Prince Albert of Monaco and his bride Charlene spent the first few days of their marriage sleeping in separate hotels ten miles apart, his palace has confirmed.
In the latest twist to the extraordinary saga behind the glittering marriage, on arrival at their honeymoon destination, the 53-year-old billionaire immediately moved into the Hilton hotel in Durban. His 33-year-old bride Charlene moved into a suite at the seaside Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, some 10 miles away. But the senior courtier who confirmed the unusual sleeping arrangements explained it was because of practical reasons the pair spent their nights apart.
The Monaco source said: 'The Prince was in a meeting at the Hilton with members of the International Olympic Committee from July 5 to 9. For practical reasons, it was better to sleep there. '
Mike Wittstock, Charlene's retired photocopier salesman father who has already admitted that seeing his daughter married to a billionaire prince was 'like winning the World Cup', also confirmed the worrying sleeping arrangements. He said that Albert had wanted to avoid 'traffic congestion' while trying to get to early morning meetings.
The newlyweds had to cut short their original honeymoon to South Africa so he can take a DNA test to resolve a multi-million pound paternity claim, are now attempting to make up for it on another 'secret honeymoon'.Reports of Albert’s alleged philandering had driven Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, to try to run away from Monaco three times before their wedding, which has led many royal commentators in France questioning whether the £55 million wedding was a complete sham.
Despite the revelations, the Palace insisted that the couple had now headed off on a 'secret' honeymoon, away from the inquisitive eyes of the world's media and sceptics. 'It was suggested that they had returned home to Monaco last Friday, but in fact they are still travelling in South Africa,' the source added. Results of the DNA tests have not been released during the couple's South Africa trip because Charlene could have refused to return to Monaco if they pointed towards Albert having been unfaithful.
A constitutional expert last week suggested to French magazine VSD that Charlene had a ‘pact’ to produce a legitimate heir with her new husband before the couple can go their separate ways. The professor, who teaches at the lycee Albert 1 in Monaco, added: ‘It’s the main reason for this peculiar marriage.’
Editor: This "fairytale" just goes from bad to worse......