Another solo gig for Prince Albert and the twins as Princess Charlene stays in South Africa
Prince Albert and six-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in the royal box watch a match of the World Rugby Sevens in Monaco. (PHOTO: Crystal Pictures / MagazineFeatures.co.za)
The prince and his six-year-old twins appeared in high spirits as they greeted royal fans while watching a World Rugby Sevens match in Monaco. But for Albert, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, it was another appearance without Charlene, making some wonder if the princess ever considered returning home.
The 43-year-old royal raised by Benoni traveled to South Africa in March for wildlife conservation work shortly after news broke that Albert (63) faces a lawsuit in paternity for a child in love born in 2005 during the first years of his life and La relation de CharlÃ¨ne.
The princess’ extended stay in South Africa has sparked speculation their marriage could be in crisis, but palace officials say the reason she is still there is because she is recovering from an ear infection , nose and throat that made it impossible to leave.
Princess Gabriella meets the team mascot. (PHOTO: Crystal Pictures / MagazineFeatures.co.za)
“During a trip to the African continent as part of a wildlife conservation mission, Princess Charlene contracted an ENT infection which does not allow her to travel,” the palace said in a statement.
But at least the family hasn’t been separated all this time. Albert (63) and the kids visited Charlene in South Africa two weeks ago to celebrate her niece’s fifth birthday, a happy occasion she shared on Instagram. Charlene then shared a photo of her husband and their twins on a walk in the bush.
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She was due to be back in Monaco in May for the Principality’s Grand Prix where she was the guest of honor, but due to her infection Prince Albert and the twins had to attend the event on their own.
Prince Albert flies solo with the twins while Princess Charlene remains in South Africa, apparently recovering from an ENT infection. (PHOTO: Crystal Pictures / MagazineFeatures.co.za)
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The mum-of-two, who is known for her unconventional hairstyles, debuted another bold look during her trip to South Africa. She has been involved in operations including rhino tracking and deployment with the anti-poaching unit, after traveling to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about the work being done by the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco in South Africa which has partnered with the Thanda Foundation Trust to help protect rhinos.
âIt was an absolute pleasure supporting a South African anti-poaching unit. My sincere thanks for the safety of our wildlife and our rhinos. With all my love and respect, âshe said on her Instagram account.
Prince Albert creates and captures memories with Prince Jacques. (PHOTO: Crystal Pictures / MagazineFeatures.co.za)
The former Olympic swimmer says it was a moving experience for her. âI connected with amazing people and spoke to local trackers and anti-poaching units who all have an incredible passion for protecting our rhinos and the environment. It filled me with immense joy to reconnect with the African people and spirit, âshe said.
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And while she rediscovers her âlove for Africaâ, Albert seems to be doing well. In addition to the rugby match and the Grand Prix, he also took the twins on a trip to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
SOURCES: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, NEWS24.COM, HELLOMAGAZINE.COM, ROYALCENTRAL.CO.UK