Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The £4,600-a-night hotel where Prince Albert is 'trying to persuade Charlene to stay in marriage'

-Love child DNA test results to be delayed until honeymoon is over

By Peter Allen

Honeymoon hideaway: The entrance of the Oyster Box hotel in Durban, South Africa, where Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco will spend their honeymoon

Prince Albert of Monaco is set to use a £4,600-a-night hotel suite to try to 'persuade' his new bride that their marriage can work.

It follows at least three alleged attempts by Princess Charlene to escape from the principality over the past year, right up until their £55million wedding last weekend.

She is said to be dreading the results of DNA tests, which may show that Albert has fathered at least one other illegitimate child to add to the two he already has with two other women.

Dark clouds: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert arrive for a dinner at Opera terraces in Monaco after their religious wedding ceremony on July 2

The view from the infinity pool: With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa's most distinguished hotels

But now the 53-year-old Prince is believed to be taking the 33-year-old former Olympic swimmer on a massively expensive honeymoon in her home country of South Africa.

Sources in Monaco say they will book into the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, which is on the Indian Ocean.

It is less than half-an-hour's drive from Durban, where Charlene used to train, and often enjoyed by newlyweds.

Its website reads: 'Constructed in 1869 and originally used as a navigational beacon, a beach cottage known as the "Oyster Box" was first converted into a hotel in the 1930s.'

Sumptuous: The sea views and ocean air will help Prince Albert and Princess Charlene work up an appetite - and hopefully help her forget about his lovechild dramas

Time for a dip: The hotel's premier suite includes a marble bath with a view of the Indian Ocean

Magical: A fairytale suite fit for a prince and his princess

Albert, who is a billionaire, is believed to have booked the Presidential Suite, which is set on two floors and includes an ornate-leafed bed, its own swimming pool and a freestanding marble bath overlooking the Indian Ocean.

The suite, which has its own terrace overlooking the sea and a private dining area which can seat ten, is priced at £4,600 a night.

On Thursday, the royal couple are also expected to attend an International Olympic Committee banquet in their honour at the hotel.

Hard at work: A member of staff at the Oyster Box hotel in Durban puts the finishing touches to preparations for the arrival of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

Important guests: Staff at The Oyster Box in Durban prepare to fly the Monaco flag in the foyer in preparations for the arrival of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

A senior Palace source in Monte Carlo said: 'It's a perfect place for a pair of newlyweds, and may well be all that Charlene needs to make her feel certain that marrying Albert was exactly the right thing to do.

'William took Catherine to a very expensive beach resort for their honeymoon following the British Royal Wedding, so why not Albert and Charlene?'

Tears of joy? Charlene Princess of Monaco wipes a tear as she leaves the St Devote Church after her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco

Solemn moment: Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene kneel at the altar during their religious wedding ceremony at the Palace in Monaco

Results of the DNA tests are unlikely to be released during the couple's South Africa honeymoon, and this is because Charlene could refuse to return to Monaco if they point towards Albert having been unfaithful, the source admitted.

Sources said the Monaco palace had hoped the glitzy wedding - attended by a host of celebrities and European royalty - would 'overshadow' new claims about secret children fathered by Albert.

Instead, Charlene was in floods of tears at one point, while her husband looked on impassively.

If an 'arrangement' has been reached it may be that Charlene's principal aim will be to produce a legitimate heir for Albert in return for a multi-millionaire lifestyle.

Albert has a six-year-old son named Alexandre through Togolese former air hostess Nicole Coste, and a 19-year-old daughter, Jazmin, with Tamara Rotolo, an American estate agent.

Despite confirmation of the DNA tests, Charlene's father, photocopier salesman Mike Wittstock said: 'I am so disappointed that people believe this nonsense'.

Describing the joy he felt at his only daughter marrying a multi-millionaire Prince, he added: 'It feels as if we've just won the World Cup.'


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