Book review: Charlene: In search of a princess

Charlene: In search of a princess

Arlene Prinsloo

Jonathan Ball

Review: Karen Watkins

When Benoni professional swimmer, Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert II of Monaco on the French Riviera in 2011 it was the stuff of fairy tales.

The couple met at a swimming event in the microstate principality.

Four years later, millions of people witnessed the Olympic swimming hopeful take on the title of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene.

Little did they know the tears that she shed after the formalities with paparazzi rumours of her getting cold feet.

Already stories of the prince’s love children swirled around the couple.

Since then the statuesque 44-year-old has been used as fodder in endless media speculation and hateful rumour-mongering. Is marriage to the 64 year-old one of convenience? What is the truth behind her health issues? Is the couple happily married?

These are some of the questions that Prinsloo reveals in this unauthorised biography.

Prinsloo is a veteran journalist, who has worked for Netwerk24, Rapport, Die Burger and Beeld in a career spanning 30 years.