Princess Charlene of Monaco's Recovery Expected to Still Take 'Several Weeks'
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Princess Charlene of Monaco’s recovery is still expected to take ‘several weeks’. This week the former South African Olympic swimmer celebrated her 44th birthday in private at an undisclosed treatment centre. The Monaco Princess shared her first Instagram post of the year – a video collage which had been created by the Princess Charlene Foundation, in tribute to her life, and as a reminder to her of how loved and appreciated she is. The Princess shared the video, adding only one simple emoji – a red loveheart.

In May (2021), the 44-year-old royal travelled to South Africa for what was supposed to be a ten day visit, highlighting the plight of SA’s rhino which are being poached to death.

Princess Charlene to Miss Monaco Grand Prix Because Sick in South Africa. Photo: Christian Sperka
Princess Charlene used her time in SA to raise awareness for South Africa’s rhino which are being poached to death. Photo: Christian Sperka (via Princess Charlene Instagram)

Upon arrival, she experienced medical complications from a previous ENT surgery and stayed in the country to receive treatment. Her medical team advised her against flying, so she was holed up in the country for months. She used the time to shine more attention on the rhino, however photos she shared on her Instagram post did reveal she was losing weight and not looking her healthiest.

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


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Princess Charlene. Photo: © Eric Mathon / Prince Palace
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The Monaco royal family is finally reunited on home soil. Photo: © Eric Mathon / Prince Palace

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

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella holding message which read "We miss you mommy" and "We love you mommy", stand on the palace balcony during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco, November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella holding messages which read “We miss you mommy” and “We love you mommy”, stand on the palace balcony during the celebrations marking Monaco’s National Day in Monaco, November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

On Thursday, Monaco’s royal palace confirmed that Princess Charlene would not be joining celebrations for Monaco’s public holiday, Saint Devote Day, as she will “still take several weeks” to recover.

Back in 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 winning the Formula One race, at the Monaco racetrack. Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Palace said: “With her husband H.S.H. Prince Albert II, she wholeheartedly joins forces with 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 once again share moments of conviviality with them.”

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

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

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A stamp last year commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Prince and Princess’ wedding, seen standing outside the Sainte Devote Chapel

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

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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 Palace
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The twins (front) attended the traditional National Day celebrations this week in Monaco. © Photos: Eric Mathon / Prince Palace