Monaco palace slams wedding strife 'rumours'
Monaco's royal palace Tuesday angrily denied media rumours that princess-to-be Charlene Wittstock tried to leave the principality in a huff days before her marriage to Prince Albert II.
"A few days before the marriage of His Most Serene Highness Prince Albert with Miss Charlene Wittstock, the princely palace firmly denies the lying allegations," it said, responding to an online report by L'Express magazine.
The news weekly reported on its site lexpress.fr that Wittstock had interrupted preparations for Friday and Saturday's lavish celebrations and prepared to take a flight a week ago for her home country South Africa.
It cited "a tense atmosphere, rumours of discord and a clash between the two fiances" linked to unspecified revelations about Prince Albert's "private life".
It named no sources but said an unnamed newspaper "possesses all the details."
"These rumours have the sole aim of harming the image of the Sovereign and consequently that of Miss Wittstock, and cause serious damage to this happy event," the palace retorted.
© 2011 AFP