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Monday
Jan092012

Kate Middleton Turns 30: How Will She Celebrate?

Simon James/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- How does a princess celebrate the start of her third decade? Monday is the day the world will find out as Kate Middleton, the newlywed bride of Prince William, turns the big 3-0.

The Duchess of Cambridge spent her birthday eve in the public eye, attending the London premiere of the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, in Leicester Square, followed by a charity dinner.

Exactly how the royal couple will celebrate Kate’s actual birthday Monday remains to be seen, and speculation around the milestone has become a parlor game in England, and even here in the U.S.

The UK’s Daily Mail got royal watchers buzzing with a Jan. 5 article speculating that Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and royal brother-in-law, Prince Harry, were planning a blowout, ’80s themed party at a “secret pop-up venue” in London.

The article said the party would feature cocktails and karaoke, and that guests, said to be close family and friends, had already received their invitations for the “secretly arranged party.”

The Daily Mail’s report came from Grazia, a British fashion magazine, which cited a “royal source” in saying the party had been “months in the planning,” and that Pippa and Harry have “been in the thick” of the planning.

But, the story was not true, said the palace, which issued a brief statement on the couple’s plans, or lack thereof, to celebrate Kate’s special day.

“Whatever is planned will be low-key and private,” said a spokesman for St. James’s Palace.

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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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