Prince Albert of Monaco enjoys ANOTHER outing without Charlene at he’s spotted partying at Oktoberfest in Munich – while his wife visits family in South Africa
- The Monegasque royal, 65, has been spotted with friends in the Bavarian city
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Prince Albert of Monaco was spotted living it up in Munich this weekend as he partied at Oktoberfest with some friends while his wife Charlene is away.
The Monegasque royal, 65, was pictured with Clarissa Kuefer and her husband Michael, and Munich-based lawyer Alexander Liegl (who is also honorary consul to Monaco) on Saturday evening.
The father-of-two dressed the part for the Bavarian beer festival as he donned a brown suede jacket and matching buttoned trousers to attend the event – while Clarissa looked stunning in a mustard dirndl.
The royal beamed with his friends in the German city after he jetted in that evening, following a family outing with his children in Monaco earlier in the day.
His visit to Munich marks Albert’s first ever Oktoberfest in Germany, according to Point de Vue – although he was spotted partying at the beer festival in 2020 when it was moved to Monaco for the year.
Prince Albert was pictured living it up in Munich on Saturday evening where he celebrated Oktoberfest with some friends
Prince Albert’s evening out came after a wholesome family day in which he and his eight-year-old twins joined a litter picking event in Monaco which had been arranged to commemorate World Cleanup Day.
In photos posted on the Monaco Palace’s official Instagram account, the family get stuck into the task at hand, with Prince Albert appearing in a red polo neck shirt emblazoned with the Monegasque flag.
Meanwhile the Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who recently started a new school year, looked adorable in matching blue outfits – with Gabriella sporting a denim jumpsuit while her brother was dressed in a blue polo shirt and shorts. The trio each donned a cool white baseball cap.
The Monegasque royal, 65, donned a traditional Bavarian outfit in a brown suede jacket and trousers
Meanwhile Princess Charlene, 45, has been carrying out royal duties while visiting family in South Africa
The family outing comes as Princess Charlene, 45, enjoys some time with her relatives in her native South Africa after putting to bed rumours that her marriage to Prince Albert was on the rocks.
The mother-of-two flew to Cape Town last week, in her first visit to her home nation since her bout of ill-health two years ago.
Yesterday, the Palace shared snaps of Charlene carrying out solo engagements in South Africa, where she officially opened a Waterbike Challenge race that was being held in Sun City.
In the series of photos, the mother-of-two, dressed in a loose-fitted black shirt and white trousers as she presented the winning team, the ‘Bumble Bees’, with their first place trophy.
Glowing in the sunshine, the Princess beamed as she handed out the accolade.
In 2021, the Princess last went back to South Africa to visit family but did not return to Monaco for 10 months. According to the palace, a sinus infection prevented her from being able to fly.
By March 2022, the Palace announced she had returned home to Monaco and was reunited with her family, but she was still in need of medical attention before she would make a full recovery. She then went to a clinic in Switzerland for further treatment.
Prince Albert attended the Oktoberfest celebrations with Alexander Liegl (left), Michael Kuefer (second left) and his wife Clarissa (second right)
The Prince beamed at what is thought to be his first ever Oktoberfest festival in Munich
After receiving treatment and returning to royal life, Charlene’s relationship with her husband of 12 years was put under intense scrutiny as rumours of a rift between the royal couple began to circulate.
Earlier this year, French publication ROYAUTÉ reported the couple were on the brink of divorce – rumours the Palace was forced to deny.
The rumour mill went into overdrive that same month when the mother-of-two was spotted out and about in Milan on a solo visit, without her wedding or engagement ring.
A spokesman for the royal couple issued a statement asking people to dismiss the reports, saying: ‘I would like to formally deny the malicious rumours peddled by the French magazine Royauté. Please disregard this article which is totally unfounded.’
In the months that followed, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene put on a united front and appeared together at several public outings, both with and without their children.
However, just last month, reports emerged in German and French media that Princess Charlene was actually ‘living in Switzerland’, only saw her husband ‘via appointment’ and that their marriage was ‘ceremonial’.
The trio joined the World Cleanup Day event while Princess Charlene of Monaco spends time in her native South Africa
In photos shared on Instagram by the Monaco Palace, Prince Albert, 65, and 8-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, took part in a litter picking event
A source close to the couple told French newspaper Voici that the former Olympic swimmer and son of Grace Kelly are just a ‘ceremonial couple’.
It added that Charlene has promised to return to Monaco on official occasions and is now allowed to see her children more often.
‘Albert and Charlène are now good partners, take turns taking care of the children,’ a source added to Bild German newspaper.
With rumours swirling once again, the couple put on a united front and appeared at almost a dozen engagements in as many days last week – with each of the pair raking part in interviews to deny the rumours.
In her first interview for several months in the Monegasque media, the former Olympic swimmer, 45, hit back at the rumours of tension between the royal couple and insisted she is ‘serene and happy’.
She told Monaco Matin she is in ‘great shape’ and hopes to continue sport soon after regaining ‘more energy and feeling stronger’.
After a three-week family holiday to Corsica to ‘unwind’ before the start of school term, Charlene said she feels ‘serene and happy’.
The royal no longer wants to address the unfavourable rumours in the hope that they will eventually disappear.
Instead, she spoke to the publication in light of her eight-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, returning to school.
She suggested a united front and shared parenting goals with Albert when it comes to taking care of their children, revealing: ‘The first thing that seemed essential to me and my husband was to teach them to swim.’
Meanwhile Prince Albert told an Italian publication: ‘Charlène is always by my side. I don’t understand all these rumours which hurt me, about the fact that she lives elsewhere, in Switzerland, meetings by appointment to see us. These are lies.’
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