'Weak and fragile' Princess Charlene is recuperating among family

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Princess Charlene of Monaco has been plagued by health woes this year. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Princess Charlene of Monaco has been plagued by health woes this year. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is out of hospital and recovering following a recent emergency dash to the hospital.

The 43-year-old royal, who’s been staying in KwaZulu-Natal for the past few months, was rushed to a hospital in Durban earlier this week after she collapsed.

"She spent one night in hospital where doctors evaluated her and then was released. She is recovering now surrounded by family,” a source close to the princess told YOU.

Her husband, Prince Albert (63), and their six-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, are not with her. They left SA last week to return to Monaco after spending a week with Charlene. 

“She is currently very weak and fragile from her last operation,” the source adds, referring to a gruelling four-hour surgical procedure she underwent in mid-August stemming from a lingering ear, nose and throat (ENT) infection.

A statement from the Palace of Monaco said the princess was due to undergo another procedure “before she suddenly collapsed”.

'The princess is currently recovering in South Africa where her medical team advised she doesn’t travel until all the necessary procedures have been completed'
Monaco palace

The former Olympic swimmer previously told YOU she’d suffered serious complications from an infection she picked up shortly after arriving in SA in March to do conservation work.

It stemmed from a sinus lift and bone graft performed on her in Europe earlier this year.

Subsequently Charlene has undergone several operations and been unable to leave South Africa on the advice of her doctors, who told her not to fly.

In a recent interview with 702 Radio the princess said she’d be returning to Monaco at the end of October.

Her extended stay in SA has led to rumours of trouble in her 10-year marriage to Albert and that she had no intention of returning to the tiny principality - speculation her spokesperson has rubbished. "The rumours are categorically untrue."

“Charlene speaks to her husband and the twins daily. They’re her biggest supporters.”

Albert and the twins visited in June and then again at the end of August, when they joined her at a lodge in KZN. The princess shared photos of the family all together on her Instagram including ones of her and the prince hugging.

According to Chantell Wittstock, Charlene’s sister-in-law and CEO of her Monaco Foundation SA, the “entire family is supporting Charlene through this difficult time”.

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