Sure, Prince Albert is mega-rich, and his mother, former actress, Grace Kelly, was one of the most glamorous and beloved Hollywood stars of the 20th century, but the ruler of the tiny, casino-rich principality of Monaco remains a shameful, world Scam-stricken person on stage.
Consider the latest report in a French gossip magazine alleging that Albert pays his often miserable looking wife, Princess Charlene, $12.5 million a year to be with him.
As The Mirror reports, French magazine Voisy reports the latest twist in Albert and Charlene’s rollercoaster marriage and Albert’s troubled reputation.
Friends of the 64-year-old prince refute reports that his wife, former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, was paid to return to her royal duties and make public appearances with him and her 7-year-old He is going. Older twins, Jacques and Gabriella.
Charlene, 44, was absent from Monaco in 2021 and early 2022, first in South Africa and then at a clinic in Switzerland after recovering from a protracted illness and exhaustion, Page Six reports.
A source told Page Six: “Charlene is very happy to be back with Albert and the kids, after being away for so long during the illness.” “They spend every weekend in their country.”
In any case, Charlene will not need more money from Albert, the source said. “Of course he has a generous prenup, but Albert doesn’t have to pay him to stay,” the source said.
True or not, the report was picked up by outlets in Europe and the United States, perhaps because it sounded plausible, and because Albert is so easy to pick up.
The prince, who once competed on Monaco’s Olympic bobsled team, makes a good argument for the anti-monarchy as he comes across as a pampered and privileged beneficiary of the immensely inherited wealth.
Albert is one of the lesser European royal titles that still exist in the 21st century. In addition, he controls a picturesque area of land along the Mediterranean Sea that has long fought a reputation as a refuge for wealthy tax dozers and money launderers – “a sunny place for shady people”, as in Writer W Somerset Maugham once said so, The New York Times reported.
Albert is believed to have been known as a “good man”, according to a New York Times report published in April 2005 after the “bachelor prince” ascended the throne upon the death of his father, Prince Rainier. At the very least, Albert showed more dignity in his position than his “bad girl” younger sister, Stephanie, “a staunch aristocratic wild child” who is best known for his love affairs with “the most unsuitable of men”. known, the Times said.
But Albert also developed a playboy reputation, inspired by his scandalous affairs with a flight attendant, a German topless model, and several other women. At least two of those cases resulted in children, but they could not join the line of succession because Albert refused to marry their mothers. A third woman also came forward in 2020 to claim that she gave birth to her child during his marriage to Charlene, but the matter remains unresolved.
As for Charlene, she and Albert first met at a swimming meet in Monaco in 2000, when she was 22 years old. They began dating, went public as a couple in 2006, got engaged in 2010, and married in 2011 in a lavish $100 million celebration. The Daily Mirror also reported what is considered Monaco’s “biggest party in 55 years”.
The Daily Beast reported that unhappiness in their relationship has long been a matter of fascination. Charlene reportedly tried to escape from Monaco three times before the wedding, at one point seeking sanctuary at the South African embassy in Paris. She cried openly on her wedding day as well.
It has never been entirely clear what was involved in Charlene’s long illness. Page Six said she fell ill while touring South Africa in May 2021 and reportedly suffered from severe ear, nose and throat infections, lost an “alarming” amount of weight and underwent multiple surgeries. He was reported to have “nearly died” in South Africa in November.
Charlene returned to Monaco sometime in November, but went for a four-month stay in a facility in Switzerland, suffering from “profound” emotional and physical “exhaustion”, Albert said in an interview with People in November. disclosed.
“She was overwhelmed and could not cope with official duties, normal life or even family life,” Albert also said.
Beyond that, the prince didn’t say much about his wife’s condition, but he vehemently dismissed reports that her physical or emotional problems had nothing to do with their relationship.
“I’m probably going to say this several times, but it has nothing to do with our relationship,” Albert told People. “I want to make it very clear. These are not a problem with our relationship; not a husband-wife relationship. It is of a different nature.”
As Page Six reports, for now, Charlene appears to be ready to return to royal duties in Monaco, whether or not she is being paid to do so. She participated in the Monaco E-Prix car race championship with Albert and their children earlier this month, and the couple plan to show a “united front” in a series of events that benefit their children’s sports foundation. Do and take during the Formula 1 Monaco Grand. Prix, page six added over the weekend of 28 and 29 May.