Princess Charlene ‘doesn’t need’ to be paid to stay married to Prince Albert

Princess Charlene has done two public events in two successive weekends, and those were her first two “events” in Monaco in over a year. She was in South Africa for more than six months, dealing with a hellish ENT infection, then soon after she returned to Monaco, Albert sent her off to a treatment facility in Switzerland. Since she’s been back in Monaco, she has looked very sad. Even when she’s smiling at other people (never Albert), she still looks sad. Just how trapped is she? Just what is the treat Albert has made to keep her around? No one knows. This week, the European tabloids were apparently full of speculation that Albert and Charlene came to an agreement: she gets roughly $12.6 million a year to stick around Monaco and make a certain number of public appearances. Now a “source” tells Page Six that the rumors of an annual payoff are not true?

Friends say Prince Albert II of Monaco does not pay Princess Charlene millions of dollars to stay as his wife, contrary to reports. The royals’ relationship is back under scrutiny after French magazine Voici claimed last week that Albert was paying Charlene €12 million ($12.5 million) a year to remain by his side. This follows the former Olympic swimmer’s return to the principality after a long illness that included months in her native South Africa followed by treatment at a clinic in Switzerland.

A source close to Charlene tells Page Six exclusively, “Of course she has a generous prenup, but Albert doesn’t have to pay her to stay. After being away for so long during her illness, Charlene is so happy to be back with Albert and the kids. They spend every weekend at their country place. Albert is fully supportive of Charlene and is also helping her with her charities.”

The couple plan to put on a united front by hosting a series of events together benefiting Charlene’s foundation for the iconic Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend of May 28 and 29, Page Six is told.

[From Page Six]

I don’t know! The original story (via European tabloids) was that Albert was paying Charlene to make public appearances, not to “stay” in the marriage. I think Charlene is committed to staying in the marriage… while her kids are young. It will be a different story when the kids are 16-17 years old. Then Charlene will be in the wind, I suspect. And I do think it’s likely that Charlene and Albert have come up with several financial arrangements during their eleven-year marriage. I would suspect Charlene got a nice chunk of change when she provided Albert with a legitimate male heir. I would suspect that she’s renegotiated the terms of her prenup several times. And I do think she’s probably getting a bigger “allowance” now in exchange for joint events.

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11 Responses to “Princess Charlene ‘doesn’t need’ to be paid to stay married to Prince Albert”

  1. HeatherC says:

    I would have to be paid to stay married to him! But I think at the very least the prenup and post nup was renegotiated, if she’s married to him for x amount of time, she gets this much in cash and assets when he dies, things like that. Which would be smart of her, she’s dependent on him which is not a healthy dynamic (but so many people enter into relationships like that)

  2. FHMom says:

    I am sure she is getting compensated somehow. If it is a pay to show up deal, then good for her. Call it a salary, if you like. I have no problem believing she is staying for the kids. Aside from being their mother, I doubt she wants to leave them with him and the palace staff. Plus, he would turn them against her. I’m sure she will be out of there when they go to boarding school or maybe wait until they are older. The good news for her is that Monaco isnt the UK, and I doubt the public expects much from her.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    Albert and Charlene will be “divorced” like his sister Caroline and her husband are when the children reach of age.

    • FHMom says:

      Both his sisters have messy personal lives. I doubt the public cares. It isn’t like they have a an image to uphold.

      • BeanieBean says:

        But his sisters aren’t the heirs, he is. That matters to some people (no idea why).

      • BothSidesNow says:

        His image is much worse than his sister Caroline’s. She is at least a compassionate and warm woman who has been a wonderful patron of Monaco, her children and her marriages. Albert is a disgusting “man” of no morals or compassion. He is a bully and a manipulative liar. No one should be forced into marriage and made into staying by using the children as pawns. He isn’t a man.

  4. Angela says:

    I hope shes able to find bits of happiness in her life, other than her kids. It looks like a miserable situation to be in.

  5. Marie says:

    Every time I read one of these, I think of Blair in Gossip Girl escaping this very mess.

  6. BlueNailsBetty says:

    Get that money, Charlene. You’ve earned every penny.

  7. JMoney says:

    I think this is the real reason she stayed in South Africa for so long was that Charlene pulled a Melania. It was “reported” that Melania allegedly did not move to the WH so she can renegotiate the terms of her prenup and I’m suspecting Charlene did just that.

  8. JFerber says:

    Charlene should never have moved back. Period. Let the kids stay with him and keep in touch through phone and Zoom. They’re still her kids. He won’t make them miserable, like he’s made her miserable, driving her to the brink of death. Against all odds, just escape from him, Charlene.

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