On air: SA fairy tale

2011-06-09 00:00

TOP Billing has secured an exclusive interview with royal bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock, to be broadcast on SABC3 at 7.30 pm on Tuesday. The interview is the first programme in a lead-up to the Monaco royal wedding, which will be aired on SABC3 on July 2 from 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Top Billing presenter Jo-Ann Strauss chatted to the former Olympic swimmer, who is to become Princess of Monaco, during the Monaco Grand Prix.

She said: “Having known Charlene for a few years, it felt like catching up with a friend who is going on a life-changing journey. She is an absolute embodiment of elegance. She hails from Benoni, the same town that gave us Charlize Theron, someone Charlene admires. There must be something in the water in Benoni!

“Charlene invited me into the prince’s palace in Monaco and we sat in one of the most elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard where she and her fiancé, Prince Albert, will exchange vows in a few short weeks.

It was quite an experience and a privilege to be in the palace, in the private area usually reserved for heads of state.

“The wonderful thing about Charlene is that she is a wonderful, down-to-earth person who has won the hearts of the Monegasque principality, but she’s so proudly South African. We chatted about braais, rugby and the open spaces of our country which she loves!”

Wittstock will be bringing her groom back to South Africa for a lavish post-wedding celebration at the Oyster Box in Durban, for friends and family who can’t attend the Monte Carlo wedding.

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