Prince Albert's bride 'tried to run away THREE times'
During the visit, she ‘took refuge’ in ...
her country’s embassy in the French capital, sources in Monaco said.
Then, last week, royal officials are said to have confiscated her passport en route to Nice airport via the helicopter service that runs between the Mediterranean principality and France. She was then persuaded to go on with the marriage. ‘Several sources have confirmed that an arrangement was reached between the future bride and groom,’ reported Le Journal du Dimanche. Sources said the Monaco palace had hoped the glitzy wedding – attended by a host of celebrities and European royalty – would ‘overshadow’ new claims about secret children fathered by Albert. Instead, Charlene was in floods of tears at one point, while her 53-year-old husband looked on impassively. Meanwhile, the reception that followed provoked ridicule with tacky features such as a giant wedding cake that towered over the couple and a mirrored dance floor.
Tomorrow the couple are due to fly to South Africa on honeymoon, presenting Charlene with her best chance yet of ‘escaping’ Monaco.
‘The truth of the rumour is that Albert faces paternity tests following a claim by at least one former lover,’ said the source. None of Albert’s illegitimate brood will have a claim to the throne. The official said: ‘Albert will not have an official heir until Princess Charlene bears him one.’ There was not enough time to organise DNA tests before the wedding, but the source said they would go ahead in the next few days.
The French magazine Public has attributed ‘two new illegitimate children’ to Albert. One is said to be the 18-month-old son of an Italian woman who is preparing to tell all. Others, including Voici magazine, have suggested Miss Coste could have had a second baby by Albert – an idea that gained credibility last week when the 40-year-old beauty was pictured in Monte Carlo.