Monaco's Prince Albert Engaged to Olympic Swimmer

The son of the late Princess Grace is finally ready to walk down the aisle at the age of 52

Charlene Wittstock, a former school teacher and South African swimmer, has found her prince, quite literally. It was announced today that Monaco's Prince Albert II is engaged to Wittstock. It will be the first marriage for both. Albert is the son of the late Prince Rainier III and his bride, Philadephia-born movie star Grace Kelly, who died in a 1982 car crash.

As the statement out of Monaco reads, "The princely palace announced on Wednesday, June 23, the engagement of his Most Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco with Miss Charlene Wittstock." The Mediterranean palace has told People, "Everyone here is extremely, extremely happy." 

No wedding date is set yet for Prince Albert II, 52, and Wittstock, 32, who met in 2006 at the Torino Winter Olympic opening ceremonies in Italy. The pair are both former Olympic competitors themselves: Wittsock for swimming, Prince Albert for bobsled.

Wittstock has reportedly become friendly with Albert's sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie, who have tutored her in royal protocol. However, as a source told People, Wittstock "knows instinctively what is expected of her." 

While he's never been married before, Prince Albert (described by the AP as "broadly well-liked by his 8,000 subjects") has acknowledged fathering two children: a 5-year-old son born to a Togolese flight attendant, and an 18-year-old daughter who lives in California. 

Royal-watchers await wedding details, but may not be treated to much info as the big day approaches. A close family friend confirmed that it will be a "very private, very family" event. 

Why do you think Prince Albert has waited until age 52 to get married? Chime in below!

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