Princess Charlene and Prince Albert rub shoulders with new Manchester United chief

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert rub shoulders with new Manchester United chief

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin


Published: 26/02/2024

- 13:36

Updated: 26/02/2024

- 13:48

The royal couple were joined by Sir Jim Ratcliffe at the charity gala

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco rubbed shoulders with the new Manchester United chief over the weekend.

The royal couple attended the second annual charity gala for the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco on Saturday.


Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who became a minority shareholder in Manchester United in February 2024 and took control of football operations at the club, was also in attendance.

The billionaire changed his residency from Britain to Monaco in 2020, two years after receiving a knighthood.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert and Jim Ratcliffe

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert met with Jim Ratcliffe

Eric Mathon / Prince Palace

​By changing his tax residence from Hampshire to Monaco, it is estimated this move saved him £4billion in tax.

However, Ratcliffe told The Times: "I didn’t move down there until I was well into retirement age.

He explained the reason for his move was that he "might live a bit longer in a warmer climate".

The charity event, which Ratcliffe attended over the weekend, was chaired by himself and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert and Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Jim Ratcliffe [second from right] became a minority shareholder in Manchester United in February 2024

Eric Mathon / Prince Palace

It was held in the presence of Princess Charlene at the Ineos Club House in Courchevel.

The donations benefitted both the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco and the Courchevel Sports Club.

More than 200 guests attended the event, including Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein and his wife Princess Astrid of Liechtenstein.

Many personalities from the cultural, sports and economic worlds made themselves present.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a huge Manchester United fan

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Jim Ratcliffe at a Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur match in January

Reuters

Princess Charlene, 46, looked lovely for the event, choosing a £4,000 silver clutch bag and £900 heels.

She paired her accessories with a simple black streamlined trouser suit.

One fan wrote on Instagram: "She looks lovely. The outfit complements her nicely."

Another added: "She looks so pretty! Love the ensemble."

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