Wittstock says 'everything fine' ahead of wedding: friend

29th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

South African Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling told local media Wednesday that "everything is fine" ahead of Charlene Wittstock's marriage to Monaco's Prince Albert II, despite rumours of cold feet.

Neethling, a gold medalist friend of Wittstock's who is attending the wedding Friday and Saturday, said he phoned to check on her after South Africa's Times newspaper called him to confirm rumours that she had tried to leave Monaco.

"I just spoke to her assistant and whatever the story is, it's not true. I'll be very surprised if it's true. I called her and asked if everything is okay, and they said everything is fine," he told the paper.

Neethling said he was still flying to Monaco for the wedding.

Monaco's royal palace Tuesday angrily denied an online report by French magazine L'Express that said Wittstock had interrupted her wedding preparations and tried to take a flight home a week ago.

© 2011 AFP

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