festivities are getting under way in
this morning for the next big
. perennial bachelor
is tying the knot at the age of 53. nbc's
this morning with details. hey, michelle, good morning.
hi, ann. a big sigh of relief that this is actually happening. but isn't it a shame that on this happy occasion, the first time in 30 years this tiny exclusive principality will have a reigning princess, some say the biggest thing to happen to
in a half century, the palace has had to do some damage control. in a few hours,
will have its princess.
. what has really been going on behind palace doors? the highly respected french news magazine is staunchly defending its multiple sources on an explosive story. soon to be
was far from serene last week, that she rushed to the airport to leave. the palace has just as adamantly denied it. but a highly placed source here says, yes, it did happen and there's been tension. the controversy reportedly involves another woman now claiming to have a child out of wedlock with the prince. he already has two. still, a friend of the couple, royalty expert stefan burn says he talked to
she said, okay, give me a break.
and says she denies wanting a one-way ticket home.
everything is okay. she never thought about leaving the country. you don't wait so long before you get married, then the day before you quit. no.
whatever the details, the wedding starts now. reports also claim it will cost around $70 million, which the palace also denies. but, hey, this is
, playground of
and other international men and women of mystery. expect glamour.
's gown will be armani. the dinner by an ub he cher chef. and last night they met with the eagles.
we've all been waiting for this moment, always teased him about it and he's finally doing it.
a bit bittersweet for those who knew and loved albert's mother,
. kate powers, the american owner of the famous stars and bars restaurant here in
, will attend the wedding. her mother
of the princess. they called themselves "the kelly girls."
i think she is so approving of
. i am sure. i feel her. i always felt like she's still here. and i just feel very close to her spiritually and i just feel like i know that she would be so happy.
no, we didn't seat kind of wild excitement or hype that we did before britain's
. but in this less than one
land of billionaires an hedge funders, kind of a cooler personality. in fact, one royal watcher called it a tough crowd and said a lot of people here don't even clap because their jewelry's too heavy and it gets in the way. i assumed he was joking but he said, no, no, he's serious.
michelle, we don't have that problem. well
, thanks so much. by the way, you look beautiful this morning.