Kerre McIvor

Kerre McIvor is a Herald on Sunday columnist

Kerre McIvor: Princess and player - the Shrek factor

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Rumours are rife over Princess Charlene of Monaco and "friend of the family" Byron Kelleher. Photo / Getty Images
Rumours are rife over Princess Charlene of Monaco and "friend of the family" Byron Kelleher. Photo / Getty Images

If Princess Charlene and Byron are really getting it on, I have a bloody good chance of having a dart down the blindside with George Clooney.

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Byron Kelleher?

Really? Has there been a more unlikely hook-up since Princess Fiona and Shrek?

The tabloid tom-tom drums have been beating furiously, with reports that Princess Charlene failed to accompany her husband to the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands a fortnight ago because she was in her native South Africa with Kelleher.

Of course, it may all be perfectly innocent. Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, is heavily involved in her sports-focused charitable foundation and local boy and former All Black Kelleher is in charge of the foundation's rugby projects.

He is a "friend of the family", was invited to the royal wedding, and has reportedly holidayed with Prince Albert and Princess Charlene.

So the rumours may be just that - rumours.

She's a flighty one, that Charlene, though.

I was on a cruise a couple of years ago and we couldn't sail into Monaco as preparations for the wedding of Albert and Charlene were in overdrive and the port was closed.

We headed to Nice and the next day the papers were full of the news that Charlene had done a runner to the airport - just days before her wedding - and had to be persuaded to return by palace officials.

She became known in the tabloids as the runaway bride.

She and her husband had the last laugh, however, when they successfully sued the Sunday Times in London for reporting her alleged escape attempts.

So these latest rumours may again be the work of the malevolent forces in Monaco that wish Albert's family harm, as the Prince has claimed.

All I know is that if they're true, Byron is punching waaaaay above his weight.

If Princess Charlene and Byron are really getting it on, and their respective attractiveness ratio is a universal rule of thumb, I have a bloody good chance of having a dart down the blindside with George Clooney.

- Herald on Sunday

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