Charlene, Princess of Monaco (née Charlene Lynette Wittstock on 25 January 1978) is a South African former Olympic backstroke swimmer and the wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco.
Wittstock is the daughter of Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and Lynette Humberstone, a former competitive diver and swimming coach.
Charlene Wittstock was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today's Zimbabwe). She is the daughter of Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager born in 1948, and Lynette Wittstock, a retired swimming instructor born in 1957. Charlene has two brothers: Gareth, a computer technician born in 1980, and Sean, who was born in 1983 and works as a sales representative. Wittstock moved to South Africa with her family in 1989 when she was 11 years old where she attended the Tom Newby primary school in Benoni.