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Inside Princess Charlene's scandal-hit marriage as she's 'paid £10m a YEAR to stay’ – wedding tears to love children
SHE's a stunning ex-Olympic swimmer and he's the son of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, born into royalty – on paper, Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert of Monaco's marriage was the stuff of fairy tales.
But since their elaborate £53million wedding 10 years ago – described at the time as the nation's "biggest party in 55 years" – the couple have been dogged by scandal.
And while the Princess delighted royal fans recently by returning to public life with two appearances in a fortnight after a year away, rumours are swirling her re-emergence has come at a 'cost'.
A sensational report by French media outlet Voici claimed Charlene is being paid "£12 million euros [£10.2m] per year" to fulfil her role as consort, as part of an "ultra-confidential contract" she would have made her husband sign.
Rival publication Paris Match Belgium also reported that Albert “would himself pay a tidy sum to the princess so that she appears at his side at public events”.
Royals in Monaco don’t receive a salary, meaning the princess is most likely reliant on her billionaire husband.
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A Monte Carlo-based royal insider told MailOnline: “Of course the Princess enjoys huge perks, but ready cash is not guaranteed.
“She’s been through a very difficult time, so it would make sense for Charlene to try and secure her own guaranteed income.”
Previously, Charlene, 43, spent six months in South Africa battling an ear, nose and throat infection, having travelled there for her philanthropic and conservation work, and missed her 10th wedding anniversary and their children's first day at school.
Her departure was rumoured to have coincided with a rift with her husband, 63, amid allegations he cheated, but Albert has insisted there are no problems within their relationship.
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