Charlene's Monaco marriage like 'winning World Cup": father
Princess Charlene's marriage to Monaco's Prince Albert II felt like winning the World Cup, her father Mike Wittstock told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper.
"It's just such a proud moment that I cannot describe. We are so happy for them," he said. "It feels as if we've just won the World Cup."
The South African swim champ married Albert in a civil ceremony Friday followed by a lavish church service on Saturday, but the pageantry was dimmed by media reports on rumours that the 33-year-old had been intercepted trying to flee home to South Africa earlier in the week.
"I am so disappointed that people believe this nonsense. I am also very disappointed in the South African media who picked up on the story and ran with it before finding out the facts for themselves," her father told the paper.
"It's rubbish. I was with them the entire time until late at night. It did not happen," he said in an interview held late Friday night.
The wedding was broadcast live on South African television, and the Sunday Times splashed across its front page a photo of Charlene in her veil and gown, captioned "Fairy Tale".
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