Monaco Princess Tried to Flee Wedding 3 Times

Wittstock spooked by Prince Albert's growing number of out-of-wedlock kids
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2011 4:28 AM CDT
Monaco Princess Tried to Flee Wedding 3 Times
Prince Albert II and a frozen-faced Charlene Wittstock depart the Monaco palace after their weekend wedding ceremony.   (AP Photo/Benoit Tessier, Pool)

The bride who didn't look all that excited to wed Monaco's Prince Albert tried to flee the ultra-luxe wedding not one but three times, sources now say. Charlene Wittstock was reportedly stopped by cops just last week at an airport in France, where she was about to head to her South African home on a one-way ticket. Now pals say that was only the most recent in a string of runaway bride attempts by the Olympic swimmer, who's not too keen about her prince's wandering ways, notes the Telegraph. She even tried to seek refuge in the South African embassy in Paris while visiting there in May, but her passport was confiscated, and she was persuaded to go ahead with the ceremony. Some secretive "arrangement" was worked out that convinced Wittstock, 33, to marry the 53-year-old prince.

The prince is known to be a serial bedder, and has at least two out-of-wedlock children—one with an American real estate agent and another with a Togolese flight attendant. It was the revelation that he has a third and likely a fourth out-of-wedlock child that drove his long-time love to the nearest airport, several French newspapers have reported. "Even if a third or even a fourth child is confirmed, Albert will not have an official heir until Princess Charlene bears him one," said a palace spokesman in an appallingly weak attempt to soothe the new princess. Al should keep a close eye on his bride during the honeymoon. They'll be in her home in South Africa, and it might be tough to drag her back on the plane in full view of the public. (More Charlene Wittstock stories.)

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