Prince Albert of Monaco attended the glittering Rose Ball last night without his wife Princess Charlene amid rumors that the couple could split after she was spotted without her wedding ring.
During an appearance in Milan on Friday, Charlene, 44,’s ring finger was visibly bare, sparking speculation that the Monegasque royal may be planning a split.
However, later that day, the couple made a joint appearance at the Monte Carlo Woman of the Year awards, where Charlene appeared to proudly wear her wedding ring, throwing cold water on the split rumors.
Last night, Prince Albert, 65, attended the Rose Ball without his wife, accompanied instead by his sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover.
The royal looked smart as she smiled for the cameras, wearing a classic black two-piece suit and bowtie. Meanwhile, Ella Caroline donned a sequined silver maxi dress for the occasion, which she teamed with strappy sandals and a sleek up-do.
Prince Albert of Monaco (right) attended the Rose Ball last night without his wife Princess Charlene. Instead, he was accompanied by his sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover (left)
Charlene’s absence may not have surprised everyone, as she also didn’t make it to last year’s glitzy ball.
On that occasion, Prince Albert was once again accompanied by Princess Carolina, since they both attended the event together.
The couple’s joint appearance on Friday followed French magazine ROYAUTÉ’s claim that the prince and princess are in the process of separating, a rumor that gained momentum when the article was echoed by gossip sites, sparking online speculation. social.
Rumors of the couple’s marriage first circulated after Charlene was absent from Monaco for most of 2021 while receiving medical treatment in her native South Africa, and was admitted to a Swiss clinic for treatment for exhaustion upon her return. .
Now he’s back in full swing with royal duties and public appearances, but French magazine ROYAUTÉ claimed that the Prince and Princess are in the process of separating.
However, the Palace press office said that they “formally deny the malicious rumors spread by the magazine.”
A spokesperson said: ‘I would like to formally deny the malicious rumors spread by the French magazine Royauté. Please ignore this article which is completely unfounded.’
On Friday, Princess Charlene came out into the open for the first time since rumors resurfaced, stepping out in a camel jumper.
Princess Charlene (pictured) was seen in Milan on Friday, not wearing her wedding ring, sparking more split rumors.
The royal couple wed in July 2011 after the prince proposed to her with a handcrafted pear-cut diamond flanked by smaller diamonds designed by Paris-based Italian jeweler Repossi.
Later, during the wedding service, the couple exchanged platinum and 18-karat white gold Cartier rings, with Princess Charlene laughing as she placed the ring on her husband’s finger.
However, there have been reports of a breakup between the Prince and Princess since their high-profile marriage.
At the time, Charlene was dubbed the ‘runaway bride’ by the French media after she allegedly tried to run away before the wedding, but the reports were always denied.
Princess Charlene was conspicuously absent from the Rose Ball last night, which she attended with Princess Caroline (pictured left to right: Christian Louboutin, second from left, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Stephane Valeri at the Dance of the Roses)
And since their wedding day, the royals have often gone without either ring, sometimes even wearing different rings on their ring finger.
In the early days of the marriage, the royal was often seen showing off the stunning, but since 2017 she has rarely been seen wearing the rings, even at formal events.
The long-awaited Rose Ball was first launched in 1954 by Princess Grace of Monaco, the American actress who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Currently, the event is chaired by the Sovereign Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hannover.
The funds raised go to the Princess Grace Foundation, which helps young artists through scholarships.