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2011-07-04 08:35
Cape Town – Marthinus van Schalkwyk, minister of tourism and South Africa’s official representative at this past weekend’s royal wedding in Monaco, refused to comment on whether rumours of paternity tests and illegitimate children in any way marred an otherwise special occasion.

When asked whether there was the slightest hint of rumours being discussed by guests at the wedding, Van Schalkwyk maintained that he refused to become involved or deliver any comment on the matter.

According to Van Schalkwyk, South Africans at the wedding felt that the reception at times felt “just like a real, enjoyable South African wedding”.

Natural ambassador

South African flags were everywhere to be seen “almost like the opening of parliament in Cape Town,” he told Die Burger.

“It’s a wonderful occasion for our country, to see that people don’t forget their roots.”

Van Schalkwyk and his wife Suzette shared a table with Charlene and her family at Saturday’s wedding, but felt that infringing on the bridal pair’s big day by making chit chat would not have been in line with proper protocol.

Van Schalkwyk referred to Princess Charlene as one of those people who are natural ambassadors for their country.

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