Charlène of Monaco returns to the spotlight after a long illness

The princess reappears
Charlène is back in Monaco
What's wrong with princess Charlène?
The mystery of an ailing princess far from home
Health issues
Netcare Alberlito
Roots in South Africa
Contradictory reports
Far from her husband
Charlene and Albert of Monaco, a happy couple on Instagram
Charity work
A royal African visit and a shocking photo
The smile of unhappiness
Charlene's past
A marriage with question marks
Bold glamour
In South Africa for 8 months
Surgery with general anaesthetia
Torn between South Africa and Monaco
The princess reappears

Princess Charlène of Monaco was seen attending a rugby tournament with her family in early May, a rare appearance after a year-long absence due to a private illness. The wife of Albert of Monaco, according to Vanity Fair, spent four months recovering at a private Swiss clinic.

Charlène is back in Monaco

This is not the first time the princess has been absent for a long period of time due to illness. After a mysterious absence of several months, in which Charlène was reportedly recovering from an illness in South Africa, she returned to Monaco on November 8.

What's wrong with princess Charlène?

For over a year, concerning reports about the health of Princess Charlène of Monaco were piling up. She spent months in her native South Africa and far from her husband, Prince Albert.

The mystery of an ailing princess far from home

Why was she gone for so long? Was it only because of her health or is there more to the story? The princess's absence fed into longstanding rumours of relationship problems between Albert and his wife.

Health issues

In South Africa, Charlène of Monaco underwent several surgical procedures due to an ear, nose and throat infection. A sudden collapse due to complications from the treatment required her to be rushed into the emergency room and hospitalized.

Netcare Alberlito

The princess was treated in Hospital Netcare Alberlito in Ballito, 380 miles south of Johannesburg.

Roots in South Africa

Charlène Lynette Wittstock was born in 1978 in former Rhodesia, current-day Zimbabwe. Her family resides in South Africa, and so did she before she married Prince Albert of Monaco.

Contradictory reports

While the principality of Monaco tries to downplay the severity of Charlène's illness and residence in South Africa, reports have been contradictory. She has undergone three different surgeries, with the most recent one taking place in October 2021. In addition, she looks pale and thin on her Instagram photos.

Far from her husband

Beside her health issues, there's another mystery surrounding the Monegasque princess: Where's her husband? Why are the prince and the princess so far removed from each other?

Charlene and Albert of Monaco, a happy couple on Instagram

An August 25th Instagram photo shows that Charlène and Albert of Monaco were together this summer. After that moment, the duties of the principality forced them to be apart. Be that as it may, the couple has been surrounded by rumours since day one.

Charity work

Charlène has made use of her trip to Africa to do some social work. She's pictured here talking with her twins over the phone while making blankets for a nursery.

A royal African visit and a shocking photo

The princess also visited Zulu king Misuzulu kaZwelithini. This image, posted by an account focused on royal African houses, caused much concern due to the princess's gaunt appearance.

The smile of unhappiness

There have always been talks about Charlène of Monaco's seeming unhappiness. She smiles in her Instagram profile but some physical strain is also noticeable. This may be the result of her illness, the mysterious infection that keeps her in South Africa under medical supervision, or it may be caused by something else.

Charlene's past

Charlène's current body image is a stark contrast from that high-performance swimmer who started to go out with Albert of Monaco in the early 2000s. The Princess's thin, frail appearance has ignited a lot of talking.

A marriage with question marks

A lot has been said about Charlène's marriage to Albert of Monaco, for example that she allegedly tried to run away just a few hours before the wedding. Still, they have been married since 2011 and have two children together.

Bold glamour

At first, Charlène went from a world-famous athlete to a princess with a Grace Kelly-type of flair. Then, her own, unique style took over. You can see it in the bold look she sports in this photo from Christmas 2020.

In South Africa for 8 months

Whatever her ailment is, many commentators find is unbelievable that Charlène of Monaco was in South Africa from May to November. Are there no hospitals in the principality?

Surgery with general anaesthetia

One has to take into account, though, that a person with ear-related afflictions may not be able to fly. In addition, according to the press, the surgeries that princess Charlène of Monaco went through aren't mild. She had to go under general anaesthesia for the process.

Torn between South Africa and Monaco

The principality always insisted that princess Charlène would return to Monaco once the doctors approved it. Yet, many royalty watchers considered the possibility that she would remain in South Africa, since she never really seemed to fit in with the princely life in the House of Grimaldi.

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