Monaco’s royal baby is on its way

Monaco’s royal palace has announced that Princess Charlene, the South African-born wife of Prince Albert II, is expecting the couple’s first child at the end of the year.

The palace statement expressed the royal couple’s “immense joy” at the “happy event”. On 21 May, the princess was said to be “fatigued” during a visit to the French region of Cantal, prompting a local newspaper to report that she was ill. But the palace denied then that she was sick.

The news may end speculation about the 36-year-old former Olympic swimming champion’s difficulties in adjusting to life in the principality.

The princess was described as a runaway bride in the French press, which reported that she had tried to return to South Africa three times before her wedding in 2011 to Prince Albert. The couple were said to have been rowing at a time when it was revealed he had fathered at least two illegitimate children.

She was alleged to have taken refuge in her country’s embassy in Paris in a first alleged attempt to flee. But she denied the reports and later said that the tears streaming down her cheeks during the wedding ceremony were tears of happiness.

Since the marriage, Charlene has taken an active role in charity work and has set up a foundation devoted to water safety. She received an award as “champion of children” from actress Reese Witherspoon at a ceremony in Beverly Hills at the end of last month, in recognition of her work.

The baby of Albert (56) and Charlene will be the first in line to the throne of Monaco. – © Guardian News & Media 2014

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


The recovered remain cautious

People who have survived Covid-19 are not going through life carefree. They are still taking all the preventative measures

Lockdown relief scheme payouts to employees tops R14-billion

Now employers and employees can apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund for relief scheme payments

Press Releases

Covid-19 and Frontline Workers

Who is caring for the healthcare workers? 'Working together is how we are going to get through this. It’s not just a marathon, it’s a relay'.

PPS webinar Part 2: Small business, big risk

The risks that businesses face and how they can be dealt with are something all business owners should be well acquainted with

Call for applications for the position of GCRO executive director

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory is seeking to appoint a high-calibre researcher and manager to be the executive director and to lead it

DriveRisk stays safe with high-tech thermal camera solution

Itec Evolve installed the screening device within a few days to help the driver behaviour company become compliant with health and safety regulations

Senwes launches Agri Value Chain Food Umbrella

South African farmers can now help to feed the needy by donating part of their bumper maize crop to delivery number 418668

Ethics and internal financial controls add value to the public sector

National treasury is rolling out accounting technician training programmes to upskill those who work in its finance units in public sector accounting principles

Lessons from South Korea for Africa’s development

'Leaders can push people through, through their vision and inspiration, based on their exemplary actions'

Old Mutual announces digital AGM

An ambitious plan to create Africa’s biggest digital classroom is intended to address one of the continent’s biggest challenges — access to education

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday