It definitely pays to marry a prince. On a recent cover of ¡Hola! magazine (the Spanish edition of Canada’s Hello! magazine), Princess Charlene of Monaco, 36, showed off a stunning gift from her husband, 55-year-old Prince Albert of Monaco: the Ocean tiara, made by Van Cleef and Arpels, adorned with 850 diamonds and over 350 sapphires.
In honor of the publication’s 70th anniversary, Princess Charlene gave a rare interview from inside the palace grounds, during which she opened up about her husband and their May-December marriage.
Although their marriage was once rumored to be forced by the royal family, Princess Charlene maintains that she has never been more in love with the older man. “My husband is my biggest support, the person that I confide in and who knows me best,” she told the magazine, adding, “We must fight for what we believe in, forgive, move forward and not give up.”
In another recent interview with the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, Princess Charlene admitted that she and her husband have been through “many difficult moments and profound changes” throughout their two-and-a-half-year marriage, but that the challenge of staying together has only brought them closer.
By difficult moments, the former Olympian may be referring to the rumors that she was having cold feet about the marriage, partly because she had just found out that her soon-to-be husband had fathered a third illegitimate child. The couple even reportedly spent their South African honeymoon in different hotels. There were also rumors that surfaced two years into their marriage that Princess Charlene was having an affair with rugby player Byron Kelleher, who was much closer to her in age.
Nonetheless, the royal couple has managed to overcome these “difficult moments,” and their marriage seems to be rock solid now. “I have a boundless confidence in our love: Prince Albert is my husband, but he has also always been my best friend, and has been able to help me overcome obstacles that seemed insurmountable.”
Princess Charlene even revealed that she’s ready for kids. “I want motherhood very much, but everything is in God’s hands,” she told Vanity Fair.
What do you think: What’s the most extravagant gift you’ve ever received from a man?
Smith, E.W., “Princess Charlene of Monaco Talks Marriage To Prince Albert, Wears Ocean Tiara On Cover Of Hola! Magazine,” Fashion & Style web site, April 16, 2014; http://goo.gl/uXJq6o.
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