Prince Albert of Monaco attends charity concert with singer.... but where's wife Charlene?

By Peter Allen

Who's that girl? Prince Albert and singer Beth Hart attend a concert hosted by Help the auction at Opera Garnier in Monaco on Saturday

Prince Albert of Monaco attended a glittering charity event with a glamorous singer - promoting speculation that his marriage to Princess Charlene is once again on the rocks.

The 53-year-old royal astonished onlookers at an auction organised by a disabled charity by turning up without his 33-year-old wife.

Instead he was accompanied by Beth Hart, a 39-year-old American whose 'LA Song (Out of this Town) featured in the final season of Beverly Hills, 90210.

'They looked very comfortable and relaxed together,' said a source who attended the event at the Opera Garnier in the Mediterranean principality on Saturday.

'Albert clearly needed a female partner, but everybody was asking where Charlene was. Surely it's the job of a Princess to accompany her Prince to events like this?'

It was the second time in a row that Charlene stayed away from a public event attended by Albert.

Hart, whose song featured in the final season of Beverly Hills, 90210, performed at the event

Last week his sister, Princess Charlene, was on his arm when he launched a classic sailing boat race in Monaco.

Albert and Charlene's summer marriage was plunged into crisis when the former Olympic swimmer tried to flee home from South Africa following reports that he had yet another love child.

He currently has two known ones - six-year-old son Alexandre through a former Togolese air hostess, Nicole Coste, and a 19-year-old daughter, Jazmin, with Tamara Rotola, an American estate agent.

Palace officials in Monte Carlo confirmed that DNA tests were imminent, and that Albert would face up to his responsibilities as a parent.

Speculation about the frail state of the marriage deepened when the Prince admitted to spending part of their South African honeymoon sleeping alone in a different hotel to Charlene.

Albert's aides said it was to 'avoid the traffic' when he attended an Olympic committee meeting in Durban.

The couple's latest unusual behaviour comes as the Monaco tourist office launches a 'World Capital of Romance' initiative.

The highly publicised royal wedding attracted some 100,000 visitors, and the Principality is hoping that many more will arrive to visit the place where Albert and Charlene wed.

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