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Prince Albert has announced that he's engaged.

 

Prince Albert of Monaco to wed

 

Dubbed 'Dirty Bertie' by the tabloid press, ex-playboy Prince Albert announces his engagement to a former Olympic swimmer.

 

Charlene Wittstock, whose engagement to Prince Albert II of Monaco was announced yesterday, is a Zimbabwe-born swimmer who has represented her adopted homeland of South Africa in the Olympics.

 

The 32-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe's main southern city Bulawayo on January 25, 1978, learned to swim at the age of three and developed a passion for the sport from the age of eight.

 

Influenced by her mother, who was also an Olympic-level swimmer, she grew up next to a swimming pool.

 

She first attracted attention for her performances in the pool in the late 1990s and represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

 

Her career high point came at the World Cup two years later when she won three gold medals, competing in the 50m and 100m backstroke as well as the 4 by 100m relay.

 

The blonde with blue eyes had already begun attracting coverage on the front pages since 2006, after being photographed on Prince Albert's arm at a number of functions in Monaco, a Riviera millionaire's playground, during a lengthy spell on the sidelines while recuperating from a shoulder injury.

 

She was first spotted with the prince in 2001 at an event in Monte Carlo and was subsequently his guest at high profile events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix in the principality and the opening of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

 

Her profile rose further when she was picked for a swimwear photo shoot by Sports Illustrated.

 

While she has been tight-lipped about her relationship with the prince, she has admitted that the initial attention from the paparazzi was hard to take.

 

"I feel now that they respect the fact that I have a career, and that I need my space," she told the Durban-based Sunday Tribune newspaper.

 

"At first it was a bit different (dealing with the media) but everything has settled now," she told the paper.

 

As rumours of their relationship swirled, Albert sued the weekly Paris-Match which published a report headlined "Albert and Charlene: a foretaste of a honeymoon", with photos of the couple on holiday in the Maldives.

 

However, it was to the same magazine that Charlene told of her meeting with former South African president Nelson Mandela, who in a London restaurant in January 2005 persuaded her to fight to take part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

 

In the end she did not compete.

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Any dirt on him?? Married before? Gay? Party boy?

 

I just tried to google him, but you'd be amazed what you find when you search "Prince Albert" :D

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I just tried to google him, but you'd be amazed what you find when you search "Prince Albert" :D

It's piercings, right?

 

Never married, at least 2 kids out of wedlock (that he's acknowledged) and still 10+ years of gay rumors. I think any guy who stays single until he's in his 50s is going to face the gay rumor......

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I just tried to google him, but you'd be amazed what you find when you search "Prince Albert" :D

It's piercings, right?

 

Yeah, and not where I'd want one if I was a guy :shocked:

 

Agreed, anyone who hasn't been married and is 50+ is going to get the gay/lesbian rumors.

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Lotsa gay rumours. 2 kids that are known - one of whose baby mama is *gasp* black.

 

He was somewhat cute when he was younger. Posted Image

 

But now, not in the least. Posted Image

 

And his little sister Stephanie is a nut! She tried to be a pop star in the 80s. Bwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrJ1Ldwz62M

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oooh.  Interesting piece from Page Six!  It is pretty crazy to see what Charlene used to look like, before all the cosmetic surgeries and injections, and how different from now.  I honestly wouldn't recognize her as the same person.

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I didn't realize how much she's had done until I started reading the recent gossip and people talked about it....And shared photos like you just did 😉

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She's still in RSA, but she misses her family so much she's ready to stow away on a boat to get back?? Hello, YOU CAN AFFORD TRANSPORTATION BY BOAT. If you want to go back to Monaco. But do you REALLY want to go back????

[I hadn't read about her "collapse" https://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2021/09/grimaldi-glitter-for-a-gala-in-monaco-and-a-tiara-surprise.html#more-34792 ]

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Apparently I am now a Charlene-watcher 😉

She never liked living with Albert (duh) and stayed out at the country estate. Apparently now she's back in Monte Carlo, she'll stay at an apartment, not with Albert. https://www.celebitchy.com/741358/princess_charlene_was_living_in_a_small_monaco_apartment_in_january_/

OK, but why wouldn't she just go back to the country house???

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https://people.com/royals/prince-albert-tells-people-princess-charlene-in-treatment-facility

What is actually going on??? She's in rehab for exhaustion (is THAT still a thing???!!!) just after finally returning to Monaco?? There are a few rumors - that's she's REALLY sick (cancer) but I don't know why they wouldn't admit that at this point? Pain pills after a year of pain & medical problems I could see too, but I'm still not sure I buy the specific medical problems they are admitting to.....If she's just trying to get away from him, it's a clusterf*ck......

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Wow. Those recent photos are startling. It does look like she’s had surgery, though at the same time, she also just lost a crap ton of weight and maybe that makes her face look very different? She does NOT look well. But I also thought Angelina looked scary bad in recent photos and other people thought she looked great, so maybe I’ve just become my grandmother.

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