The former SA Olympic swimmer and wife of Prince Albert has been noticeably absent from family appearances in Monaco recently, even prompting speculation her marriage may be in crisis – especially after news broke earlier this year that Albert (63) is facing a paternity suit over a love child born during the early days of his and Charlene’s relationship.
However, it turns out the 43-year-old princess has been instructed by her medical team not to fly until she’s stronger.
This was confirmed in a statement released by her foundation. “Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is undergoing multiple, complicated procedures after contracting a severe ear, nose, and throat infection in May. The most recent operation was done only yesterday [23 June].
“The princess’ medical team instructed her not to travel back to Monaco as the princess still has to undergo and recover from more procedures.”
In the statement the princess says, “This year will be the first time that I’m not with my husband on our anniversary in July, which is difficult, and it saddens me.
“However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the medical team’s instructions even though it is extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me.”
Charlene says she misses her six-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, terribly but is managing to speak to them every day.
“My daily conversations with Albert and my children help immensely to keep my spirits up, but I miss being with them. It was special to have my family visit me here, and it was truly wonderful seeing them. I can’t wait to be reunited with them.”
Albert and the twins came out to see Charlene earlier this month and to celebrate the her niece’s fifth birthday, a happy occasion the princess shared on Instagram.
Charlene also shared a picture of her husband and their twins on a bush drive.
Until she contracted the infection, she was involved in various conservation projects in SA, one of which was the Anti-Poaching Rhino Unit in KwaZulu-Natal in conjunction with her foundation and the Thanda Foundation Trust.
She was meant to be back in Monaco in May for the principality’s Grand Prix where she was guest of honour, but due to her illness Albert and the twins had to attend the event alone. They are reportedly set to return to SA as soon as they can to see Charlene.