Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock wedding woes finally pay off: They're married

prince-albert-charlene-marry.jpgWhile the royal wedding that joined Prince William and Kate Middleton in holy matrimony went off with nary a hitch, the same can't be said for the nuptials of Prince Albert II and his bride, Charlene Wittstock. On Friday, the couple finally made it down the aisle, but not without some media madness leading up to the big day.

According to Le Monde, a French newspaper, Wittstock attempted to "escape" last week -- but this wasn't just a case of cold feet. Allegedly, Wittstock discovered that Albert had a third illegitimate child that she wasn't made aware of.

Maybe the kid just slipped his mind?

The palace denied the stories, releasing a statement to assure the public that Albert has no illegitimate child -- except, of course, for the two that he has already admitted are his -- and that Wittstock had not actually been busted attempting to board a one-way flight to her home in South Africa.

The rumors persisted, however, after a Monaco detective said that the royals made sure that Wittstock couldn't make her flight. "Charlene had her passport confiscated so that the Prince's entourage could persuade her to stay," he is quoted as saying. The Prince refuses to dignify the claim by confirming or denying it.

As for that child who Le Monde says the Prince fathered? There simply wasn't time to do a DNA test before the wedding, but if it is true, at least the kid will be in good company. Albert's other children are 19-year-old Jazmin, with American estate agent Tamara Rotola, and 6-year-old Alexandre, with Togolese flight attendant Nicole Coste.

Albert and Wittstock have been dating since 2006. Their civil marriage took place on Friday, July 1. On Saturday the couple will continue the wedding festivities with a religious ceremony.
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