Does that ring make up for his playboy reputation? Monaco's Prince Albert FINALLY to settle down as he proposes to girlfriend Charlenecharlene wittstock
If she takes up swimming again, she won't be able to wear her engagement ring in the pool - she'd surely sink.
Prince Albert of Monaco has proposed to South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock - giving her a ring that more than makes up for his reputation as an eternal playboy.
The royal palace said in a statement that the engagement was announced today between the 52-year-old prince and 32-year-old Wittstock.
An undated photograph provided today by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert with fiancée Charlene Wittstock
It does not indicate a planned wedding date for the pair, who have been dating for four years.
It does however raise hopes that she will finally provide the playboy ruler with an heir to the throne.
He already has children from two previous relationships – but under Monaco’s constitution neither can take the throne because they are ‘love children’.
Only 'direct and legitimate' descendants born within marriage are allowed to rule the tiny Mediterranean tax-haven.
Earlier this year a Monaco government source told Point de Vue magazine: 'Charlene has beauty and style, and we are all praying that she will ensure the royal succession in our principality.
'Albert has never settled down in the past, but knows that the time is now right to produce the next ruler of Monaco.'
Albert has dated some of the world's most famous and beautiful women, including Angie Everhart, Brooke Shields, and supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
Prince Albert of Monaco and his partner Charlene Wittstock announced their engagement today
The Playboy prince has previously dated Brooke Shields (left) and Claudia Schiffer
He has also battled persistent rumours he is gay.
Albert has a 15-year-old daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi with Californian Tamara Rotolo.
His fatherhood was only confirmed by DNA three years ago after a long legal battle.
In 2005, former Air France air hostess Nicole Coste, from Togo, proved that her son was Albert's.
Both cases cost Albert millions and he is still supporting the mothers and children financially.