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Princess Charlene of Monaco thrilled to meet Tutu

- July 30, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo by Hattie Miles.

Princess Charlene of Monaco was among prominent guests at the recent Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations and she has revealed that she was particularly excited to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Her husband Prince Albert told celebrity site People.com that the princess had been thrilled to be part of the event. She had met President Obama who had given the keynote speech  in Johannesburg but “…she wanted to see Desmond Tutu too. He’s great man and he’s very fond of her.” She was later filmed meeting both Tutu and Sir Richard Branson. 

The 40-year-old princess was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) but moved with her family to South Africa in 1989 and went on to represent the country as an Olympic swimmer.

She married Prince Albert, son of golden couple - the late Prince Ranier and former Hollywood star Princess Grace - in July 2011.

Among Princess Charlene’s interests have been working as a global ambassador for the respect and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in sport and campaigning for AIDS charities.