I have a little confession. When I lived in SF, I allowed myself several hours a week to watch mindless celeb TV like Real Housewives, E! News, ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ with a Star mag subscription on top of that. But guess what? The tabloid gossip in Europe is not only jucier, it’s royal. One Daily Mail and Gala staple is Princess Charlene, who’s married to playboy Prince Albert II. He’s the Prince of Monaco. Their unscripted drama fascinates and saddens me. Here’s why…
Rumor (and wikipedia) has it that a week before their July ’11 wedding, Charlene got cold feet. She had discovered Prince Albert had fathered a 3rd illegitimate child (while they were together). Reports claim she tried to flee Monaco but was ‘intercepted by police’ at the airport and her passport was confiscated. It took ‘intense convincing’ by Prince Albert to make her stay. The still married as scheduled, but something about this wedding photo tells me Charlene wasn’t shedding tears of joy. Sure, she’s a princess, but poor Charlene. Can you imagine?
The reason I mentioned it is because on our drive back to Switzerland from St. Tropez, we drove through the mini country they rule, Monaco, and stopped in Monte Carlo for lunch. There are framed pics of Prince Albert and Charlene everywhere; even in Zara. Welcome to Monte Carlo….
<DETAILS by Dale> top (recent) ~ Zara, skirt (old) H&M, wedges & shades ~ MANGO, Sand croco bag c/o ~ Hobo the Original, watch ~ Michael Kors, bracelets ~ F21 & Stella & Dot
Monaco is one of the strangest places I’ve ever visited. It’s tiny, a tax haven and super-rich. It’s the 2nd smallest, but most densely populated country in the world surrounded by France and the Mediterranean. The population of the entire country is about 36K. Have you ever heard of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene?
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