Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco flew into King Shaka International Airport yesterday and made there way to the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban.
The couple were welcomed to Kwazulu-Natal by Premier Zweli Mkhize and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo.
As soon as the royal couple stepped into the hotel, the doors were closed to the public.
Security guards refused people entry and said the hotel was closed for the day as it was hosting very important guests. Several guests who had arrived for lunch were turned away.
According to the hotels’ media office, Joan Hayes, the media was “not allowed” as requested by the couple.
The couple had lunch at the hotel and then made their way to Durban’s International Convention Centre for an International Olympic Committee meeting. Prince Albert is on that committee.
President Jacob Zuma welcomed the couple to the meeting. He joked that Albert still had to pay lobola for his South African bride. I wonder if the Prince took it as a joke or as a hint the President Zuma want him to give South Africa something?
The couple will be hosting a cocktail evening at the hotel tomorrow night.