In the build-up to the royal wedding earlier this month (Jul11), reports circulated suggesting the South African swimmer had tried to flee Monaco three times, only to be stopped by the prince’s aides.
Following their two lavish marriage ceremonies, the new princess tried to stop the gossip, insisting she is “in love” with Prince Albert and accused critics of trying to “sabotage” their union.
New rumours of a rift erupted during the couple’s honeymoon in South Africa, when they spent a night in separate hotels, so the royals called a press conference in Monaco on Thursday (21Jul11) in a bid to end the speculation for good.
Prince Albert told reporters, “My family have long been the subject of rumours born out of jealousy. There’s one or more people in Monaco who are trying to cause harm. We want to express our indignation at these rumours. It’s unbearable.
“What’s regrettable is that the media pick up these rumours without verifying the information.”
Prince Albert also addressed the honeymoon story, adding, “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.”
A spokesperson confirmed the royal had an appointment early the next morning, prompting him to stay in a hotel closer to the meeting’s location.