Though Prince Albert of Monaco was hit with claims that he fathered a third love child, his wife, Princess Charlene, declared she is sticking by his side.
"When my husband has problems, he tells me about it," the former Olympic swimmer, who turns 43 on January 25, explained to Point de Vue. "I often tell him, 'No matter what, no matter what, I'm a thousand percent behind you. I'll stand by you whatever you do, in good times or in bad.'"
The pair share two kids of their own: 6-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Last year, reports surfaced that Albert had an affair with a 34-year-old Brazilian woman, which resulted in him allegedly fathering a baby girl who was born in 2005. In September, he received a letter from a 15-year-old girl that read, "I don't understand why I grew up without a father, and now that I have found you, you don't want to see me.'"
Legal papers were also filed that suggested Albert take a DNA test.
The royal's lawyers labeled the situation as a "hoax," but this isn't the first time he's been in this predicament, as he's fathered two illegitimate children before — one born in the 1990s and one in the 2000s. A DNA test confirmed their relationship.
While he fathered the other two children before he ever met Charlene, this third child would have been conceived while the two were in a relationship. Still, Charlene has no intentions of splitting up.
In the interview, the athlete called her husband "loyal, determined and courageous," adding that she will "always" stay by his side to "protect" him. However, a source claimed that behind closed doors, she's rightfully upset over the scandal.
"Charlene has had a terrible year, with one family crisis after another including Albert going down with Coronavirus, and now she’s gearing herself up for this hell," the source shared.
Some thought that Charlene's drastic new haircut was her way of lashing out: on December 16, she debuted a buzzed, "half-hawk" look. "This haircut was my decision," she told the publication. "It seems that it has provoked all kinds of comments. But it turns out that I wanted it for a long time, the style pleases me. That's all."
"Of course. The remarks of 'But what is she doing?' and 'But it's not royal!' — I know these all too well," she acknowledged of the reception her bold style received. "And I have nothing to say to them, except that we're in 2021 and that in these times which are so troubling, so difficult, there are other, much more important subjects which deserve our attention."
"What counts is that Jacques and Gabriella adore seeing their mother with her new style," she added. "And that after the initial surprise wore off, the prince understood and likes it now too."