Monaco newlyweds sue French magazine over runaway rumours
MONACO'S Prince Albert and his new wife Princess Charlene are suing a French magazine they claim spread false rumours of personal problems before their wedding earlier this month.
The couple's lawyer, Thierry Lacoste, confirmed that summons have been filed against L'Express magazine for invasion of privacy and "incorrect facts about their private life".
The magazine reported on its website that a few days before the wedding the then Charlene Wittstock tried to flee Monaco.
The 33-year-old former Olympic swimmer was said to have arrived at Nice airport in an attempt to return to her home country of South Africa, but was prevented from boarding the plane when officials confiscated her passport.
It was later reported that she had discovered her husband-to-be had fathered a third love child.
Prince Albert has previously been forced to admit being the father of two other children after DNA tests.
One is the son of a former Air France hostess Nicole Coste, the other the daughter of American estate agent Tamara Rotola.
The claims have been rejected by Monaco's palace, the country's premier, a lawyer for the pair and Prince Albert, 53, himself.
The magazine declined to comment.
The couple's glittering religious wedding drew crowds of thousands to the Mediterranean principality on July 2 and the guest list included a host of heads of state, European royals and stars of the fashion and sports world.