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Old 02-12-2006, 09:32 AM
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Old Article on Albert & Charlene :

http://www.suntimes.co.za/2001/07/01/news/news06.htm

Swimmer tells of dream date with Prince Charming


One of the world's most eligible bachelors, Prince Albert of Monaco, treated an attractive South African swimming champion to a dream night-long date in Monte Carlo - and asked her to call him when she was back in town.

Blonde breaststroke champion Charlene Wittstock, 23, said this week she and the heir to the throne of Monaco had partied until the early hours when she was in the kingdom three weeks ago to take part in the Mare Nostrum 2001 swimming championship, hosted by the prince.


The curvaceous swimmer said the 43-year-old prince approached her while she was standing in the food queue at the Tulip Hotel along with swimmers from Sweden and Canada. "He remembered me from the previous year when I won the 50m breaststroke and he had handed me a bunch of flowers," she said.


Wittstock, who was training in Strand near Cape Town this week, said the prince asked her if she would accompany him on a night on the town.

"When he came up to me and asked me, I wasn't exactly sure what I should say. I was more worried about my curfew and whether I would be allowed to go out so late at night. So I said he should ask the team management for permission.

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"He said he wouldn't take no for an answer and proceeded to escort me to the table where the rest of our team was enjoying their lunch. Of course, when I introduced the prince there was a frozen silence. He had no problem getting permission to take me out and promised to bring me back himself."
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:37 PM
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I found these photo's of Charlene on "babefocus". I got 4 out of 5 to post and didn't resize them.


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Old 02-13-2006, 01:00 AM
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She is a nice girl, though too wrinkled for her young age. Look at her stadium' photos when she is laughing. She has the same skin like Steph. I imagine how she will blossom in ten years later :p ...And I also noticed her posing for cameras while she was with PA there. Her eyes were craving for public attention...
I think it is not bad idea to pick up someone pretty As to me I did not expect that he will appear alone at this event....thought being in public I would try to avoid yawning and faces making
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:19 AM
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Vive le prince! How about Audrey Tatou, the utterly adorable young French actress of "Amelie," "A la folie," etc.? They could have some really cute children, and Albert would be emulating his father.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:07 AM
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Vive le prince! How about Audrey Tatou, the utterly adorable young French actress of "Amelie," "A la folie," etc.? They could have some really cute children, and Albert would be emulating his father.

A future princess of Monaco will have to go in situations where the spotlight is one her leaving her very open to scrutiny, and from what I've read about Audrey Tatou is that she is adverse to publicity and reveals very little about her private life. She even declined job offers from Hollywood because of the baggage that comes with working in Hollywood. A PA-Audrey match would not work out at all.

To other posters who have read about Audrey in French, can you post more about her? I've only read stuff about her in English sources.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:43 PM
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She is a nice girl, though too wrinkled for her young age. Look at her stadium' photos when she is laughing. She has the same skin like Steph. I imagine how she will blossom in ten years later :p ...And I also noticed her posing for cameras while she was with PA there. Her eyes were craving for public attention...
I think it is not bad idea to pick up someone pretty As to me I did not expect that he will appear alone at this event....thought being in public I would try to avoid yawning and faces making
I would think that as a swimmer, CW would be spending quite a bit of time outdoors and being fair skinned, the sun wreaks havoc on one's complexion (which is why my face never sees the sun without vast quantities of sun block and I look ten years younger than I am). Ouch, that was catty.

I like your observations that CW seems to be craving attention -- while I find the photos of her and PA sweet, it seems to me as well that she is putting on a show. If she is as serious as she claims to be training for the next summer games, I hope she finds a sponsor out of this. (Perhaps PA?) But is anyone else as confused as I am about the difference between CW's public statements and her public actions? If she is truly in love, I wish her all the happiness in the world, but won't she hurt her chances of getting corporate sponsorships if she seems more into her boyfriend than her training? Or because she is dating PA, does that make her more desirable even if she potentially quits and gets married or never qualifies for the Olympics? Anyone have any thoughts on this?

I thought the yawn was kind of cute as it makes PA seem human...and I love your avatar.
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:31 PM
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But is anyone else as confused as I am about the difference between CW's public statements and her public actions? If she is truly in love, I wish her all the happiness in the world, but won't she hurt her chances of getting corporate sponsorships if she seems more into her boyfriend than her training? Or because she is dating PA, does that make her more desirable even if she potentially quits and gets married or never qualifies for the Olympics? Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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The seeming disconnet between CW's public statements and her public actions may only be a diversion. Think about this, having said that she will train for Beijing in 2008, then the press will likely leave her alone (hopefully) unless there are more sightings of them together (PA's birthday, the Rose Ball). If she had confirmed that they are dating, the press will hunt her/them down, follow her/them everywhere, and there goes their "cover". Of course, if anything can be learned from recent past, as F& M did in Denmark, they will be "public" about their relationship and she could just keep mum like CPM did. Let's see where she is on PA's birthday and the Rose Ball, and I mean not just on "official" photos, but whether she's in attendance at all. Just my two cents.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:14 PM
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Let's see where she is on PA's birthday and the Rose Ball, and I mean not just on "official" photos, but whether she's in attendance at all. Just my two cents.
Fair enough; but it's a long time between March and August and if she's not in serious training by August '06, coming off an injury and a long-time not competing, in her late 20's and with competitors ten years her junior, she was never serious. When does the swimming season start?
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Old 02-14-2006, 09:02 AM
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so is albert going out with this swimmer then???
or he is just playing around like he usually does??
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:52 PM
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so is albert going out with this swimmer then???
That's what we are all wondering about. If you read her comments to the media backwards, they are together and they might be planning a marriage....he of course is saying nothing. He's never been one for putting up with women who tattle to the press, so why this one is getting away with it is a yoooooge question!

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or he is just playing around like he usually does??
Don't know. If he is just fooling around....at least he's good at it! LOL
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:13 PM
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Rarotonga just made a post in current events that she read that PA told the Monegasque press he would have a family soon. (She got that from the Franco-Iberian MB but I couldn't find the post.) Per an article I found on Yahoo! France (in the friends thread) his press people aren't talking. Heaven knows what that means.
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:41 PM
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So does that mean they're really going to get married?? For real??
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:46 PM
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No one knows, dear. It's just wait and see for now. Paca, our dear little spy, is away so we won't know anything for a few days.
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:47 AM
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I know how some of you may comment on how Charlene somewhat acted very camera-ready on their appearances together. But here's what I think.. I recall Albert said on an interview the reasons why he never got married:
1. Rainier never approve of his girlfriends (he said once, "Maybe I'll get married when he (Rainier) died.") - because he think no other women can be compared to his wife, Grace.
2. The women he dated can't keep up with the crazy paparazzi (this is very reasonable).
I think the reason Albert and Charlene appear together is because he is sure she has no problem with the press, and he's having a good time with her. Maybe this relationship is actually going somewhere we'd never guess they would. We should be happy for Albert. And whether or not Charlene is craving for media attention is not our problem. We should wish them all the best in life. I think it's time for a new princess..

*sorry for my bad English*

P.S. Never meant to offend anyone. So don't be offended.
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:34 AM
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The boys at the AS Monaco forum also think Charlene would be a wonderful princess for them :

http://asmforum.com/index.php?showtopic=12495&st=15

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Old 02-16-2006, 09:09 PM
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Albert & Charlene on the cover of Paris Match

http://permanent.nouvelobs.com/peopl...6.OBS6770.html

could she be his last girlfriend and first wife?
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:33 PM
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Albert & Charlene on the cover of Paris Match

http://permanent.nouvelobs.com/peopl...6.OBS6770.html

could she be his last girlfriend and first wife?
He's Catholic...so it would be his first and only wife. I think it's all a matter of wait and see.
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Is there any woman in the world that anyone on this board would approve of PA marrying who is not some sleazy actress who got naked in a movie? I mean, I don't think Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron would stand up to scrunity, I'm sorry. Why does he have to marry an actress? Why can't he marry an Olympic swimmer? What's wrong with that? Are people forgetting that the next Princess of Monaco has to attend state dinners and behave like a head of state? She has to have respect! Charlene Wittstock can be toned down in front of the cameras and trained to act like a princess. Nicole Kidman can't wipe away Eyes Wide Shut. Maybe PA needs someone who is comfortable in front of the cameras and won't take the press so seriously and have a nervous breakdown.

Please remember that there was opposition to almost every crown princess who married into the royal families of Europe these past few years. Mette-Marit was a single mother and had a wild past, Maxima has an unfortunate father, Mary was a foreign-born commoner, Letizia was divorced. These boards were jumping with opposition to these marriages. They all seem to be working out so far. Most of the new CP's are very popular or fairly popular. All of those CP's had months of training before their marriages. Please people. The fact is PA can't have anymore "girlfriends!" How many more women does he need to sleep with before he gets married?!
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Mary was a foreign-born commoner
Actually, that Mary was foreign-born helped her a lot. Queen Margrethe wanted Frederik to marry someone not Danish-born.

Of all the Crown Princesses you mentioned (Mary, Mette-Marit, Letizia, Maxima), Mary was the most well accepted by her adopted country. She was welcomed and loved by the Danes from the beginning, and has been supported every step of the way and is one of the royal family's most popular members.
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Excellent thoughts Laviolette...however your last statement is something only Albert can answer. It is unfair to compare any person to another. No one is saying that he has to marry an actress or any other particular type of person. He has said very recently that he is in no rush to get married, she has said that they are not talking marriage, it's everyone else. Personally, I'd like to see him with someone like Mary who never sought the spotlight like Charlene is apparently doing. Being taught to act like a princess is one thing; understanding the enormity the impact of your actions on your role is totally different. That's where some of us have issues...we don't think that she understands how the Princess of Monaco needs to deflect the spotlight to the Prince of Monaco and his agenda.
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