Paternity test for Prince Albert

Paternity tests overshadow the glittering ceremony of Prince Albert's wedding.

Princess Charlene of Monaco tried to flee home to South Africa three times before her marriage to Prince Albert II, according to reports in French newspapers.

Fairytale turns sour

The couple's glittering religious wedding drew crowds of thousands to the Mediterranean principality on Saturday and the guest list included a host of heads of state, European royals and stars of the fashion and sports world.

Princess Charlene wipes a tear after marrying Prince Albert of Monaco.

Princess Charlene wipes a tear after marrying Prince Albert of MonacoPhoto: AP


But sources cited by Le Journal du Dimanche said the former Charlene Wittstock, 33, tried to take refuge in her country's embassy in Paris when she went to the French capital in May to try on her wedding dress.

Instead palace officials confiscated her passport and persuaded her to take part in the weekend's nuptials. (Instigated by Prince Playboy of course.)

Later that month she also tried to escape during the Monaco formula one grand prix, they alleged.

The newly married Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at Sainte Devote church.

Monaco Royal Wedding

The newly married Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at Sainte Devote church.

  • The newly married Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at Sainte Devote church.
  • German designer Karl Lagerfeld arrives at the religious wedding ceremony for Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in Monaco.
  • Michael Kenneth Wittstock escorts his daughter Princess Charlene on the red carpet for her religious wedding ceremony with Prince Albert II of Monaco.
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at the religious ceremony of her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
  • Monaco's Prince Albert II takes the hand of Princess Charlene during their religious wedding ceremony in Monaco.
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attend the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Princess Charlene of Monaco.
  • France's president Sarkozy arrives at the religious ceremony of the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene.
  • An overview on the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Princess Charlene.
  • Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene react after exchanging rings during their religious wedding ceremony.
  • Princess Charlene de Monaco and her father walk down the red carpet prior to the the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco in the main courtyard at Prince's Palace in Monaco.
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) attends the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock in Monaco.
  • Victoria Silvstedt takes her seat for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco.
  • Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani takes his seat next to an unidentified guest at the Monaco palace for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco.
  • French musician Jean Michel Jarre speaks with Prince of Venice Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde Courau before the start of the religious wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
  • Victoria Silvstedt arrive at the Place du Palais to attend the religious wedding ceremony for Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.
  • French businessman Bernard Arnault and wife, Helene Mercier-Armault arrive at the Place du Palais to attend the religious wedding ceremony for Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.
  • Karolina Kurkova attends the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Princess Charlene in Monaco.
  • French musician Jean-Michel Jarre and guest arrive at the Monaco palace for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene, Princess of Monaco.
  • Former French tennis player Henri Leconte and his wife Florentine arrive at the Monaco palace for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene, Princess of Monaco.
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco on the balcony after their civil ceremony.
  • Princess Caroline of Hanover and her daughter Alexandra of Hanover (left), Princess Stephanie of Monaco (far right) and her daughter Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb on the balcony after the civil wedding ceremony.
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco.
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco kiss on the balcony after the civil ceremony.
  • Newlyweds Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene on the Palace balcony after the civil wedding service.
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco and South African Charlene Wittstock during their civil wedding.
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco is seen on a giant screen as the crowd waves flags during the civil ceremony of the prince's wedding to Charlene Wittstock.
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco and his bride Princess Charlene Princess arrive on the Palace square after the civil wedding ceremony.
  • Princess Stephanie (left) and Princess Caroline (right). Princess Caroline's daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi (right).
  • Andrea, left, Pierre, center, and Louis, right, sons of Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco stand outside the Monaco palace after the civil marriage ceremony.
  • Spectators watch the civil ceremony of the royal wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock at the Prince's Palace in Monaco.
  • Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, delivers a speech as Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco look on after the civil ceremony of the royal wedding.
  • Fireworks shoot into the sky during the Jean Michel Jarre concert celebrating the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock at Port of Monaco.
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco appear onstage during the Jean Michel Jarre concert celebrating their wedding.
  • Jean Michel Jarre and newlyweds Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco appear onstage during the Jean Michel Jarre concert celebrating the wedding.
  • Jean Michel Jarre, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco appear onstage during the Jean Michel Jarre concert celebrating the royal wedding.
  • Jean Michel Jarre, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco appear onstage during the Jean Michel Jarre concert celebrating their wedding.
  • Jean Michel Jarre performs onstage at a concert celebrating the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock in Monaco.
  • Fireworks and a light show in the harbour celebrate the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock in Monaco.

Then, last week, she allegedly had her passport confiscated en route to Nice airport via the helicopter service that runs regularly between Monaco and France.

The reports followed confirmation by palace sources while the wedding was in full swing that Prince Albert, 53, was due to have DNA tests because of claims by at least one woman that he had fathered another illegitimate child.

He already has a 19-year-old daughter and six-year-old son.

Princess Mary of Denmark.

Princess Mary of Denmark. Photo: Getty Images


Le Journal du Dimanche quoted Monaco "policy advisers'' among those discussing "two illegitimate children - one already born, the other to come''.

A French news agency said anonymous officials spoke of "the truth'' of a reported falling out between the couple earlier in the week and of a probable demand that Prince Albert take a paternity test.

Despite all the talk of palace intrigue, residents of the low-tax haven are standing by the royal couple, who hosted a private marriage brunch yesterday and are due to fly to South Africa on honeymoon on Tuesday.

"When the most famous of bachelors gets married, naturally there are jealousies,'' real-estate tycoon Michel Pastor said.