Princess Charlene addresses 'runaway bride' rumours

Saturday July 2, 2011

New Monaco royal Princess Charlene has responded to rumours that she was having second thought about marriage to Prince Albert.

She said: “It is a shame that those rumors came at such a bad time, but I think they were timed to sabotage such a happy occasion. They are categorical lies.

"I won’t dignify them with any response other than to say that the photographs of me and Albert in love and getting married will speak louder than any vicious gossip and empty rumors."

In the interview with the US edition of Vogue, the newest addition to the Grimaldi family compared the wedding to preparing for the Olympics.

“I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years. Every morning I woke up and dived into a freezing cold pool; this challenge is no more daunting.

“I’ve made sure I get enough rest and I focus on my own space and allow myself to zone out. I’ve been doing a lot of visualization techniques to keep level-headed — as if I'm going into a swimming competition.”

Prince Albert's close friend, Camilla Olsson, sat with the bride-to-be before the service. She described the South African beauty as 'relaxed'.

In fact, it was Charlene who told Camilla that she was looking tired.

"She must have been exhausted herself as she was rehearsing the wedding until 2am, but she insisted I drink her coffee while she ordered another one for herself. She is a very grounded girl.

“Of course, she has been upset by the rumors because she is very sensitive but I expected her to be a nervous wreck. In fact, she is totally calm and has just ignored the stupidity.”

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