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Newlyweds express 'outrage' over 'unbearable' marriage rumours

With their honeymoon over, it was time to set the record straight.

On Wednesday, just hours after returning from their holiday in South Africa, Prince Albert of Monaco summoned representatives from three news agencies to a meeting.



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The purpose was to address some of the hurtful stories that had appeared in the run up to their wedding, and thereafter.

And his stern words made it very clear – enough is enough.

"We want to express our outrage about these rumours. It's unbearable," said Albert – as reported in Nice-Matin, one of the publications at the meeting.

"What is regrettable is that the media seized on these rumours without verifying their information," continued the 53-year-old.

"I find it unworthy of your colleagues. I have always respected the freedom of expression.

"But the dissemination of false information is lamentable and subject to criminal penalties."

Princess Charlene sat by his side, holding his hand throughout the meeting, which was conducted in French. 

The new royal  was asked at one point if she had anything to add, to which she replied, in English: "No, I think that says it all."

It was widely rumoured in the French press that Charlene had tried to flee Monaco ahead of the wedding, only to be stopped by officials.

These stories were categorically denied by the palace.

Then there were more reports Albert had fathered another child out of wedlock.

As to where the false reports could have come from, Albert said: "There are people in Monaco who seek to harm us."

He declined to elaborate further.

As to the fuss made over the couple's stay in separate hotels for one evening, Albert said that it had all been blown out of proportion.

"Sometimes these rumours made us smile, such as when the media explained that the princess and I had not slept in the same hotel in South Africa.

"It was for practical reasons of course."

The Monegasque sovereign added that the couple managed to "escape the paparazzi" by holidaying in Mozambique from July 9-20. He said it was "a marvellous stay. We weren't disturbed".

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