Princess Charlene 'resting' after four-hour procedure in South Africa

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  • Princess Charlene of Monaco underwent a four-hour operation on Friday in South Africa.
  • The principality has shared an update saying: "The operation went well, Princess Charlene is resting and we are thinking of her with tenderness."
  • Prince Albert II and the couple's twins , Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, plan on visiting Princess Charlene in South Africa in the coming days.

Princess Charlene is in recovery after a recent operation in South Africa.

Monaco's princess on Friday underwent a four-hour procedure, a statement from the office of her husband Prince Albert II said, without giving further details.

The news came following growing suspicion as to why the princess had remained in South Africa for so long.

She'd previously undergone "multiple, complicated procedures after contracting a severe ear, nose and throat infection in May," as specified by her foundation. She also told Channel24 what a "trying" time it's been for her away from her family.

On Friday evening, following the procedure, the principality shared: "The operation went well, Princess Charlene is resting and we are thinking of her with tenderness."

According to People, Prince Albert and the couple's six-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, plan on visiting Princess Charlene in the coming days, just as they did in June when they spent time together as a family at a private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

Princess Charlene previously said she hopes to return to Monaco with her family by the end of October.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has since started a new initiative linked to the former Olympic swimmer's reason for her visit to South Africa a few months ago: the conservation of Africa's wildlife, more specifically, rhinos.

The #chasingzero initiative focuses on 'chasing zero rhino deaths' regarding wildlife poaching.

"There will always be people in the world who take what is not theirs. But as long as there are people who try to stop them, our rhinos and wildlife have a future," says Princess Charlene in a statement.

"In a way, our wildlife are like children – they are innocent, helpless. We protect our children from drowning, and we must protect our wildlife from poachers. I want to be able to tell my children the world did all it could to save the rhinos and other endangered species – and we succeeded." 

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