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Originally posted 11/02/2011 12:05PM
It's the question that continues to shadow Monaco's Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, even four months after their wedding: Was she really going to ditch her groom-to-be after allegations that he cheated right before their wedding?
"Why would he go through all this effort to have this fantastic couple of days, to have our most intimate dearest friends come join us, for us to be reluctant?" the former Olympic swimmer, 33, told Matt Lauer on Wednesday's Today show as her husband, 53, sat next to her. "It sounded a bit delirious."
"So, there was no 'runaway bride'?" pressed Lauer, who also mentioned the rumor that Monaco palace guards followed her to the Nice airport and took away her passport.
"No. Not at all," she said. Her husband explained the origins of such stories by saying, "I think there were ... people that were envious or did not like the fact that we were finally … together and marrying."
Originally posted 07/21/2011 08:00AM
The honeymoon is over – at least for the press.
Dogged by persistent rumors that their early July wedding was not going to take place because of new revelations about the groom's private life – and continuing press speculation concerning the nature of their marriage – Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco addressed representatives of three news outlets on Wednesday evening, only hours after the couple returned from their honeymoon.
"We want to express our outrage about these rumors. It's unbearable," declared Albert, 53, reports Nice-Matin, one of those publications hastily summoned to meet with the newlyweds. The newspaper described the prince as "visibly ... wounded."
Originally posted 07/06/2011 05:30AM
After the fairytale wedding comes the bill.
Amid tight security on Tuesday, honeymooners Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived in Durban, South Africa, where they were greeted by the country's president, Jacob Zuma – who informed Albert he still needed to meet one local custom: a dowry for his South African-raised bride.
"It's a South African tradition that a man pays lobolo for a wife," joked Zuma, invoking the Zulu dowry custom of presenting a negotiated gift of cattle to the bride's family as proof that the bride will never go hungry. "So we expect Prince Albert to pay cows for his bride."
The couple, who married last weekend in a lavish ceremony, spoke briefly with Zuma at an International Olympic Organizing Committee cocktail party they attended after their overnight flight to the KwaZulu-Natal region's King Shaka International Airport.
Originally posted 07/02/2011 11:55AM
Charlene Wittstock put fears that she was going to be a runaway bride to rest for good as she wed Prince Albert of Monaco in a religious ceremony on Saturday.
A day after their civil ceremony, the Rhodesian-born Olympian walked down the aisle on the arm of her father in a dazzling off-white silk Duchesse Giorgio Armani Privé dress with a long train and long veil made from off-white silk tulle. The dress was embellished with flowery embroidery, crafted with stones in gold shades, along with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues.
Albert was wearing the cream-colored summer uniform of the palace guards, as well as three medals, including the French Legion of Honor and the Order of the Grimaldi.
As he slipped the ring on his bride's finger, the prince winked and she giggled, looking relaxed. The two exchanged vows in French, which Wittstock studied intensively for a month at the Institut de Francais.
Originally posted 07/01/2011 01:10PM
Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock finally put to rest rumors that their wedding was off as they became husband and wife in a civil ceremony at the royal palace on Friday.
Thousands cheered in the palace's plaza as the former Olympic swimmer from South Africa became the Princess of Monaco in a Throne Room ceremony that marks the first day of a two-day affair dubbed the most high-profile event in Monaco since the 1956 wedding of Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.
Images of the prince, 53, dressed in a dark suit, and Wittstock, 33, donning a pale blue suit and diamond earrings, flashed on screens around the palace as they said "oui" to their vows and signed the marriage register.
Originally posted 06/30/2011 12:00PM
Despite unsettling rumors swirling around Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, the "other royal wedding," believed to cost upwards of $65 million, is still on for this weekend.
The most glamorous, high-profile event in Monaco since the 1956 wedding of Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, kicks off Thursday night with a major concert by the Eagles free for all residents of the tiny principality.
Albert, 53, and his 33-year-old bride-to-be, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, will wed in a small civil ceremony inside the palace Friday and in a larger religious ceremony in the palace courtyard Saturday.
Originally posted 06/28/2011 08:20AM
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."
Originally posted 06/13/2011 06:00AM
With her wedding and honeymoon with Monaco's Prince Albert all planned out, Charlene Wittstock has turned to thoughts of family, as well as her upcoming role as princess.
"I love children," the former South African Olympic swimmer, 33, told the French newspaper JDD this weekend. "A family is in our plans. We hope to have a child soon."
As for becoming a princess, she says: "My role will be defined once I'm married ... During the last five years, I've learned palace protocol, habits and customs of the principality. Today, I feel I'm ready."
Originally posted 06/09/2011 08:30AM
What could possibly follow a fairy tale wedding? How about a magical honeymoon at a seaside resort at the other end of the world?
Monaco's Prince Albert and his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, are planning to honeymoon beside the Indian Ocean after their July 1-2 wedding in his principality, say sources at the landmark Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, South Africa.
Originally posted 05/27/2011 09:30AM
How do you say "fairy tale" in French?
As Charlene Wittstock's July wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II approaches, the future princess says she's living the dream – and learning her "ouis" from her "nons."
"It's a very exciting moment for me," the Rhodesian-born Olympic swimmer, 33, tells Madame Figaro magazine in a translated interview. "I think any woman who is lucky to be loved by the man she loves is living a fairy tale."
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