Mystery over Princess Charlene’s whereabouts: Prince Albert admits his wife is NOT in Monaco and is recovering from a ‘fatigue that is not just physical’ in a secret location following her return from South Africa
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Princess Charlene after her husband revealed she has left Monaco, despite only just returning from a 10-month absence, and hinted that she’s struggling with her mental health. Speaking to Monaco-Matin yesterday, Prince Albert, 63, confirmed his wife, 43, who has appeared increasingly frail, has left the principality and is staying at a secret location while she ‘recovers from tiredness’, away from him and their six-year-old twins.
Princess Charlene is no longer in Monaco and is ‘recovering from fatigue that is not just physical’, her husband, Prince Albert, has revealed in a new interview with Monaco-Matin. ‘She is better, but she still needs rest and peace,’ he said in an article translated from French. ‘She is not in the Principality, but we will be able to visit her very soon.’
Prince Albert revealed: ‘I cannot tell you more out of discretion. There is tiredness, not just physical, which can only be treated with a period of rest and monitoring.’ He added their children, Jacques and Gabriella, had ‘suffered from the absence of their mother’ but that he had compensated by stepping up to take a more active role in their lives. Pictured: Charlene at a Monaco gala in September 2020.
Speaking to Monaco-Matin yesterday, Albert, 63, confirmed his wife has left the principality less than two weeks after returning from South Africa following a 10-month absence. ‘For me, it’s pretty simple – my priority is my family,’ the prince said, when asked about juggling the role of being a head of state and a father. Pictured: Charlene last month.
Charlene has appeared more frail in recent months, prompting concerns from royal followers. Prince Albert continued: ‘This is an extremely important time in [the children’s] life – the way they grow up helps them see the world.’ Pictured: The princess in a post shared from South Africa in October, before her return.
This photo, shared by Charlene from South Africa in July, prompted well-wishes from concerned fans. The princess is now receiving treatment for ‘tiredness’. Prince Albert revealed: ‘If one of the parents is away for medical reasons, the other parent has to be there. I have heard too many friends and acquaintances telling me that they wish they had been there for their children, at a certain age, taken up by their work or their professional life. I don’t want to have these regrets.’
Since her return from South Africa, there has been speculation as to when the princess will resume her duties. Pictured: Charlene with her son, Jacques, six, on her return to Monaco last Monday.
In the days after her arrival, Charlene’s sister-in-law Chantell Wittstock told MailOnline the princess would not be returning to the palace and did not plan to immediately return to public engagements. Prince Albert has continued to carry out royal duties on his own (pictured).
Prince Albert has taken a more active role in the couple’s twins’ lives. Pictured: Albert and Charlene embracing during Albert’s visit to South Africa in August.
Separate lives? Before she left in January, Charlene had raised eyebrows by living in a modest two-bedroom apartment above an old chocolate factory about 300m (984ft) away, rather than in the Palace itself, as illustrated. There is debate over whether she might return to the property.
Low-key: Instead of enjoying palatial rooms overlooking the Mediterranean, and a domestic staff including butlers and cooks, the apartment (pictured) is a pared back abode.
Charlene, who wed Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011, has been living in her home country of South Africa for much of this year, and the extended stay has stoked speculation that the royal couple may be headed for divorce. Albert took their children to visit in August.
Charlene spent months without her family in her native South Africa while she recovered from surgery following a sinus infection she contracted during a solo charity trip earlier this year. Pictured: Albert with Charlene on a visit to see his wife in South Africa in August.