comments about them.

  30. Nicky says:

    Albert and Charlene are not joined at the hip; hence both are able to attend events without the other in tow. What a lot of horrid comments about their relationship. Happiness to both of you!

  31. Susan says:

    Why all the mean comments? Whre is your evidence that she’s had any surgeries? She has no need for it. I also read in the british press that they make fun of her “implausible name.” What is wrong with Charlene?