Prince Albert lashes out over rumours

2011-07-21 12:50
Monaco - Prince Albert II of Monaco has summoned journalists to castigate them for publishing "rumours" about his new marriage to Princess Charlene, saying someone in Monaco wanted to cause trouble.

"We want to express our indignation at these rumours," Albert, 53, told journalists from three local newspapers he called to the palace over stories about his marriage to South African Charlene Wittstock, 33.

"It's unbearable," Nice-Matin's Thursday edition quoted the prince as saying.

"What's regrettable is that the media pick up these rumours without verifying the information," said the prince, who married the former swimming champion at a lavish ceremony in July amid swirling rumours of a rift.

Trying to cause harm

"I find that unworthy on the part of your colleagues. I've always respected freedom of expression. But publishing false information is lamentable and subject to criminal penalties.

"Sometimes these rumours make us smile, for example when the media reported that the princess and I did not sleep in the same hotel in South Africa. That was for obvious practical reasons."

Albert said that the couple managed to "escape the paparazzi" by holidaying in Mozambique from July 9-20. It was "a marvellous stay. We weren't disturbed," he said.

"There's one or more people in Monaco who are trying to cause harm," the prince said, declining to give any names.


  • Moersteen - 2011-07-21 13:25

    Liar liar pants on fire...

      Andy49 - 2011-07-21 22:23

      not surprised that you support the Sharks.

      sc? - 2011-07-22 08:47

      pants on fire with his zipper open......

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-21 13:49

    I stopped buying newspapers a few years ago. They just publish money making negative stories....

  • Craig - 2011-07-21 14:48

    Why take so long to have your say ??????

      mpumie - 2011-07-21 15:07

      maybe he found out that the baby is not his, now his happy to comment - 2011-07-21 16:56

      Because he has been in SA and on honeymoon and only got back to Monaco now to address the French media directly?

  • Collitjies - 2011-07-21 16:26

    News papers print the crap that sells their papers, it does not necessarily have to be the truth just as long as the papers sell.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-07-21 20:31

    Prince Albert , PLEASE shut up and join "The Royal Hair Force" with Prince William .

      rasta7109 - 2011-07-22 07:24

      This comment does not even qualify as corny.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-24 13:16

    He's the one that keeps speaking out about the rumors, but those rumors involve his now wife. So why not let her say something about it? She's the one the rumors are mainly about.

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