She’s spent weeks in SA throwing her energy into rhino conservation work but Princess Charlene (43) also took some time out to be reunited with her family.
Her husband, Prince Albert, flew to SA from Monaco to see her and celebrate their niece’s fifth birthday party. And he brought along their six-year-old twins, Jacques and Gabriella, in what was their second visit to their mother’s homeland.
Their first visit was in 2019 where they experienced the bush and enjoyed a visit to the Spur for their grandfather Mike Wittstock’s birthday.
In photos she shared on her Instagram, Charlene could be seen celebrating with her younger brother, Sean (37), and his wife, Chantell Wittstock (34), who’s the director of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in SA, along with their children, Aiva-Grace, whose birthday it was, and son Raigen (7).
They were also seen going out on a bush drive.
It appeared the family held the celebration in KwaZulu-Natal where Charlene has been staying at the Thanda Safari while she focused on rhino monitoring and tracking. She also went out with the anti-poaching unit, had educational photography sessions and took part in a white rhino dart and dehorning exercise.
It was also reported that she was suffering from an ear, nose and throat infection which resulted in her missing the Monaco F1 Grand Prix last month where she was supposed to be the guest of honour. But thankfully she appears to be all better now judging by the latest photos.
In a media statement, the royal and longtime animal activist spoke about how the entire experience had moved her.
“The experience was very emotional. I experienced first-hand the anguish and distress of the rhinos when we had to dehorn them so poachers don’t slaughter them. I want to do all I can to protect them, including raising funds and educating my children and others about rhino conservation.
“The rhinos cannot speak for themselves, but we can speak on their behalf. I urge every African and wildlife protector around the world to reconnect and get involved.”