As speculation mounts as to whether Europe’s most infamous playboy prince is daddy to two, three or four children, one of whom may be just 18 months old it’s hard not to think that the timing of this royal philanderer’s news is anything but unfortunate. It does beg the question however, was Charlene Wittstock a woman pushed into a marriage of convenience, or a WAG who has struck gold.
Looking at pictures of her in her stunning Armani gown and weirdly un-flattering Chanel trouser suit, she looked far from a woman in love. After the lusty balcony kiss by Kate and William at Buck Palace back in April, we celebrated the fact that they were so obviously in love. By contrast, Charlene’s tears as the impassive Albert stared straight ahead, seemed to tell a different story.
She’s a beautiful woman who could have had the pick of her princes, so what was the attraction to this unfortunate looking man 20 years her senior who managed to make the military uniform he wore look like something out of a dressing up box? It’s so hard to see where the attraction lay from her side of things. Unless her motivation is money – a never ending supply of jewels, handbags, shoes, holidays to exotic locations? OK, it sounds pretty brilliant actually….. or does it? To be told your very first duty, before even heading on honeymoon is to stand by your husband as he takes a paternity test for a child obviously born during your courtship is worse than being married to Ashley Cole.
It’s hard to feel anything but sorry for Charlene, whose impressive gene pool (have you seen her brothers?) has been deemed the perfect mix for the heir to the throne of Monaco. Assuming conception is successful, following the birth it seems she may be quietly paid off and return to South Africa where she’ll live out her days in luxurious surroundings before giving an exclusive interview to Hello! While there is little I wouldn’t do for a mortgage free existence in the sunshine, this fairytale looks doomed to lack that Disney happy ending.…..