Monaco's Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock Slept Apart on Honeymoon, Palace Confirms


Bride's Father Calls Rumors 'Scandalous'

Charlene's father, Mike, a photocopier salesman in South Africa, who has said marrying his daughter to a prince was like winning the World Cup, says the current rumors that his daughter's marriage is a fraud are "scandalous."

"I don't know where the rumors are coming from," he told South African newspaper, Die Burger. "'I am disappointed in the media. South Africans should be supporting Charlene rather than spreading nasty rumors."

Prince Albert and Charlene's trip to South Africa was publicly labeled as a honeymoon, but the pair have spent little time alone together since arriving last week.

The couple hosted a wedding party at the luxury Oyster Box hotel on Umhlanga beach before mingling at multiple cocktail parties and formal events alongside Olympic officials in town for the committee's week-long annual conference that took Albert away from his new bride.

The formal body language and tepid affection displayed by the royals on their honeymoon matches what was seen at the couple's royal wedding in Monaco.

Wittstock was in tears throughout the wedding ceremony, while her husband looked on, and Prince Albert had to formally ask his bride for a kiss, a request caught on camera for the world to see.

Royal watchers commented Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene, as Wittstock is now formally known, looked more like "Her Miserable Highness" than a blushing new bride.

In South Africa, Wittstock left Albert behind in Durban to travel to Cape Town to tour a series of charity projects with the country's leaders.

"The only time she was seen to smile was at a charity event for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where she was by herself, without her husband," Toby Shapshak, editor of South African magazine Stuff, noted to ABC News.

Despite reports Prince Albert and Charlene had already returned to Monaco, the Palace says the couple has now headed off on a "secret" honeymoon where they will not be under the watchful eyes of the media, and skeptics.

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