Privately different than expected: the secret of Monaco’s shy princess

Rumors that she was caught in an unhappy marriage with Albert – as so often rumored by the tabloids – were denied by one of the anonymous sources: “Charlène is not Lady Tue. She may come across as extremely naïve, but nothing could be further from the truth. She’s very good at keeping her intelligence under wraps. I don’t think for a second she didn’t know what she was doing when she married Albert.”

Friends who witnessed how Charlène met her future husband Prince Albert met for the first time, but admitted that at first it didn’t seem like anything would point to a romantic relationship. But it should perhaps be mentioned that the prince met his future wife in 2000. As a couple, however, they first appeared in public six years later. They got married on July 1st, 2011. Charlène, who grew up as a Protestant and is considered very religious, converted for Albert to the Catholic faith – the state church in Monaco.

Friends: Charlène can be “hard on herself”.

Former swimming colleagues of the Olympian, who trained with her in South Africa in the noughties, described Charlene as ambitious and committed to the sport. They recalled that when she was young, Charlene would have preferred to spend her time practicing while other children played. She could also be “hard on herself” when she wasn’t performing well. Nevertheless, they emphasized that Charlène could also be “silly”, was never lonely and was always a good friend – a side of Charlène that only her closest confidants now know.

Princess Charlène through the ages