Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella will be able to visit their mother, Princess Charlene, during the Christmas period. Photo: FB / Palais de Monaco

PARIS (Reuters) – Princess Charlene of Monaco will be visited by her two children and her husband, Prince Albert, during the Christmas holidays, the prince’s palace said in a statement on Thursday, as she remains convalescing in a secret location.

Charlene, a former South African Olympian who married Monaco’s ruler in 2011 in a lavish ceremony, has halted her public duties after returning to the principality last month following a months-long extended stay in SA where she underwent several surgeries for an ENT issue that prevented her from being able to fly.

“Princess Charlene is recuperating in a satisfactory and reassuring manner, although it may take a few more months before her health has reached a full recovery,” the palace said.

FILE PHOTO: Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives for the Princess Grace Awards in New York
FILE PHOTO: Princess Charlene of Monaco during healthier times back in October 2012, at the Princess Grace Awards in New York. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Charlene’s stay in South Africa sparked speculation about a potential rift between the royal couple – a claim the family denied.

The palace has previously said that the princess needed time to recover from a “state of profound general fatigue”.

Prince Albert has previously told PEOPLE magazine that Charlene was receiving treatment in a facility outside of Monaco to protect her privacy. According to reports, she is rumoured to be at a health facility in Switzerland.

Prince Albert’s sisters – Caroline and Stephanie – have stepped in to help at public events with the royal couple’s children, seven-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

Earlier this week Princess Charlene posted a Christmas card which poignantly featured an illustration – instead of an actual photo – of the family of four, together beside a Christmas tree. Many of her tens of thousands of fans will be relieved that she will at least be reunited with her family during this period.