This seems to be the year of royal weddings and engagements. Recently Sweden’s Princess Victoria got married. And now we announce the engagement of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa.
Albert, 52 and Wittstock 32, met in 2000 when Wittstock traveled to Monaco for swimming competition. She worked as a school teacher before moving to Monaco. The wedding date has not been announced yet but as per the protocol, royal couples must wait for at least six months between the announcement of the engagement and the wedding day.
The wealthy Mediterranean has not seen a crown princess since American Grace Kelly’s death in a car accident in 1982. Kelly had married Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III in 1956 and her death cast a pall of tragedy over the royal family.
Albert who has never been married before succeeded the throne in July 2005 after the death of his father. Reportedly Albert has fathered two children out of the wedlock, one born by a flight attendant and the other a teenager now born to a Californian woman.
The new couple had attended Sweden’s royal wedding in Stockholm last weekend. Wittstock is trying to fit in the new role of the soon to be royal princess. There has been negative economic press around Albert due to his playboy image but the engagement comes as a fresh whiff of air.