Or, as I’m privately referring to her lately, “Princess Prisoner.” Seriously, no one looked more miserable at the Oscars than she did.
Oh my. That look he is giving her in the third picture is seriously creepy. Run Princess Prisoner.
Yeah, he looks creepier than usual in that picture. Ugh. I do like the back of the dress, though. But the front is a sort-of sister-wife hybrid that doesn’t work.
Yes, that third photo is CREEPY, in a soon-to-be-court-evidence-for-abuse kind of way. Yikes!
He has a death-grip on her arm! Her eyes are beyond sad. Wow.
On the bright side, I get to have my third swig for spotting a peacock blue dress in the background! What, should the Oscars drinking game be over by now?
Please just fake being happy once, Princess Charlene. Please? Your eyes are so sad all the time it hurts to look at you.
I’m not exaggerating. I want to cry every time I see her.
Plus, he appears to be gripping her arm in the third picture. Seriously, it gives me the chills.
I feel like that makeup is also not helping matters: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/02/27/princess-charlene-of-monaco-in-akris-2012-oscars/
Yes, some brighter makeup might have helped. But the dress looked big, blousey and sad.
But what of her dress? Aside from announcing you like the back, this post was about Princess Charlene’s sad, unfortunate life situation. Don’t you have an opinion about her gown?
I usually just comment on what people are wearing, but in her case, I just can’t look past her tragic eyes. Seriously, I have never, ever seen someone look this miserable at the Oscars.
I think she can’t smile because she’s all Botox-ed up. In the comment section on another blog, someone mentioned that Botox use is popular among former swimmers.
That said, the dress she is wearing was shown in an actual color when it walked down the runway. Like Kristen Wiig, Charlene is allergic to color.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh so sad. She is breaking my heart right now.
If you look up “wan” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Princess Charlene.
So, on Oscar night, I was trying to explain to my husband the whole Princess Prisoner/Prince Creepy thing. I don’t think he found it nearly as interesting as I do…
Anyway, that 3rd picture…yowza. Frightening.
She always looks so sad/out of it, she could have been wearing the most beautiful dress around and it wouldn’t have mattered. I feel bad for her.
I don’t feel sorry for her, just very impatient. If you’re that miserable, fix it. I’ve used up all my sympathy for folks in unfixable situations on people who are actually in unfixable situations. Charlene is not one of them. Also her dress is boring and fug, her arm candy stinks, and her hair and makeup are totally lackluster.
I kind of agree. She needs a get-a-grip friend. Either do something about your situation, or look at it as a business arrangement and go to work…as in, you are in the business of being a princess and you, at some point, made this choice so buck and look happy for the required year or whatever until you can divorce.
I feel the same… it’s hard for me to have sympathy when she’ll get a mint if/when they divorce, when so many people in this world are struggling financially. They make these things called antidepressants that she could use until that time comes.
Oooh, now I want to go back in time to when Sassy Gay Friend was happening and have him pop out, flick his scarf, and “WHAT WHAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” her. I would totally vote that Funny on Funny or Die.
So I’m guessing none of y’all have ever actually EXPERIENCED clinical depression, right? I have, and it feels exactly like she looks. Especially the first picture, where her shoulders are scrunched as if she’s in pain. Because she is in pain; actual, physical PAIN. Anti-depressants are great, but they don’t work for everybody. And even for the people for whom they work, they often only work to about 60 or 70 %. It’s damn hard to “fix yourself” when your brain is telling you that everything you’ve ever done is worthless and worse, that you ought to be able to snap yourself out of it.. Money can’t fix that. Given the choice, I would take financial difficulties and good mental health over money and depression EVERY TIME. She doesn’t need a “Get a Grip” friend, she needs medical help. Even if she originally thought she could handle the situation, she clearly cannot.
I know I’m not a licensed mental health professional and I’ve never actually met this woman and therefore cannot possibly diagnose her condition accurately. But I do know Major Depressive Disorder and those dead eyes are a give-away.
I have to agree with lisas, except I don’t mind the dress. Color would have been nice, but I could even live with this color if she had worn some pretty and bright lipstick.
I agree. She is young, beautiful, was a talented athlete, what the heck??? She can fix this – either leave, or get an all-consuming hobby. I have neighbors whose heating allowance from the govt was cut this year, and are in danger of freezing to death for me to waste sympathy on a woman who has choices.
You know it’s not as simple as that. right? She already tried to leave once, and she was intercepted by police and her passport was confiscated. That goes beyond “just leave him, girlfriend” territory.
Right?! I’ve been saying that since the hidden passport reports. Oh come on, it’s Monaco. You can literally walk to France in 15 minutes if you’re so unhappy.
Oh, I totally read this as “Princess Shailene” and thought “Hey, isn’t that nifty?” I really should put on my reading glasses, but I don’t want to get out of bed! I think the dress is OK and the back is interesting, but the lack of color and emotion in her face and defeated demeanor doesn’t help! I think that we are witnessing Princess Grace’s story repeat itself, hopefully not tragically!
I kinda like the dress except for the collar. She’s so tall and slim that she can totally pull off the draping at the waist. But she looks so pale and sad it’s distracting – I hope she has some friends who can get her outta there! Intervention time.
Her headlights are distracting, as is all the plastic surgery that turned her face into his mother’s (ish). Plus, that’s one helluva smallpox vaccine scar, indented like that.
I think the dress might look better on a brunette. Maybe even Kristen Wiig, even though it’s not a color.
Could be a TB test scar.
I’m all for facilitating a political asylum/intervention for this gal. The guy gives me the creeps.
Man…every time I see them I feel so bad for her!!:( And what kind of man marries a women who literally tried to flee!! I feel like that is just awful. I’d look miserable all the time too!! It’s like in Ever After when the princess he’s suppose to marry just keeps crying the entire time cause she’s in love with someone else and he does the RIGHT thing and let’s her go. I do love that movie.
He’s holding on to her because he has to produce a “legitimate” heir or Monaco reverts to France.
Oh dear. All around, just Oh Dear.
She did try to “fix it”, but they won’t let her out of the country alone. I almost wish she’d have a baby already so she could leave.
You don’t think he would let her leave with the baby, do you? He would tell her, sure, leave, but the baby stays here with me.
Brilliant AGAIN. If only Captain Von Trapp had been paying attention.
I like the dress, actually. With some smiles it might have been beautiful.
OK, I know he’s Grace Kelly’s son, but otherwise, what were they even doing there?
And since he’s GK’s son, why isn’t he better looking? And why is he so creepy? His father seems like a pleasant enough man, so I don’t know where that comes from.
These are rhetorical questions, by the way.
They are couple who’s brittle exterior never covers their hellish marriage. Both are decidedly creepy..
The dress is very pretty. Unfortunately, Charlene was washed out by the kliegs.
Where is Dan Humphrey when you need him?
My exact thoughts. And to think; I claimed the GG storylines were becoming completely unrealistic.
HA! I was wanting someone to comment on the Blair/Prince Louis storyline! Ripped from the headlines. At least Louis is hot!
Charlene, one word. Arsenic! It’s so classic, they might not even test for it.
Sorry if I’m late to this party, but has anyone else begun to wonder if Gossip Girl‘s current story line is a nod at Prince Albert and Princess Prisoner?
As I’m currently reading the Game of Thrones series, this set of pictures intrigues me. Charlene is obviously no Cersei Lannister. (Which is good on a lot of levels except for the self determination one.)
The dress is reminiscent of the Widow Longoria’s weeds; they serve to heighten the misery of the woman wearing them. A pretty pastel would have helped this one a lot!
When I saw her in the audience shots I thought it was Brigitte Neilsen. Which is I think only slightly less random than Why Was the Sovereign Prince of the World’s Least Significant Country Invited to the Oscars?
Yeesh. Every time I see this woman, I think “She looks so sad.” Just completely downtrodden and miserable. Even when she smiles (or tries to), it never reaches her eyes. I don’t know her or her life, but she clearly feels like her situation is untenable, and she needs SOME kind of help, whether it’s meds or a come-to-Jesus talk or talk therapy or all three.
I think this whole look ages her, particularly the hair. The hair is very pageant-y/bad mother-of-the-bride. The dress does look nice from the back, though.
Their interview (plus that of the random couple with them) on the red carpet on ABC was UNCOMFORTABLE. Not only did Princess Prisoner look like the epitome of a woman in need of a divorce the questions about Princess Grace (60yrs ago she won her Oscar and 30 yrs ago she died..which i’m thinking is why they were invited but…ew) were super tacky and put the whole group on edge.
Lord, the contrast between Princess Kate and Princess Prisoner is faaaaaarrr toooo wide.
I second all the “what are they even doing here?” comments. Do they even have any industry connections? Because otherwise this feels like a badly parlayed attempt to prove that they’re a happy couple. Princess Prisoner’s eyes speak volumes.
I have to say I’m a little disturbed by all the “I don’t feel sorry for her because she’s rich/pretty/etc/” comments on this post. Being rich and/or pretty doesn’t make living in a hellish marriage that you were coerced into entering by your government any easier. The idea that she just needs to buck up – or somehow magically be able to enter another country without her passport and without the police intercepting her – is cavalier at best. At worst…well, I won’t say what else I think that sounds like.
I could not agree more with you, Charlotte!
Those that make disturbing comments about how she should simply get out have obviously never been in a manipulative or an emotionally abusive relationship. Blaming the woman for staying? Seriously? How about blaming a prince or the government? Even if the government had not interfered, being with someone that is controlling can be nearly impossible to get away from. It takes more than bucking up and looking on the bright side to get over it.
She was born in South Africa and she hasn’t given up her nationality, to my understanding. She certainly can ask for her government’s help if she wants out. She had a shot at bolting she didn’t take: she was actually in SA a week before the wedding, alone. It is a lie to say she was coerced by South Africa into her marriage. She just wanted to become a princess, that’s all. Of course none this justifies any kind of coerctionshe might be enduring.
She is at the Oscar’s for pete’s sake!! If I were her, and if I was being held against my will, I would excuse myself to go to the bathroom, and run for a taxi to take me to the embassy. I feel that she has means to get out, while other women don’t, so my sympathy is limited for her. Enough said. Back to the ugly clothes.
*Is such a geek*
They were invited by the CEO of Disney (who, presumably, has the ability to purchase tickets to this type of shindig) who is apparently, long-time buddies with HSH.
He looks happy in the pics where he’s actually looking off to the side – at Viola Davis, Octavia Spenser, and Zoe Saldana.
Whoever it was who called her “The Hostage Bride” appears to be right if that 3rd picture is any indication. The dress? I can’t tell if the lighting is washing her out or if white is just not her color.
I seriously love this dress.
Poor Charlene though – beautiful though the dress is, that marriage/hostage situation ain’t worth it.
Such a beautiful girl. The dress is simple but I do love it. Why why why is she forced to accessorize with blank-eyed blob-man??
How did he go from being a handsome prince and a “good catch,” to middle-aged banker? (Nothing against bankers, but he’s a friggin’ prince, for Heaven’s sake). He’s in the age range of Cruise and Clooney.
Poor girl. She just looks miserable. I actually kind of like the dress, though.
What are they doing there? No one goes to the Academy Awards unless he or she is presenting or has a project up for an award or has simply decided or been told it’s important to be seen. None of these reasons applies. Probably Charlene didn’t know it was infra dig and had always wanted to go and so now that she’s the Princess of Monaco figured she might as well. Or maybe Albert just wants to show her off. In any case she should be shown off. She looks great!
Wow. That is one sad mujer.
OMG…am I the only one to notice that…she’s starting to LOOK LIKE HIM ?
look at the cheekbones, the nose, the huge forehead…on the first picture. He’s morphing her into him !!!
I wish she’d wear color. She is actually lovely. And as for her life situation – I say we gather up a posse of Fug Girls fans, parachute into Monaco, and rescue her!
Wow, lots of speculation about her private life and her mental state. It’s like she’s not wearing any clothes! I like this dress. I don’t think it would look better in a colour, I think it’s so delicate it needs to be in this light colour.
Some pix of Charlene pre-marriage, wearing colour. She looks miz in some of them too.
BTW, she went out with Albert for TEN YEARS before they got married. TEN YEARS. Plenty of time to flee. Or find someone else. Or get treatment for depression.
All that said, I do not like this dress. It’s boring and blah.
Also, we don’t know what the problem is. Maybe it’s all “Albie darling, the doctor says I can never have kids, I can’t possibly marry you now!” and he’s “never mind the dynasty Char, you’re still the gal for me” and she’s “but it makes me so unhappppyy!” and he’s “honey, chill”.
Hard to imagine, given how little eye contact they seem to make in public, but still. Picture 3: “OMG Tom Cruise – even he has a kid!!!” “Calm down! He’ll hear you!”
She always has this look , no matter the time or place, as if her life is misery. And yes, this prince can be straaaange.
The dress is a snore on someone who has all the resources to do better. The grey eyeshadow in the inner corner of her eye makes her oddly sleepy. The high forehead hair is I suppose a nod to her spouse. She had ten years of making the bed before deciding she did not want to lie in it, so no outpouring of sympathy from me.
Pleae! Prisoner? sad? she fought for this title for about a decade! Golden digger!
Wow. I saw her in the crowd and I thought she was Naomi Watts and I was truly concerned for Naomi’s well-being for the duration of the show.
Prince Albert is a creep. Remember 80′s supermodel Karen Mulder. She had a nervous breakdown and claimed that Albert raped her. These people are all crazy and I’m sure Albert is a member of the Illuminati and engaged in dark ritual. I wouldn’t be surprised if Charlene dies under mysterious circumstances a few years from now either because she knows too much or it finally drives her insane. Charlene if you read this, get the hell out now before it’s too late. Your freedom and peace of mind is worth far more than a couple of gowns and a stupid royal title to a balding guy.
OCCUPY YOUR MIND
Am I the only one who sort of likes the fact that this makes her Blair Waldorf come to life?
I used to feel bad for her, but then I realized that she has money and fame I will never have. And she was at the Oscars, IN AMERICA if she really desperately wanted out she could have told pretty much anybody anywhere at that event. I feel very, “you made your bed now lie in it” about her