Sunday 22 April 2018

Princess Charlene: Is there something rotten in the state of Monaco?

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 09: Princess Charlene of Monaco visits the Brandenburg Gate on July 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
MONACO - JUNE 30: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene attend the annual Monaco Red Cross Pique-Nique at Jardins Princesse Antoinette on June 30, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 10: Princess Charlene of Monaco looks on during a visit of the state ministry of the German federal state of Baden-Wuertemberg on July 10, 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco are on a two-day visit to Germany (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02: Princess Charlene attends the Christian Dior Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 on July 2, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: Princess Charlene of Monaco (L) passes by Zahia Dehar (seated right) while attending the Amber Fashion Show and Charity Auction at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 25, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
MONACO - JUNE 09: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrive at 30th International Swimming Meeting Mare Nostrum on June 9, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Didier Baverel/WireImage)

Claire O'Mahony

One of the clear dangers for commoners marrying into European royal families is that they can often start dressing in a matronly fashion.

Heaven forbid that they, who were born without titles, estates or family jewels should ever be accused of looking inappropriate or dressing flashy. The Duchess of Cambridge is a case in point. Notwithstanding her love of McQueen, the hemlines are getting lower and the necklines are getting higher, which is fine if you’re sixty-something Camilla. But when you’re a young, gorgeous 30-year-old, as Catherine is, it’s such a shame. The yellow Emilia Wickstead coat dress she wore to a recent royal engagement looked like she pilfered it from her grandmother-in-law’s wardrobe.

But a far greater royal offender in the lamb-dressed-as-mutton stakes is Princess Charlene of Monaco, who just celebrated her 1st wedding anniversary with Prince Albert. If your wardrobe choices say something, the former Olympian swimmer’s are a clear cry for help. Much has been made of the fact that Kate Middleton has spent £33,035 on her working wardrobe in six months. Far more shocking is that Charlene, as revealed by ‘Grazia’ magazine has spent an estimated £300,000 on clothes in the same time. To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes an awful lot of money to look this bad. Take the ensemble she wore on her recent visit to Berlin. A powder blue pant suit we might accept on a 70-year-old American lady playing the slots in Vegas. But on a 34-year-old woman, it’s shocking. The ‘soccer mom’ short do isn’t helping matters either and not even her penchant for £50,000 Mont Blanc earrings or Armani Prive numbers seem to help matters.

Because aside from the clothes she’s wearing, it’s the dead-behind-the eyes look that Charlene is sporting these days that gives the greatest cause for concern.

She’s reminding us an awful lot of Katie Holmes, pre-divorce right now. The awkward body language between the Princess and her husband is reminiscent of the final days of Katie and Tom and it may just be that her terrible wardrobe choices aren’t accidental at all.

One blind item doing the rounds in gossip columns prior to the Tom and Katie divorce was that this certain actress (Katie) married to an A-list and increasingly weird actor (Tom) had taken to not wearing make-up or brushing her hair and sporting the dowdiest of clothes every time she knew she would get papped just to annoy the actor. And witness Katie’s uber-glamorous makeover after the split, and it suggest that there might be some substance to this rumour.

As for Charlene, her alliance with the House of Grimaldi never had the most auspicious of beginnings. She completely dismissed allegations that she tried to run away three times back to South Africa before the wedding ceremony took place but that’s a fairly big PR disaster to overshadow your big day.

The latest Princess Charlene rumour is that she’s pregnant. She was supposedly displaying a small baby bump on her German trip and made efforts to disguise her mid section with a scarf. The prince already has two love children out of wedlock and it had been previously alleged that the Monaco Palace and Charlene have struck a pact where she will be allowed to leave the marriage once she produces an heir.

That would be a terribly sad end to a marriage but as to its effects on Charlene’s wardrobe, it might be very liberating.

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