The recovery of Princess Charlene of Monaco should still take “several weeks” – SAPeople

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The recovery of Princess Charlene of Monaco is still expected to take “several weeks”. This week, the former South African Olympic swimmer celebrated her 44th birthday privately at an undisclosed treatment centre. The Princess of Monaco has shared her first Instagram post of the year – a video collage created by the Princess Charlene Foundation, in tribute to her life and to remind her how much she is loved and appreciated. The princess shared the video, adding just one simple emoji – a red love heart.

In May (2021), the 44-year-old royal traveled to South Africa for what was expected to be a ten-day visit, highlighting the plight of SA rhinos who are poached to death.

Princess Charlene at the Miss Monaco Because Sick Grand Prix in South Africa.  Photo: Christian Sperka
Princess Charlene has used her time in South Africa to raise awareness about South African rhinos being poached to death. Photo: Christian Sperka (via Princess Charlene Instagram)

Upon arrival, she had medical complications from a previous ENT operation and remained in the country for treatment. Her medical team advised her not to fly, so she was locked up in the country for months. She used the time to draw more attention to the rhino, but photos she shared on her Instagram post revealed she was losing weight and didn’t look healthier.

In November, the royal returned to Monaco after her months-long stay in South Africa and her prolonged separation from her family (who had visited her on at least two occasions).

Princess Charlene. Photo: © Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace
Family photo of Princess Charlene back in Monaco
The Monegasque royal family is finally reunited at home. Photo: © Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace

However, after her return, she showed signs of emotional and physical exhaustion, according to her husband Prince Albert II. It was then decided that she would leave Monaco to receive additional medical treatment in a more private setting. It has been reported that she is in a clinic in Switzerland.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella holding a message that read
Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella holding messages that read ‘we miss you mum’ and ‘we love you mum’, stand on the palace balcony during celebrations to mark Monaco’s National Day in Monaco, November 19, 2021. REUTERS / Éric Gaillard

On Thursday, the Royal Palace in Monaco confirmed that Princess Charlene would not be joining celebrations of the Monegasque public holiday, Saint-Dévote, as she “will take several more weeks” to recover.

Back to healthier times. Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2018 Princess Charlene of Monaco holds a bottle of champagne on the podium after Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Formula 1 race, on the circuit of Monaco. Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Palace said: “With her husband HSH Prince Albert II, she wholeheartedly joins all Monegasques and residents on the occasion of these celebrations. As soon as her health permits, it will be with joy that the Princess will again share moments of conviviality with them.

FILE PHOTO: Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and his wife Princess Charlene arrive with legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg (L) to attend the South Africa gala evening in Monaco, 29 September 2012. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard / File photo

Sainte Devote is the patron saint of Monaco. The Prince and Princess of Monaco were married in July 2011 at the Chapelle Sainte-Dévote, which dates from 1070 and was restored in the 16th century.

A stamp last year commemorating the 10th anniversary of the marriage of the Prince and Princess, seen outside the Chapel of Sainte Dévote

Without the Princess present, Princess Charlene’s husband and children – Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella – were joined by their aunt, Princess Caroline, for the traditional celebrations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Princess Caroline Prince Albert Monaco Royal Twins
Prince Albert II and his sister, Princess Caroline, with the royal twins – Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, this week on the palace balcony. © Photos: Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace
Sainte Dévote Twins Day
The twins (front) attended the traditional National Day celebrations this week in Monaco. © Photos: Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace

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