17 SEPTEMBER 2003
Princess Stephanie of Monaco has secretly married her acrobat boyfriend. The 38-year-old, whose love-life has led to controversy over the years, wed circus performer Adans Lopez Peres in a private ceremony in Switzerland.
The news comes just a few months after the mother-of-three left the Royal Palace in Monaco to live with Adans in his mobile home.
"It happened in a village near Geneva," confirmed a palace spokesman. "It was a private ceremony and neither family was present." This is the princess' second marriage, as she was previously wed to bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, with whom she has two children, Louis and Pauline. She has never revealed the identity of her third child Camille's father.
Stephanie previously had a relationship with elephant-trainer Franco Knie, who works at the same circus as Adans. And high-profile liaisons with actor Rob Lowe and Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez also raised eyebrows.
It has been reported in the German press that Stephanie is pregnant, but the royal palace has refused to confirm the rumours. "That is her business and if she is, I'm sure she will say so," said the spokesman.