Princess Charlene turns 44 as the mystery surrounding her isolation continues

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Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene will want to put 2021 behind her as she continues to recover from a physical and emotional breakdown in a private facility outside of Monaco. (PHOTO: Martin de Kock)
Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene will want to put 2021 behind her as she continues to recover from a physical and emotional breakdown in a private facility outside of Monaco. (PHOTO: Martin de Kock)

This time last year there were already whispers of something not being quite right. The new hairstyle she sported – a severe half-shaven pixie cut, a dramatic change from the demure bobs she’d had for years – sparked plenty of speculation.

It was an act of rebellion against her husband and the institution she’d married into, some said – a sign of unhappiness, that she felt trapped in a gilded cage and wanted to express herself.

Yet she laughed off the fuss as she marked her 43rd birthday with her family in January 2021, saying she just felt like a change and wanted to do something a little more adventurous.

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