Princess Charlene of Monaco has revealed that she is ready to become a mother. The former South African swimmer has spoken about her plans to start a family with husband Prince Albert, revealing that she needed to adjust to royal life first.
"We had a big wedding. It was a big adjustment after that,” she said in an interview with South African newspaper Sunday World.
"Now I'm settled and I think kids will come. I don't put any pressure on myself, she added. "If it happens, it happens."
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Charlene, 35, went on to emphasise how much she is looking forward to having children. "I wanted to get my foundation launched," she said, referring to the sports charity that she launched last year. "I wanted to get the next couple of months sorted out and I can really take a rest," she said.
While Charlene is yet to become a mother, Prince Albert has fathered two illegitimate children. He has a 21-year-old daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, whose mother is Tamara Rotolo. He also has a nine-year-old son Alexandre Coste, whose mother is Togolese flight attendant Nicole Coste.
Much was made of the fact that Albert attended the Dutch inauguration celebrations last week without his wife. Charlene was at a prior engagement, acting as matron-of-honour at her best friend's wedding in Durban.
While there, she also visited her old training base at the municipal Lahee Park swimming pool in Pinetown, where she met with Khwezi Duma, one of the 2016 Olympic hopefuls.
Charlene's foundation is sponsoring an upgrade of the centre, and a large focus of her foundation is a Learn to Swim programme. Young swimming star Khwezi, 11, is one of the faces of the campaign, and during her visit, Charlene was only too happy to share some of her tips with the schoolgirl.
Casually dressed in shorts, a t-shirt and sandals, the Princess changed into a one-piece costume and got into the pool with Khwezi for photos. "Ah!," she exclaimed to her former coach Graham Hill. "Graham, it's cold!"
"You're getting soft," he retorted. "You never moaned in 2000."
The Monaco royal family recently welcomed another baby. Tatiana Santo Domingo, the fiancée of Prince Albert's nephew Andrea Casiraghi, gave birth to a son,Sacha.
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