Just days after returning to Monaco after a six-month stay in her native South Africa for an ENT infection and subsequent corrective surgeries, Princess Charlene has left again and "is receiving treatment in a facility outside of Monaco," People reports. Prince Albert added that she is suffering from "profound exhaustion, both emotional and physical." He dismissed any other rumors surrounding the treatment and noted that Charlene's recovery could last several weeks.
People adds that after Charlene's homecoming, things quickly devolved and she realized that she needed help.
The return "went pretty well in the first few hours, and then it became pretty evident that she was unwell," Albert said. Charlene went on to cancel her planned appearance for Monaco's National Day on Nov. 19, citing "profound general fatigue." Prince Albert added, "she was clearly exhausted, physically and emotionally. She was overwhelmed and couldn't face official duties, life in general or even family life."
Albert also dismissed the idea that the two were dealing with any sort of "crisis" in their marriage. Rumors of a possible separation started to surface as Charlene spent more and more time away from Monaco.
"I'm probably going to say this several times, but this has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear," he said. "These are not problems within our relationship; not with the relationship between a husband and wife. It's of a different nature."
Charlene's stay in South Africa saw her missing her 10th wedding anniversary and also sparked rumors that she had contracted COVID, which the royal family denied. Albert's statement also ruled out plastic surgery and cancer, which tabloids also suggested for her delayed return.
"Because I know there are rumors out there, let me say: This is not COVID," Albert told People. "And it's not cancer-related. It's not a personal relationship issue. And if you want to discuss another speculation, it isn't related to plastic surgery or facial work at all."
Prince Albert also noted that Charlene came to the decision to seek treatment herself and just needed to tell her family that she'd made up her mind. Her brothers and a sister-in-law were all with her when she made the announcement to the family.
"She had already made her decision, and we only wanted her to confirm it in front of us. She wanted this. She already knew the best thing to do was to go and have a rest and have a real medically framed treatment," he continued. "And not in Monaco. For privacy reasons, it would have to be someplace outside of Monaco. […] She was already in favor of it. We knew that. We only wanted it confirmed in front of us. We wanted to tell her that we love her so much, and that we were there for her, and that the most important aspect for her is her health That she shouldn't worry about anything else. That we all love her, that her children love her, and that we only want the best for her."
Albert finished by saying that he and their children, twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, would visit her when the time is right.
"They know that she's going to talk to them very soon," he said. "They miss her, of course, but they understand. Kids at that age they understand."
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