She began dating Monaco’s sovereign Prince in late 2005 or early 2006, after reuniting with him at a mutual friend’s New Year’s Eve party in South Africa. She moved to Monaco in 2007, obtaining a small apartment by herself to prepare for her role as potentially the future Princess of Monaco and continue training for the Beijing Olympics (of which, later she ceased to qualify for and stopped competing all together). It was in 2008 when the rumors began-alleging that Prince Albert had popped the question and they were getting married in September. Well, September 2008 came and went, and no wedding bells rang in Monaco. Royal watchers around the world were beginning to wonder if Monaco’s “play-boy” Prince would ever settle down and produce a legitimate heir to the throne. Finally, on June 23, 2010, after the pair attended the Swedish Royal wedding, Monaco’s Palace announced that Prince Albert would marry Miss Charlene Lynette Wittstock. It was set to be the “wedding of the year”, until William decided to ask his long-time girlfriend Catherine Middleton for her hand in marriage.
Since 2007, Charlene has accompanied Prince Albert on numerous trips around the world for various occasions. In 2009, she was asked to be Ladies Lunch Monte Carlo’s honorary President by Prince Albert’s cousin Christian’s wife Cecile. In 2010, she was associated with both the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Born Free Foundation. She is a regular at Princess Stephanie’s events for FIGHT AIDS MONACO and at AMfarevents. In 2010, she took up the cause of Special Olympics of South Africa and Monaco and taking up this cause earned her title of Global Ambassador to the Special Olympics in 2011.