Princess Charlene’s debilitating health battle that hid her from public life – full story

Bridie Wilkins

Princess Charlene de Monaco has spent much of 2021 in South Africa due to an illness which has prevented her from returning home to Monaco. She left without seeing her two children, six-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, as well as her husband Prince Albert II, including on their tenth wedding anniversary.

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Charlene returned to Monaco in early November last year but apparently continued to struggle with her health for many months. Among canceled appearances last year the Prince’s Palace officially announced the royal was taking ‘time to recover’ from her recent ‘poor health’, while Prince Albert confirmed she was receiving treatment at a facility ‘outside Monaco’ “.

Thankfully, the 44-year-old royal has made a dazzling comeback from her old health issues, dazzling on numerous glamorous occasions since her return to public life. How is his health now?

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Prince Albert explained that a family-like intervention took place with Charlene, following her trip to Dubai last year. He said PEOPLE magazine“I sat him down with his brothers and a sister-in-law. She had already made up her mind, and we just wanted her to confirm it in front of us. She wanted this. She already knew that the best thing to do was to go rest and get proper medically supervised treatment. And not in Monaco. For confidentiality reasons, it would have to be somewhere outside of Monaco.”

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He added: “Obviously there have been consequences from her various surgeries and procedures that she has had over the last few months. That was definitely a factor but at this point I prefer not to comment further. I can tell that she suffered from incredible fatigue. She had not slept well for several days and she was not eating well at all. She lost a lot of weight, which made her vulnerable to many other potential ailments A cold or the flu or God help us, COVID.

The royal was reunited with her children earlier this year

He also dismissed other speculation about Charlene’s health, telling the magazine: ‘Because I know there are rumors out there, let me say: it’s not COVID. It’s not cancer related. It’s not a personal relationship issue.And if you want to discuss another speculation, it’s not related to plastic surgery or facial work at all.”

Here’s everything that’s been said about Princess Charlene’s illness so far.

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What disease does Princess Charlene suffer from?

While Prince Albert confirmed she was now dealing with ‘exhaustion, both emotional and physical’, Princess Charlene collapsed on September 1 due to complications from one of several surgeries for a serious and persistent infection of the ears, nose and throat (ENT). She was rushed to Netcare Alberlito Hospital, and the Palace issued the following statement to People: “On the night of September 1, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was rushed to hospital after being fell ill due to complications from a serious ENT infection.

“His Highness is being closely monitored by his medical team, who say his condition is reassuring.” Charlene should have had another surgery to treat the condition that day, but it was pushed back.

Charlene pictured with her family earlier this year

She would have been operated on in mid-May, before a second operation in June and a “last” operation in October. Prince Albert confirmed at the end of October that she would soon return to Monaco and their two children.

“She is much better,” he told a French publication. Point of view. “This last operation which concerned the nasal septum went very well. We can consider her return very soon. And I can tell you that she will be in Monaco well before the national holiday.”

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According to Harley Street ENT clinic, “Ear, nose and throat infections are very common. Symptoms are usually relatively mild, but can sometimes cause problems that need to be treated by an ENT specialist.” Types of infection range from rhinitis and sinusitis to tonsillitis and laryngitis. Symptoms can include “earaches, hearing loss, balance problems, headaches, difficulty swallowing, sore throat and swollen glands in the neck”.

The website adds that “all three types of infections can also cause more general symptoms of infection, such as fever, and it is common for infections to spread between these areas.” As for treatment, “ibuprofen and paracetamol can reduce the inflammation causing the symptoms and can help bring down a fever, if you have one”, while antibiotics can be prescribed for the symptoms. severe symptoms that “last longer than expected”.

Charlene’s last public engagement in Monaco in January

Prince Albert confirmed she had surgery on her ‘nasal septum’, which may be needed if you have a deviated septum causing serious ‘sinus infections’, according to ENT health. The website explains, “The most common symptom of a badly deviated or twisted septum is difficulty breathing through your nose, which is usually worse on one side. In some cases, a twisted septum can interfere with the drainage of the nasal passages. sinuses and cause repeated sinus infections.”

When did Princess Charlene get sick?

It is believed she developed an ear, nose and throat infection before arriving in South Africa, where she traveled for a funeral and to help with wildlife conservation efforts.

What did Princess Charlene say about her illness?

Although Charlene hasn’t publicly shared many details about her illness and surgeries, she did open up about missing her family. “It’s been a difficult time for me. I miss my husband and my children very much,” she told South African News Channel24.

“Albert is my rock and my strength and without his love and support I could not have gotten through this painful time.”

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