Prince Albert of Monaco is engaged to marry South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, the royal palace announced in a statement Wednesday. The palace did not indicate a wedding date, but palace
spokesperson Laetitia Pierrat said under protocol, royal couples must wait at least six months between the announcement of the engagement and the wedding day. Pierrat said Albert, 52, met Wittstock, 32, in 2000 when she was visiting Monaco for a swimming competition. Wittstock has lived in Monaco since 2006. Colombe Pringle, executive editor of the French celebrity magazine Point de Vue, said she hasn’t heard any rumours that Wittstock might already be pregnant, but said there would “obviously” be an heir. Albert has never been married, but has two children from previous relationships. Neither can assume the throne because they were born out of wedlock.