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Weeping Charlene says 'I do' amid new claims she was runaway bride

The clear-up from the three-day wedding party had barely begun in Monaco when more rumours of the 'runaway bride' surfaced.

Newly-wed Princess Charlene had tried to flee not once, but three times before her marriage to Prince Albert II, according to reports in French newspapers.

Sources claimed the 33-year-old -- who was in floods of tears during the couple's marriage ceremony -- even 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.

Later that month she also tried to escape during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, they alleged.

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


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 has fathered another illegitimate child.

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

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 are due to fly to South Africa on honeymoon tomorrow.