Playboy prince drops in for pint at famed pub
IT'S not every day royalty steps into your local pub, but such an event proved to be the case in a small village.
Enjoying a short holiday along the west coast, Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, took time out from their break to socialise at Durty Nelly's pub in Bunratty, Co Clare, last weekend.
The 52-year-old prince, once dubbed a playboy by glossy magazines, enjoyed a pint of ale at the world-famous pub while surrounded by Munster rugby fans celebrating their team's victory over Ospreys in the Magner's League that night.
Limerick woman Sarah Ni Riain was enjoying a night out with friends from France who immediately recognised the prince while he was standing at the bar. Ms Ni Riain said her companions were stunned and delighted that the prince was socialising in the same bar.
"They were standing at the bar talking to a man in a Munster jersey and I don't think he realised who they were," Ms Ni Riain said.
"I recognised him from my granny's 'Hello' magazines. Nobody was bothering them," she added.
The prince and Ms Wittstock -- a former Olympic swimmer -- mingled with the crowd throughout their three-hour stay in the popular pub.
Some locals who recognised them remarked that they were "very amicable".
Staff at the pub were informed of their visit before the couple arrived. It is believed they travelled from nearby Dromoland Castle where they were staying.
Located alongside Bunratty Castle, Durty Nelly's is a landmark pub which has been replicated the world over at least 200 times.
Over the years, celebrities, sporting heroes, international politicians, and movie stars have dropped into the hostelry which was first established in 1620.As well as enjoying the hospitality of staff and locals, Prince Albert and his fiancee enjoyed the night's entertainment at a specially erected outdoor marquee.