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Wednesday
Jul132011

Monaco's Royals Slept Apart on Honeymoon

Tony Barson/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince Albert of Monaco and his bride Charlene spent the first few days of their marriage sleeping in separate hotels 10 miles apart, his palace has confirmed, continuing the honeymoon drama that appears to have the newlyweds in more royal trouble than wedded bliss.

In the latest twist to the saga behind their glamorous marriage, after arriving at their honeymoon destination of South Africa, the 53-year-old prince immediately moved into the Hilton hotel in Durban.

His 33-year-old bride, Charlene Wittstock, moved instead into a suite at a hotel some 10 miles away, in the seaside town of Umhlanga Rocks.

The explanation is that he wanted to avoid the traffic in the morning to get to early meetings, Peter Allen of the UK's The Daily Mail told ABC News. "So he stayed there, leaving poor old Charlene 10 miles up the coast at a seaside hotel."

A Monaco palace official confirmed the unusual sleeping arrangements.

"The Prince was in a meeting at the Hilton with members of the International Olympic Committee from July 5 to 9. For practical reasons, it was better to sleep there," a Monaco senior courtier told the Daily Mail.

"You have to ask, why couldn't Charlene have stayed in Durban?" Allen said to ABC News. "It's a mystery."

The separate time apart may have given the royal couple, married just weeks ago in an extravagant $55 million, three-day royal wedding, time to think about their future.

Ever since the couple left Monaco after their July 2 wedding, bound for Wittstock's native South Africa, their honeymoon has been overshadowed by headlines that the seemingly reluctant bride was demanding a paternity test to determine if her new husband had cheated on her during their five-year courtship.

Albert already has two confirmed illegitimate children, and rumors of a third love child were widely suspected to be behind Wittstock's reported attempts to escape their marriage.

Days before their fairy-tale wedding that set Monaco abuzz, news reports surfaced that Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, had bolted for the airport, some reports saying as many as three times, with a one-way ticket to her family's South African home.

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Friday
Jul082011

Honeymoon Already over for Monaco's Royal Couple?

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images(LONDON) -- They were married in an extravagant $55 million, three-day royal wedding and are now honeymooning in South Africa, staying in an $8,000-per-night luxury suite. But, apparently, money cannot buy happiness for Prince Albert of Monaco and his new bride, Charlene Wittstock.

Prince Albert, 53, is reportedly trying to persuade his wife, 33, to stick with him a week after what should have been their fairy tale wedding.

Days before their July 2 wedding that set Monaco abuzz, news reports surfaced that Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, had bolted for the airport, some reports saying as many as three times, with a one-way ticket back to South Africa.

Albert already has two confirmed illegitimate children, and rumors of a third love child are now widely suspected to be behind Wittstock's escape attempts.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that Wittstock is "desperate" to know whether Albert cheated on her and fathered a child during their five-year courtship.

Albert has reportedly undergone DNA tests demanded by his bride, although it's unlikely the results will be released while the couple honeymoons in South Africa for fears that Wittstock would flee while away from the constraints of her marriage in Monaco.

Wittstock's new husband has a notorious playboy past, having dated a string of celebrity women through the years, including U.S. actresses Brooke Shields and Gwyneth Paltrow, and supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.

Albert has a 6-year-old son named Alexandre with a former flight attendant, and a 19-year-old daughter, Jazmin, with a U.S. real estate agent. Under Monegasque law, because both were fathered out of wedlock, neither Alexandre nor Jazmin can become a legitimate heir to the throne, something Monaco and its royal family desperately seek.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Monaco's Prince Albert to Wed Former South African Olympian

Tony Barson/WireImage(MONACO) -- All of Monaco is preparing for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Albert and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.

The flags are flying, the harbor is crowded with yachts, and those who want to land their jets in nearby Nice must prove that they are invited guests at the multi-day affair later this week.

"I think it's a huge deal for Monaco," Catherine Ostler, a contributing editor to the Daily Mail, told ABC News. "They haven't had a wedding this big for 50 years, since Rainier married Grace Kelly."

The entire world was fixated on that fairytale wedding -- of Monaco's Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, an American movie star -- in 1956.  The union produced three children -- Prince Albert and his sisters, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline.

Wittstock competed in the 2000 Olympics for South Africa. The 33-year-old was born in Zimbabwe to working-class parents: her father, Michael, is a sales manager and her mother, Lynette, is a retired swim coach.

After the wedding, Wittstock will assume the title of Her Serene Highness, the Princess of Monaco.  Her future husband is 53 years old.

The event is already being compared to the recent royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  But those in the know say the three days of festivities planned at Monaco's royal palace will outshine the April 29 ceremony in Britain.

A concert by rock legends, the Eagles, will start the countdown on Thursday.

There will be a civil ceremony on Friday and a religious one on Saturday.  About 3,500 people have been invited, and a fireworks display is planned.

Rumors that Wittstock had thought to escape the marriage by escaping to South Africa were quickly extinguished by the palace.

Recent reports have said that she has been overwhelmed by the preparations, by her lack of friends in Monaco and by her failure to speak French, the official language of the tiny but wealthy European nation.

Of the rumors, a palace spokesperson told People magazine: "None of this is true, and we think it comes from utter jealousy."

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