Palace Swats 'Ugly' Rumors of Albert's Runaway Bride

Fiancee Charlene Wittstock apparently didn't try to call off wedding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2011 10:04 AM CDT
Monaco Palace Wedding Rumors: Prince Albert II, Charlene Wittstock Fight Gossip on Wedding Weekend
A general view of Sainte Devote church ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock on June 30, 2011 in Monaco.   (Getty Images)

An aide to Prince Albert II has dismissed as "ugly rumors" news reports the sovereign's fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, tried to call off the wedding and return to her native South Africa. Christiane Stahl says the reports, which have appeared in several European publications, are "the very incarnation of jealousy." Stahl told Monaco-Info yesterday that "only jealousy could push people to start such violent, such ugly rumors just a few days before a marriage."

Albert and Wittstock, a 33-year-old ex-Olympic swimmer, will be married in two-day-long festivities tomorrow and Saturday. Stahl said the couple were "affected" by the rumors, but added they are concentrating on last-minute preparations. (Click to read more about the couple's long road to wedded bliss.)

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