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Sting in the fairytale as newlywed Prince Albert faces paternity tests

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Monaco's royal wedding

Europe's smallest principality welcomes a new royal as Prince Albert II marries in a star studded celebration in Monaco.

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MONACO: Amid the splendour of the Mediterranean principality's Italian Renaissance palace, Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock had their marriage blessed in a Roman Catholic church service. However, even as the couple took their vows, Prince Albert's colourful past threatened to overshadow the proceedings.

In a briefing to journalists, a senior palace official confirmed rumours that Prince Albert will have paternity tests within days, following claims he has fathered a third child out of wedlock.

''The truth of the rumour is that Albert faces paternity tests following a claim by at least one former lover,'' the official said.

All white ... Princess Charlene dries her eyes as she and husband Prince Albert leave their marriage blessing.

All white ... Princess Charlene dries her eyes as she and husband Prince Albert leave their marriage blessing. Photo: Reuters

Prince Albert already has a seven-year-old son, Alexandre, with a former Togolese air steward, Nicole Coste, and a 19-year-old daughter, Jazmin, with Tamara Rotolo, an American estate agent.

Despite the development, none of Prince Albert's illegitimate children will have a claim to the throne, the official said. ''Even if a third or even a fourth child is confirmed, Albert will not have an official heir until Princess Charlene bears him one,'' he said.

The French magazine Public has claimed Prince Albert fathered ''two new illegitimate children'', saying one is understood to be 18 months old and the son of an Italian woman who is preparing to take her story to the press.

The newly married Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at Sainte Devote church. Click for more photos

Monaco Royal Wedding

Monaco‚Äôs Prince Albert II has married South African Charlene Wittstock, who is now Princess Charlene. 

Other publications have suggested Ms Coste could have had a second baby to the prince. The 39-year-old raised eyebrows on Thursday when she was pictured in Monte Carlo on the eve of the wedding. But, for all the background rumours, Monaco still basked in glittering pomp and majesty.

Huge red-and-white flags, the colours of the principality, were draped from windows of luxury high-rises in the world's second smallest state, along with the colours of South Africa.

To the strains of Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional South African songs, the royal couple were watched by the kings of Spain, Sweden, Lesotho and Belgium, as well as the presidents of France, Iceland, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Germany and Hungary.

Household names on the guest list included the Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose fashion house made Princess Charlene's civil wedding suit.

Also present were the supermodel Naomi Campbell (a former flame of the prince's), the American soprano Renee Fleming and the actor Roger Moore.

In a solemn ceremony, the couple were asked to take each other as husband and wife. Both replied ''oui'', no doubt to the immense relief of palace officials.

Monaco hopes the star-studded event will regild the fortunes of the low-tax haven, still struggling to recover from the financial crisis.

Since 2008, tourism had fallen 9 per cent in two years before picking up recently.

Takings at the casinos are down 14 per cent.

Telegraph, London

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34 comments

  • He's a prince. Isn't he meant to spread the royal seed far & wide?

    Commenter
    HaHa!
    Location
    Uranus
    Date and time
    July 04, 2011, 9:30AM
    • maybe it is just me, but was this the most miserable royal wedding you have ever seen?he barely cracked a smile and her smiles and tears were ridicilously fake. surely this marriage is for the people. they look like they cannot stand each other.

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      clarky
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 04, 2011, 9:53AM
      • And yet the Catholic Church were still happy to marry these two emotional cripples.

        One rule for the politically and wealth favoured, another religious gaze for everyone else.

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        MJ
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        kicking the bull-dust
        Date and time
        July 04, 2011, 9:56AM
        • Good on him - really he should have fathered at least ten with all those riches and all that time as a bachelor. Looks like some of his GFs were not smart enough to let some of his royal highness slip through!

          Security code: WHILLY!!

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          anna hathis
          Location
          sindenee
          Date and time
          July 04, 2011, 10:01AM
          • Clarky, I thought the couple looked very sad, and wished they weren't going through the whole ceremony. Now we know at least one -- sorry, two -- reasons why.

            Commenter
            Professor Rosseforp
            Date and time
            July 04, 2011, 10:09AM
            • they look like they cannot stand each other.
              clarky | sydney - July 04, 2011, 9:53AM

              Maybe they're just upset they have to endure a Jean Michael Jarre concert after...

              Commenter
              kb
              Location
              sydney
              Date and time
              July 04, 2011, 10:10AM
              • You could see that she wasnt happy at all, Whoever stopped her running away should have left her to do so. Having a husband that doesnt seem to have many moral values with more children turning up, is a huge shock to her system. If Diana had been allowed to walk away the eve of her wedding like she said she would have done. She might have been still alive today.
                I feel sorry for Charlene she looks a woman who has been forced into this union against her will.
                She will give him an heir but that is all. Maybe this is why she came back just to do that. he then will be able to carry on and do what he does best sowing seeds. I wouldnt call him a prince either.

                Commenter
                Just me of nsw
                Location
                nsw
                Date and time
                July 04, 2011, 10:11AM
                • Yes, the wedding looked uncomfortable and forced.

                  However, when compared to the recent British Royal nuptials, the bride was far more elegant. Although Kate is a more attractive individual, the British designers let he down. Her gown, bouquet, hair and makeup aged her, was stilted and lacked panache for a modern royal. Despite the pomp and pagentry, Kate Middleton was made to look miserable (in the sense of being miserly).

                  Charlene Wittstock chose an Italian designer for her gown. Despite the length of the train, it was simple and elegant, as befits a modern royal. It showed up the British designers. They didn't try to "borrow" from the Grace Kelly wedding as the Brits did in their attempt to achieve high style.

                  Nobody designs as the Italians do.

                  Commenter
                  mad4modern
                  Location
                  sydney
                  Date and time
                  July 04, 2011, 10:21AM
                  • Over-the-top expense and luxury could not disguise the strain and obvious lack of chemistry between Monaco's prince and Charlene. His roving eye winked numerous times in the most undignified way, and her melancholy face and those tears ... painful to watch. There is much more than meets the eye in this story.

                    Commenter
                    BlueSkyOne
                    Location
                    Silicon Valley, California
                    Date and time
                    July 04, 2011, 10:28AM
                    • Who cares how she feels!!! She's married into Royalty & just needs to deal with it. She doesn't have to like him, he doesn't have to like her, just produce an heir. It's real simple & has been happening for 100's of years. She is common & should be thankful for the privilege.

                      Commenter
                      Schultz
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                      Eastern Suburbs
                      Date and time
                      July 04, 2011, 10:37AM

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