She should be enjoying the first few giddy months as a newlywed. Unfortunately, Princess Charlene of Monaco is still being forced to address unkind rumours about her marriage. In New York with new husband Prince Albert, the feisty former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, told the US media that she'd ignored the 'runaway bride' reports.
Charlene – who has been in North America promoting an exhibition about the most famous princess of Monaco, the late Grace Kelly – branded the gossip "hilarious". Sitting side by side with Grace's son, the prince who made her his wife in July before a global audience, the new royal answered questions with the confidence she learned during her top-flight athletic career. Speaking to US show Today Charlene, 33, said: "(I) obviously focused on what the day meant for the two of us," she said. "Why would he go through the effort to have our most intimate dearest friends join us for us to be reluctant. It sounded a bit hilarious." Asked why they appeared so serious during their lavish open-air ceremony, her supportive 53-year-old husband jumped in. "I thought I paid attention to you and smiled at you many times, but maybe that's not enough for some people."