It has emerged that Prince Albert’s new wife tried thrice to flee home to South Africa before her ‘arranged marriage’ to the Prince of Monaco, a possible hint of why she shed a tear during her wedding.
Then named Charlene Wittstock, 33, reportedly attempted to escape for the first time when she was on a tour of Paris in May to try on her wedding dress.
According to sources in Monaco, during the visit, she ‘took refuge’ in her country’s embassy in the French capital.
French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported that later in May, the Princess made a second attempt to escape during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, reports the Daily Mail.
Then, last week, royal officials are said to have confiscated her passport en route to Nice airport via the helicopter service that runs between the Mediterranean principality and France. She was then persuaded to go on with the marriage.
No wonder that the bride was spotted in floods of tears during the ceremony, while her 53-year-old husband looked on impassively.