Prince Albert of Monaco’s wife, Princess Charlene, underwent “final” operation in South Africa, palace says
Prince Albert of Monaco’s wife, Princess Charlene, underwent another operation in South Africa during her stay of several months.
A palace spokesperson confirmed to People magazine that the royal had “her last procedure” on Friday before she returned to Monaco.
Her husband told RMC radio on Wednesday that the 43-year-old “will be back very soon.”
“She’s better,” the 63-year-old insisted. “It was also complicated for her because different issues were affecting her.”
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Monaco Palace said the princess was hospitalized on September 1 after collapsing “due to complications from a serious infection of the ears, nose and throat she contracted in May,” reported UK’s Express. The 43-year-old has been in her homeland for several months to fight the infection.
Albert previously dismissed multiple reports that the couple were facing marital issues, which resulted in Charlene’s extended stay outside Monaco.
“She’s ready to go home,” Albert told People magazine, noting that Charlene’s return date to Monaco “depends on what her doctors say.” He also shared that Charlene had four hour surgery on August 13.
On August 26, Charlene revealed on Instagram that she had finally reunited with her husband and their children. Doctors banned Charlene from flying above 20,000 feet, making the reunion all the sweeter.
The royal used her time in her native South Africa to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.
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Charlene recently told South Africa Radio 702 host Mandy Wiener that she was “in a game of waiting” to be with her family and that she is expected to leave the country by the end of October. The princess stressed that she “cannot force a cure”, according to People magazine.
“I cannot force the healing, so I will be locked up in South Africa until the end of October,” Charlene said. “I feel good, I feel good.”
Still, Charlene admitted that being away from her husband and their 6-year-old twins made the ordeal more difficult.
At the end of June, Charlene announced that she was forced to miss her 10th birthday with Albert due to additional surgery. It didn’t take long for the separation to spark rumors of an impending separation. Sources told Paris Match that Charlene had “no intention of returning” while Germany’s Bunte claimed Charlene was looking for a house near Johannesburg.
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Rumors escalated when Albert attended the Tokyo Olympics solo. The prince is a member of the International Olympic Committee and Charlene is also a former Olympic swimmer.
In June, Charlene told People magazine in a statement that she was optimistic about the future.
“My daily conversations with Albert and my kids help me a lot to keep my spirits up, but I miss their presence a lot,” she said. “I can’t wait for us to be together.”
The famous athlete married the prince on July 1, 2011. The wedding was a spectacle, costing around $ 70 million for the four-day event. They welcomed twins in 2014.
Their planned public anniversary has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.