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Princess Charlene has frankly admitted that she is going through a “difficult time”. The Monegasque royal has been stranded in her native South Africa for several months. As she was due to return to Monaco in May, Charlene was unable to travel because she contracted a severe infection of her ears, nose and throat, which prevented her from flying.
As her 10th wedding anniversary fell on July 2, the princess was unable to celebrate this milestone with her husband.
As she continues to recover from her infection, Princess Charlene told South African channel Channel24: âIt has been a difficult time for me.
âI miss my husband and my children very much.
âWhat was extremely difficult for me was when my medical team told me that I couldn’t go home for my 10th wedding anniversary.
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“Albert is my rock and my strength and without his love and support I could not have gotten through this painful time.”
As the anniversary approached, the princess had issued a statement explaining why she would not return home in time for the celebrations.
She said: âThis year will be the first time that I will not be with my husband for our anniversary in July, which is difficult and it saddens me.
âHowever, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the instructions of the medical team even though it was extremely difficult. He was the most incredible support for me.
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âMy daily conversations with Albert and my kids help me keep my spirits up a lot, but I miss being with them.
“It was special for my family to visit me in South Africa, and it was really wonderful to see them. I can’t wait to see them again.”
The royal had traveled to South Africa to conduct various conservation operations such as rhino surveillance and tracking, deployment with the anti-poaching unit and educational wildlife photography sessions.
Speaking about the experience, Charlene said, âThis whole experience moved me.
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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.
âIt filled me with immense joy to reconnect with the African people and spirit.
âI was fascinated to learn more about the history and culture of the region.
“How fitting to rediscover my love for Africa in a place aptly named Thanda, which means ‘love’ in the Zulu language!”
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Although she has not been able to return to Monaco for months, she received a visit from her husband and children.
In early June, Albert and his six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella also traveled to South Africa to mark the fifth birthday of Charlene’s niece, Aiva.
To make up for the distance, the official social media accounts of the Palace of Monaco and the Princess have posted videos to mark key moments in Albert and Charlene’s relationship.
On July 2, Princess Charlene shared a video that included footage taken on her wedding day in 2011.
In caption, she wrote: “To all our families, friends and loved ones.
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âThank you for your love and support, and for the generosity we have received during this decade of our marriage.
âWith gratitude, we can continue our work through our foundations.
“Thank you for the birthday gifts, for your generosity and your trust. With all our love and respect. Thank you.”
While in Monaco, Prince Albert continued to keep his commitments.
On July 3, he attended the 15th international Monte-Carlo Jumping event.
He was in the company of his niece Charlotte Casiraghi, a successful rider who has participated in the event in the past.