Conor McGregor 'honoured' to take part in Princess Charlene's Monaco water bike challenge after becoming pals with royal

CONOR MCGREGOR has revealed his “honour” at being a part of Princess Charlene’s Monaco water bike challenge.

The UFC superstar became pals with the royal as he zoomed around off the coast of Monte Carlo last month to prepare for the epic September challenge.

The aim is to raise awareness about drowning prevention by doing the endurance race.

And now Princess Charlene’s Foundation has announced officially that the Irishman will be part of it.

A statement read: “Conor McGregor, mixed martials arts fighter, joins team Notorious lead by Mr Gareth Wittstock for the crossing on 12-13 September 2020.

“This challenge aims to raise awareness about drowning prevention and about the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’s work on water safety around the world.”

The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion said: “Joining Princess Charlene’s team for the Marathon Endurance Race is both an honor and a challenge.

“When I commit, I always train hard, and we plan to win!

“The Princess’ foundation works in over 30 countries promoting fitness and safety in water sports.

“I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received in Monaco.”

McGregor, who recently turned 32, will team up with former Olympic swimmer Charlene in September as they attempt to "cycle" from Corsica to Monaco for charitable causes.

The Irishman, who appears to be loving life post-UFC, took to Instagram after enjoying a perfect June afternoon in the principality.

He wrote: "A great day racing the water bikes with Princess Charlene of Monaco.

"A phenomenal athlete and Olympian, we are teaming up for a 180km voyage in September to raise awareness in water safety. I cannot wait.

"We will be utilising my training under the McGregor F.A.S.T program to excel on these mounted water bike devices, which are incredibly good!

"It is like freedom out there! Thank you for the great day for my family Your Highness. In aid of the Princess Charlene of Monaco foundation."

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The foundation, formed in 2012, raises awareness through such initiatives as "Water Safety" and "Learn to Swim".

Charlene, 42, represented South Africa at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

She begun dating Prince Albert II in 2006, and the pair tied the knot back in 2011.

McGregor, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy himself in the South of France after announcing his retirement from UFC the month prior, playing with Dee and their kids on the beach – as well as enjoying a smoke on a sun lounger over the weekend.

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