SA reacts to Monaco marriage

2010-06-24 09:10

Johannesburg - News of Prince Albert III of Monaco's engagement to swimming champ Charlene Wittstock was splashed across local front pages on Thursday, with news media anticipating a "fairytale wedding".

"A South African beauty has bagged a prince, one of Europe's most eligible bachelors," said The Times.

"Fairytale wedding for playboy prince, Benoni (South Africa) swimmer," said The Star, one of several dailies to run a large photo of the couple on its front page.

The Star quoted Wittstock's father recalling how Prince Albert phoned him to ask for his blessing just before national football team Bafana Bafana's decisive World Cup match against France on Tuesday.

Michael Wittstock joked that he tried to hurry the prince along so he could watch the game.

"He called me just before kick-off and I wanted to get the whole thing over and done with," he said.

He added that he is on a "friendly basis" with his future son-in-law and called the prince a "nice chap".


Lynette Wittstock told The Citizen she and her family were "thrilled".

"I am ecstatic; my daughter is finally getting hitched. My family is happy, we like him very much," she said.

The engagement was announced on Wednesday in a brief statement from the palace that did not set a wedding date or give details of the event.

Prince Albert, 52, the only son of deceased Prince Rainier III and the late Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, has ruled the Mediterranean statelet of Monaco since 2005.

Wittstock, 32, a school teacher and former Commonwealth 100 metres backstroke champion, had appeared on his arm at several society events in Monaco, raising speculation that she and the famed bachelor would wed.

  • blabla - 2010-06-24 09:45

    Money buys everything...

  • Adrian - 2010-06-24 09:56

    Please guys get your facts right!!!!! Charlene Wittstock is not a South African. She was born in Zimbabwe.

  • Elaine Meyer - 2010-06-24 10:03

    Hello, I'm from Marina Da Gama in Muizenberg. Well done Benoni! First Charleze and now a Princess!!

  • DeonL - 2010-06-24 10:18

    There is a 20 years difference in age, hope it will last?

  • Lionel - 2010-06-24 10:25

    To all those who look down on people from the East Rand, which includes a particular Jeremy Mansfield, just look where Charlize Theron and Charlene Wittstock hail from, Benoni.

  • Isaac Makua - 2010-06-24 10:57

    Wow that is so great and hope they have best marriage blessed with children.

  • TMONTY - 2010-06-24 12:18

    First it was our diamonds and gold, now you are stealing our women - come on!

  • Scaasi - 2010-06-24 12:20

    Oooooooooo i just LOVE good news like this...mmmm love seeing people in love... and to TRUTH- you right...age aint nothing but a dating a younger guy and everything is AWESOME

  • Mickey - 2010-06-24 12:33

    At last a Princess Diana!. Two differences. 1) This one will last. 2) The lady is from Africa

  • Michael @ truth - 2010-06-24 12:36

    I don't speak for Tutu, but I don't have an issue with the age of Zuma's bedmates, I just don't think the president should be sticking it to THAT MANY women, considering he is the president of a country with some of the worst HIV/AIDS figures in the world. He has 3 or so wives, why can't he stick to shagging them? It's not about the age of anyone.

  • Chris - 2010-06-24 12:38

    Charlene Wittstock is NOT from Benoni

  • GVS - 2010-06-24 12:53

    Truth - u got it all wrong man, the prince cannot be old enough to be Wittstocks daughter. This situation cannot be compared to south africa, we have absolute morons here that only cause embarrassement.

  • M - 2010-06-24 12:54

    I really thought that they already were engaged...

  • @truthl - 2010-06-24 12:55

    Compare apples with apples it you please.. he is 52, she is 32.. and they are getting married. JZ was about 40 years older than his one-night stand.. if not more. And he did not marry her.

  • @ Truth - 2010-06-24 13:14

    @ Truth: Mr Zuma is married like how many times over.... the Prince not... that makes a helluva difference!! Hope Charlene and her Prince will live happily ever after!

  • Didi - 2010-06-24 14:05

    Truth, the prince is not old enough to be Wittstock daughter, Wittstock is young enough to be the prince's daughter, Lol., just corrections. Anyway, the guy is a barchelor. Unlike Zuma who has, how many lovers? Anyway, she is Zimbabwean, or Rhodesian. Whichever one you chose.

  • blackchick - 2010-06-24 14:26

    good facts "truth" age is just the number

  • Johan Waldick - 2010-06-24 14:44

    Congratulations to Mike and Lynette. Charlene really deserves happiness. Poppie and I wish you only the best and may God Bless you all!

  • Ben - 2010-06-24 15:31

    Mark my words.This marriage won't last 2years.

  • thieves - 2010-06-24 15:50

    i honestly don't understand y SAns want to take credit 4 this,she is not south african to begin with she actually Zimbabwean jus lyk hw u claim that Chelsea Prince Harry's galfrend is South African as well.if it had bn something bad then u'ld know that she is Zimbabwean.yes we shld be proud that we raised a princess bt its nt our right 2 claim her as ours.she is Zimbabwean lyk it or nt let Zimbabweans have something 2 celebrate abt.

  • Memyself - 2010-06-25 05:31

    blabla - you ass
    Adrian - so are 60% of the people you pass in the street

    DeonL = why not?
    Lionel = why are they all running away from the east ran to start with is the question
    Mugabe = why can all the bad once not leave and go find a prince?
    truth = ass do not even try and compare this to zuma

  • js - 2010-06-25 08:58

    @truth ... "now the prince is old enough to be Wittstock daughter ... eish - that's not the Truth.

  • George - 2010-06-25 10:30

    Mugabe has summed the situation up well. Who knows, that country: Zim-something will probably become another province of the republic soon (at the rate things are going up there). Good luck to the princess and his 'princess'.

  • Madeline - 2010-06-25 16:48

    Congratulations!! hope there will be melktert and koeksister at your wedding.
    Please have a few proteas in you flowers

  • Janene - 2010-06-27 17:59

    GO BENONI!!! First Campari, then Charlize and now a Princess!!!

  • Maddy - 2010-07-04 13:56

    This engagement is a sham. They are no more in love than a broom and a wastebin (and equally emotional). They are an insult to royal watchers, and are mocking the public and laughing in our faces. I wish them what they deserve!

  • Maddy - 2010-07-04 14:16

    How can she be a school teacher, if she didn't even finish high school? The truth is that she taught some children swimming, for a short period of time (one day). Otherwise she worked in a bar.

  • isobel - 2010-09-14 23:48

    A school teacher? Don't make me laugh!!

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