Monaco's royal couple blasts runaway bride rumors

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: T.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Pascal L... Read more
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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Nov. 1, 2011 in New York City.
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(CBS) Monaco's newlywed royals, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, have been married for four months now. But rumors that the bride, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, tried to bolt before the wedding continue to circulate.

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Both Charlene, 33, and Albert, 53, dismissed talk about cold feet during a visit to NBC's "Today" on Thursday. Reports said Charlene tried to flee Monaco before the big day in July and was even stopped from boarding a helicopter to Nice, France.

When asked if there's any truth to the story, Charlene said, "Not at all."

She explained, "Why would he go through the effort to have our most intimate dearest friends join us for us to be reluctant? It sounded a bit hilarious."

The prince also addressed the runaway bride reports, saying, "I think they were part jealousy, part people that were envious," he said. "They did not like the fact that we were finally together.

"It was also a wonderful opportunity to write on something with a negative spin," Charlene added, "because people would buy the magazines or listen to all the negativity."

Albert, also a former Olympian, dated Charlene for five years before walking down the aisle. When asked if he felt any pressure to settle down, the Prince said, "A little bit, a little bit from the family, but mostly outside the family."

Still, even on his wedding day, Albert faced criticism for looking serious while exchanging vows. "It is unfair," he said during the "Today" visit while looking at his wife. "I thought I paid attention to you and smiled at you many times. Maybe that's not enough for some people."