Princess Charlene MIA on anniversary amid Albert cheat rumors

It’s not precisely a fairy story.

Thursday was the tenth anniversary of the wedding of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert, the sovereign ruler of Monaco. But this royal couple was separated by 1000’s of miles, as Charlene is holed up in her native South Africa. The palace says she’s affected by a critical ear, nostril and throat an infection and needing a number of “procedures” that can maintain her there “indefinitely.”

But some in Monaco — a gossipy, postage-stamp principality smaller than Central Park — surprise if historical past is repeating itself.

A decade in the past, Princess Charlene reportedly tried to bolt Monaco proper earlier than her splashy, $75 million two-day marriage ceremony, probably due to her prince fathering yet one more illegitimate youngster.

Now the runaway bride appears to have change into the runaway spouse.

Charlene reportedly tried to flee before her 2011 wedding to Prince Albert.
Charlene reportedly tried to flee earlier than her 2011 marriage ceremony to Prince Albert.
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She hasn’t been seen in Monaco — which lies simply west of the Italian border and east of Nice — since January, leaving her husband and their 6-year-old twins, Gabriella and Jacques, to hold on at public occasions just like the Monaco Grand Prix with out her.

Rumors are flying that it’s due to new claims that Albert fathered an illegitimate youngster — his third. Last December, phrase bought out that he had been hit with a brand new paternity swimsuit, from a Brazilian girl who stated he fathered her 15-year-old daughter whereas Albert and Charlene have been relationship.

Soon after, Princess Charlene turned up in public with a shocking new punk buzzcut and heavy black eyeliner.

“She cut her hair the day she found out,” a longtime resident of Monaco who’s near the palace advised The Post. “It was a radical move designed to show him and all of us how bad she felt and what terrible news this was — at least to her.”

Not that the topics of Monaco have a lot sympathy.

Charlene, 43, is seen by some residents as a uninteresting, vapid model of the colourful, cultured Princess Grace, Albert’s mom, who received an Oscar as Grace Kelly earlier than marrying Prince Rainier in 1956. Charlene hardly ever smiles in public and has been dubbed the “sad princess.” People have even criticized her title, saying she ought to be known as “Charlotte” quite than the downscale “Charlene,” and accusing her of getting had an excessive amount of cosmetic surgery.

Insiders say she shaved her head in January after learning of a ­paternity suit against Albert.
Insiders say she shaved her head in January after studying of a ­paternity swimsuit towards Albert.

“Have you tried to talk to her?” one other longtime Monaco resident stated to The Post. “She can’t move anything at all, can’t smile, can’t show any expression, cold as ice all the way around. Compared to Kate [Middleton] she’s not even human.”

Charlene Wittstock was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1978 to Michael Wittstock, a photocopier salesman, and his spouse Lynette, a former aggressive diver and coach. The household moved to South Africa in 1989. A longtime aggressive swimmer, Charlene was on a South African ladies’s medley staff that got here in fifth on the 2000 Summer Olympics.

That similar yr, she met Prince Albert, now 63, however the two didn’t go public as a pair till six years later — throughout a tumultuous interval in Albert’s life.

In 2005, his father, Prince Rainier, died and Albert was enthroned as the brand new ruler of Monaco. But lower than every week earlier than, Albert had been pressured to confess that he had fathered an illegitimate son, Alexandre, with Nicole Coste, a flight attendant from Tongo whom he had met on an Air France jet.

While this was going on, Tamara Rotolo — a former waitress from California who met the prince on a trip to the Riviera — was preventing to show that Albert was the daddy of her daughter, Jazmin Grace, born in 1992. Following a DNA check, Albert acknowledged Jazmin as his daughter in 2006.

Albert’s (identified) children

Both Jazmin, now 29, and Alexandre, 17, are supported by their father and use his Grimaldi surname, however neither is in succession for the throne.

In 2011, reports that Charlene had tried to flee the palace earlier than her marriage ceremony concerned rumors about Prince Albert and the way he had both had a 3rd youngster out of wedlock or that he was nonetheless seeing Nicole Coste behind Charlene’s again.

“We think it was both,” a Monaco insider advised The Post. “But it was mainly that we think that Charlene found out Albert was still dipping his stick in Nicole Coste’s cookie.”

Charlene reportedly tried to interrupt free thrice: as soon as searching for refuge on the South African Embassy whereas in France for a costume becoming, then attempting to slide away in the course of the Monaco Grand Prix and, lastly, reserving a one-way ticket to her house nation — solely to be stopped on the airport.

Though Monaco palace officers strenuously denied allegations on the time, France’s revered L’Express journal reported a number of days earlier than the marriage that Wittstock had tried to flee Monaco after studying one thing “troubling” about Prince Albert however was “intercepted” at Nice International Airport and “persuaded” to return to the principality.

Princess Charlène and Prince Albert attend the Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health on September 24, 2020.
Princess Charlène and Prince Albert attend the Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health on September 24, 2020.
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Many famous that Charlene appeared unhappy and cried at instances throughout her marriage ceremony however she later stated they have been tears of pleasure.

Thierry Lacoste, Albert’s legal professional and the son of Nadia Lacoste, Princess Grace’s longtime spokeswoman, threatened to sue L’Express on the time and get them to retract the report, however by no means did.

In Monaco, Charlene’s visibility on her anniversary has been restricted to highly-produced romantic videos commemorating her love story along with her husband. The collection started rolling out final week on her Instagram account.

“Happy anniversary, Albert,” she wrote. “Thank you for the blessing of our children.”

Though the official phrase is that she’s solely been in South Africa for a month, many consider she’s been there a minimum of since March, when she confirmed up on the funeral of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, an in depth good friend, on the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal.

Though typically scorned in Monaco, Charlene is beloved in her homeland the place she’s shut buddies with a few of the nation’s strongest black elite, together with multi-millionaire entrepreneur Bridgette Radebe, who assisted at her marriage ceremony.

Charlene reportedly contracted an an infection whereas on a wildlife conservation mission to help the endangered rhinos of South Africa in May.

She minimize her hair the day she came upon. It was a dramatic transfer . . .

Monaco palace insider on Princess Charlene’s response to the information of a paternity swimsuit towards Prince Albert

Her spokesperson stated she’s already had a minimum of one process and must have extra. But the locals in Monaco, who’ve by no means warmed to Charlene, don’t essentially consider the official story.

They say even when she actually is sick she has different causes to remain away — and stick it to her less-than-charming prince.

In December 2020 the Daily Mail reported {that a} 34-year-old girl claimed she had had a “passionate affair” with Albert, resulting in the start of a daughter on July 4, 2005.

The woman wrote to Albert in September 2020 saying, “I don’t understand why I grew up without a father and now that I have found you, you don’t want to see me.”

But Charlene seemed to be standing by her man — a minimum of in her selection of phrases. She advised Point of Vue magazine in late January: “When my husband has problems, he tells me about it. I often tell him, ‘No matter what, I’m a thousand percent behind you. I’ll stand by you whatever you do, in good times or bad.”

The claimant’s Italian lawyer, Erich Grimaldi (no relation to the princely household) advised The Post {that a} listening to is ready for a Rome court docket in September to find out whether or not the prince ought to have immunity from having to take a DNA check, though he has for different circumstances up to now.

“I no understand why the prince no take a test. What’s the matter?” Erich Grimaldi advised The Post on the cellphone from his workplace in Naples. “He says he is a sovereign so he doesn’t have to take the test. The court in Rome will decide that.”

“The claim is totally false,” Thierry Lacoste advised The Post. “It’s based only on lies and is akin to blackmail.”

Lacoste didn’t clarify, nevertheless, why the prince has to this point refused to take the check.

Meanwhile, one Charlene supporter in Monaco stated that, in actual fact, her dramatic haircut and extended absence really present in actual fact how a lot she cares about Albert — and that she isn’t as chilly and unemotional as portrayed.

“If she wasn’t into him, she wouldn’t have this reaction,” the supporter stated. “She’d just go down to Chopard, buy another necklace and consider it an even deal. There’s much more to Charlene than meets the eye.”

“She’s really a mystery,” the palace insider agreed. “But whatever is really going on with her, I don’t think she will stay away from Monaco forever. I think she loves her kids and her prince — and she’ll be back.”

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