Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene, 20-Year Age Difference

Sugar Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene

Sugar Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess CharleneAlbert Alexan­dre Louis Pierre Grimaldi was born on 1958 and in March 2005, at the age of 46, it was announced that he would take over the throne from his father—the reign­ing Prince of Monaco—who was in ill health. His father died the fol­low­ing month, and Albert offi­cially took on the title of Albert II, Sov­er­eign Prince of Monaco. Today, Prince Albert is said to be the ninth rich­est royal in the world, with a net worth esti­mated to be around $1.0 billion.

The fact that Prince Albert never mar­ried when he took over the throne sparked rumors that he was gay, even though he had sev­eral past rela­tion­ships with mod­els and actresses. How­ever, it was later revealed that Prince Albert had actu­ally fathered two kids out of wed­lock with two sep­a­rate women.

In June 2010, the news broke that, at 55 years old, Prince Albert had finally decided to get mar­ried. His soon-to-be wife was South African swim­mer Char­lene Lynette Witt­stock, who was only 32 at the time. The celebrity couple’s mar­riage offi­cially took place on July 1, 2011 (civil mar­riage cer­e­mony) and July 2, 2011 (reli­gious cer­e­mony). The cel­e­bra­tions were said to be the biggest party the coun­try had seen in over 50 years.

Unfor­tu­nately, the mar­riage never report­edly started off on the best foot. Just days before the wed­ding, reports started to sur­face claim­ing that Witt­stock was hav­ing cold feet and that she wanted to leave Monaco after find­ing out that Prince Albert had a third ille­git­i­mate child. Accord­ing to the report, police picked Witt­stock up at the air­port, took away her pass­port, and con­vinced her to stay. The palace, how­ever, force­fully denied the rumors and main­tained that the report was com­pletely fic­ti­tious. But it didn’t really help their case when Princess Char­lene was pho­tographed with tears pour­ing down her face on their wed­ding day.

Even after the mar­riage was final­ized, the rumors con­tin­ued, this time claim­ing that the celebrity cou­ple was actu­ally stay­ing at two dif­fer­ent hotels while on their South African hon­ey­moon. Despite being plagued by rumors, their mar­riage has persevered.

Princess Char­lene recently opened up about the infa­mous photo of her cry­ing at their wed­ding, but main­tains that they were tears of hap­pi­ness and that the rumors of her try­ing to run away were “cat­e­gor­i­cal lies.” As she told The Times Mag­a­zine: “Every­thing was just so over­whelm­ing and there were all the mixed emo­tions because of the rumours, and obvi­ously the ten­sion built up and I burst into tears,” adding, “I think back and won­der how we man­aged to pull it off. There was a lot going on. It was beau­ti­ful; it was sen­ti­men­tal, show­ing my most inti­mate moment to the world.”

What do you think: Did Princess Char­lene make the right deci­sion to marry Prince Albert?

Sources:

“Princess Char­lene of Monaco puts run­away bride drama behind her as she shows off her swimmer’s fig­ure on lux­ury yacht hol­i­day in Sar­dinia,” Daily Mail web site; http://goo.gl/Hx6tNJ, last accessed July 29, 2013.

Ser­afin, T., “The World’s Rich­est Roy­als,” Forbes web site; http://goo.gl/vhzW6w, last accessed July 29, 2013.

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  • jsmith0552

    Gives me hope.

  • Tony Soul

    It hap­pens all the time all over the world. There shouldn’t be any prob­lem with the age dif­fer­ence. If there is love between them, the rest is balder­dash. She will also be well tak­ing care of by her charm­ing Prince.

  • You Know

    She has the money now and she can have a kid any­way she wants. What is one more kid where he is con­cerned. He has a brood of his own with­out her help.

  • Sport­line

    I was sur­prised when he chose to marry a woman.