Byron Kelleher in action for the All Blacks in 2006. Photo
by NZ Herald
Rumours are circulating that former All Black Byron
Kelleher could be romantically involved with Princess Charlene
Reports in a number of European publications have been
speculating about the pair's relationship since an article
ran in a Madrid newspaper in the weekend.
In an story published on Saturday, Spanish national daily
newspaper ABC reported that the reason the Princess was not
at her husband Prince Albert II's side at the coronation of
Willem-Alexander in the Netherlands two weeks ago was because
she was in her native South Africa with rugby star Byron
Ex-Olympic swimmer Charlene, 35, is in South Africa working
with her sports-focused charitable foundation Princess
Charlene of Monaco Foundation, for which Dunedin-born
Kelleher, 36, is in charge of rugby projects.
While there is no evidence that the two are having an affair,
ABC said speculation was mounting.
"Rumours about a relationship between the two have erupted,"
the article said.
ABC said Kelleher, who they described as an "intimate
friend," also showed up at the Princess' side at a tennis
tournament in Monte Carlo.
A number of other European sites are reporting the rumours,
with headlines like "Charlene of Monaco and rugbyman Byron:
An affair in the works?"
Former All Black and former teammate for the Highlanders Josh
Kronfeld said he hadn't heard anything about the reports, but
said it "wouldn't surprise" him.
"If anyone can meet women, it's him," he said. "I wouldn't be
surprised. If anyone could do it, it'd be Byron Kelleher."
Princess Charlene's camp is staying silent on the issue.
It's not the first time the pair have been spotted hanging
out together. The Diary reported in June last year that the
was spending time at the Monastero Santa Rosa with the
Princess and her husband on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kelleher and Charlene swam laps in the infinity pool
overlooking the cerulean Bay of Salerno.
Kelleher also attended the royal couple's wedding in 2011.
- by Cassandra Mason, nzherald.co.nz