Separate beds for royal couple

Durban - It was supposed to be their fairytale honeymoon in Africa, but Princess Charlene slept alone in a bedroom 16km from her prince.

Charlene Wittstock, now Princess Charlene of Monaco, arrived in Durban this week with Prince Albert to host a wedding reception for South African friends and dignitaries who could not make it to Monaco.

The reception was at the swanky Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban.

It was widely reported that the royal couple would be staying in the presidential suite, at R25 000 per night.

However, it has been confirmed by hotel spokesperson Joanne Hayes that Princess Charlene stayed in the Buthelezi suite (R10 600 per night).


Prince Albert stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Durban.

This royal marriage has seemed doomed from the start. Shortly before the wedding last week, reports surfaced that Charlene had tried three times to flee the principality and return to South Africa.

Reports in the French media suggested Prince Albert had recently fathered a third child out of wedlock, despite the fact that he was engaged to Charlene since 2006.

Officials in Monaco confirmed that Albert was facing new paternity tests.

The couple attended a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Durban and on Thursday night hosted a gala ceremony to celebrate their nuptials.

Left in two cars

However, when they met President Jacob Zuma they arrived in the same car but left in two separate vehicles.

At Zuma’s residence, they met with the president for 30 minutes and then reappeared for pictures.

Zuma jokingly told Prince Albert he had not paid lobola, and said while he could not attend the wedding, the private meeting had more than made up for it.

When photographers urged the royal couple to kiss, it was another of those awkward moments – Charlene turned her head away and Prince Albert ended up giving her a peck on the cheek.

Pictures of Charlene taken this week showed an unhappy woman who rarely smiled. The only time she showed real delight was when Archbishop Desmond Tutu hugged her.

Charlene and Albert cut short their South African stay on Friday, citing urgent business in Monaco as their reason.

Vince 2011-07-10 10:29:56 AM
gaf 2011-07-10 10:39:31 AM
stop writing absolute rubbish please... does this serve any purpose but to break down something that is good?
pat2luke 2011-07-10 10:45:28 AM
Plenty of girls around the Hilton Hotel
Jakob 2011-07-10 10:48:05 AM
LMFAO!!!! gold diggers. shud hav ran away rather my love
zule 2011-07-10 10:52:21 AM
EEEEEEESSSSHHH...this doesn't sound good at all
Kingsize 2011-07-10 11:01:36 AM
Yet she still chose to marry him . . Woman and money . . Amazing what they will endure for it! No sympathy!
tiotudg 2011-07-10 11:13:21 AM
Dit voorspel ongelukkig niks goeds nie.
Ampers 2011-07-10 11:15:11 AM
Not too important in 21st Century world, and a sad story to boot.
Zinki 2011-07-10 11:20:44 AM
It must be really difficult for her to pretend and have to kiss him for the cameras. She must be terribly lonely and unhappy right now with this paternity test hanging over their heads. I just hope her own family did not force her into it. I am glad everyone here in SA gave her a very warm welcome. She is loved here in SA.
PMG 2011-07-10 11:21:03 AM
Hey Charlene - You are the one that is now starting to look very stupid and manipulitive,its simple if your not happy LEAVE.The last time i checked this was still a free country,you cant have it both ways,the glamour,money and a title without the cheating,ugly scum prince.Who would want to bed that balding pork pie anyway.What women will do for money?