The Charlene and Albert love story continues! Monaco’s royal palace releases ANOTHER video showcasing the couple’s life as she remains in South Africa due to ‘infection’ – but this one focuses on their six-year-old twins
The royal court of Monaco have released another video celebrating the love story of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene as she remains in South Africa.
The video was shared on Instagram as part of a series of clips celebrating the couple’s 10th anniversary, which took place on July 1.
Entitled ‘One Country, One Family,’ the sweet footage focuses on Princess Charlene, 43 and 63-year-old Albert’s twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, six.
It comes as Charlene is recovering from an operation in South Africa after contracting a serious sinus infection she contracted on a solo visit to the country.
The mother-of-two has not been seen in Monaco since January, sparking rumours that a royal separation might be in the works.
The Royal Palace of Monaco has released a new video highlighting the important place the children of Princess Charlene, 43 and Prince Albert, 63, hold in the heart of Monaco’s public life. Twins Princess Gabrielle and Prince Jacques were born on December 10 2014 and were presented to the public a few days later, pictured
The twins have been part of Monaco’s public holidays since their birth, including the Principality’s national day in 2015, pictured
The heartwarming video follows Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques as they take their first steps in Monaco’s public life – from the very moment their proud parents introduced them to the public from the palace’s balcony following their birth on December 10, 2014.
The twins’ baptism follows, including a series of footage where the adorable newborns accompany their parents throughout Monaco’s annual events – including Sainte Devote celebrations.
The slickly-produced videos capture the twins as they turn from quiet babies to independent six-year-olds, attending their country’s national events with the poise of seasoned royals.
Among other moments captured is Princess Gabriella taking the mic from her mother’s hands during an event when she was two, and the twins enjoying a ride a merry-go-round.
The video chronicles the first six years of the twins’ life, spent attending royal function and packed with cute moments, like the time they hopped on a merry-go-round, pictured
Alongside the video, an accompanying post reads: ‘Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene watch over Their children’s first steps into official life, which is closely associated with the history and traditions of Monaco.’
‘Every year, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella take part in the festivities of the cavagnetù, the back-to-school picnic, the setting ablaze of the boat of Saint Devote, the Principality’s patron saint, every 26 January, and in June, they attend the batafoegu, the bonfire lit on the Palace Square for St John’s Day.’
It continues: ‘Visits to the elderly, sporting events, awareness-raising operations for the protection of nature.’
‘The Marquis des Baux and the Countess of Carladès, now six years old, tenderly guided by Their Parents, discover the major events that punctuate the official calendar and celebrate the links between Monegasques and the Prince’s Family,’
‘On 19 November 2020, they joined the National Day ceremonies organised in the Cour d’Honneur of the Grimaldi residence for the first time.’
The clip portrays Charlene and Albert as hands-on parents who never spend too much time away from their children (pictured on their first day of school in 2019)
Jacques and Gabriella, pictured, took their first steps in the public eye and have been a staple of Monaco’s public life since 2014
Pictured: Jacques, Gabriella and their illustrious parents during a religious function in 2015, when the twins were only a few months old
Charlene, 43, who was last seen in Monaco in January, underwent a ‘four-hour operation under general anaesthesia’, on August 13, a statement from the office of her husband Prince Albert II announced. No other details were shared.
It comes after it was revealed Charlene had developed a ‘serious sinus infection’.
It was announced that Prince Albert and their six-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella would fly out to South Africa to be with Charlene during her recovery.
In recent weeks, lifestyle magazines across Europe have speculated feverishly that the royal couple could be headed for divorce.
A cheeky moment in the video showed Gabriella as a toddler trying to steal the mic from her mother Charlene during an event
Pictured: Albert waving Gabrielle and Jacques goodbye on their first day of school in 2019
Princess Charlene’s life in the Monaco royal family
1987 – Bea Fiedler, a German topless model, claims her son Daniel was the prince’s son.
1992 – An American national files a paternity lawsuit against the Prince, claiming that he was the father of her daughter, Jazmin Grace.
2000 – Princess Charlene meets Prince Albert at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo
2005 – In May, a former flight attendant claims that her youngest son, whom she named Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, was Prince Albert’s child. She states that his parentage had been proven by DNA tests requested by the Monegasque government.
On 6 July, a few days before he was enthroned on 12 July, the Prince officially confirms via his lawyer Lacoste that Alexandre was his biological son.
2006 – After a DNA test confirmed the child’s parentage, Albert admitted, via statement from his lawyer, that he is Jazmin Grace’s father.
2010 – Princess Charlene and Prince Albert announce their engagement
2011 – Princess Charlene was said to have bolted two days before the royal wedding after hearing Prince Albert had a third love child during their relationship. It was alleged that Charlene tried to flee home to South Africa three times before her ‘arranged marriage’, at one point taking refuge inside her country’s embassy in Paris.
Monaco officials were said to have coaxed her back by brokering a deal between the Prince and his reluctant bride that she provide him with a legitimate heir. After that she would be free to leave of her own free will.
During the wedding, Charlene was in floods of tears, while her husband looked on impassively. Later in the year, Princess Charlene confessed she felt ‘very lonely’ in Monaco
2012 – Princess Charlene was reported to be ‘depressed’ at her failure to provide her husband with a legitimate heir.
2014 – Pregnancy was announced in May. In December Charlene gave birth to twins Princess Gabriella and heir to the throne Prince Jacques.
2017 – Princess Charlene visits Africa, tells media: ‘I am African and this is my heritage. It will always be. It’s in my heart and in my veins.’
2019 – In a rare interview, Princess Charlene confessed it is ‘sometimes hard to smile’ and said the year had been ‘very painful’In another interview, she said she found motherhood ‘exhausting’
2020 – Charlene debuts a shocking half-shaved hairstyle. It is announced Prince Albert of Monaco will appear in court in the new year to fight explosive claims he fathered a third love child with a secret girlfriend before marrying his now wife Princess Charlene.
2021 – January 27 – Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco. It is the last time she has been seen in Monaco this year.
March 18 – Charlene is pictured at the memorial for the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa.
April 2 – Charlene posts an Instagram picture of herself, Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Easter. It is unknown where the image was taken.
May and June – Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend several events in Monaco without Charlene, while she shares snaps from her trip in South Africa.
June 24 – Charlene’s foundation releases a statement saying the royal is unable to travel and is undergoing procedures for an ear, nose and throat infection
July 2 – Charlene and Albert mark their 10th anniversary separately
Charlene has been in South Africa for months, with media reports suggesting she is looking for a house there.
The princess will not return to Monaco until at least the end of October.
Princess Charlene, who has been well enough to conduct interviews from South Africa and has been seen out and about, has recently shared an Instagram post promoting her anti-poaching initiative Chasing Zero, which aims to bring the number of animals killed by poachers down to zero.
She wrote: ‘Rhino Horn is Not Cool! Let’s unite under my #ChasingZero initiative and put an end to the atrocities that put our precious wildlife at risk.’
The accompanying black and white shot shows Charlene pointing a finger towards the camera while holding her other hand balled up in a fist at her face.
Charlene’s last formal engagement was on January 27 when she joined Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monte Carlo. She has not been seen at home since.
Instead she has been keeping followers updated through social media posts and media interviews, in which she has spoken candidly about missing her children and described her husband as her rock.
The mother-of-two has posted Instagram snaps of her FaceTiming her children, showing how they are keeping in touch despite the distance.
Speaking to South Africa Radio 702’s host Mandy Wiener last week, the royal said: ‘[It’s] very frustrating, terribly frustrating. I can’t wait to get back to them, I can’t wait to see my children.’
Charlene revealed: ‘It’s the longest period I’ve actually been away from Europe, let alone my children, but I’m FaceTiming them most days and they’ve been here and will be returning to see me again after my procedure.
‘It’s an amazing opportunity [to be here] but I’m very sad I can’t be with my children this summer in Europe.’
She added that she was initially only supposed to be in her native South Africa for ten to 12 days for a conservation trip with her Princess Charlene of Monaco foundation.
However, the royal had a problem ‘equalising her ears’ and was told by a doctor that she was suffering from a serious sinus infection.
‘It’s taken time to address the problem that I’m having,’ explained Charlene. ‘I cannot go into full detail, but I cannot force healing so I will be grounded in South Africa until the end of October.
‘The reason being I cannot fly above 3,000 metres otherwise I’ll have a problem with my ears.
‘I feel well, I feel good, it’s just obviously a waiting game for me, but I’ve had a great opportunity to understand a little bit more about South Africa, the environment, the needs and it’s been wonderful to be back in South Africa, and I think at this time it’s crucial that people are aware of certain things via my foundation.’
Charlene joined the video interview from bush country in the KwaZulu-Natal region.
She has also shared videos released by the Monaco royal palace to mark her and Albert’s 10th wedding anniversary, which took place in July. The couple spent the milestone thousands of miles apart.
But royal sources have suggested the princess has ‘no plans’ to return soon.
A palace source told Paris Match: ‘The Princess has, for the time being, in reality, no intention of returning.’
The separation is also affecting Charlene’s relationship with the people of Monaco.
Stéphane Bearn, easily the most high-profile and trusted Royal commentator in France, uses an impeccably sourced piece in the latest Paris Match to discuss the torturous separation.
He describes subjects in Monaco becoming increasingly angry about their runaway Princess, as they criticise everything from Charlene’s mood swings to her appearance.
‘In Monaco, since the departure of Charlene, tongues have loosened,’ Mr Bearn writes.
‘In the whirlwind of a hard-nosed court, her fine shine is rubbing off. Her sad looks are regarded as haggard.
‘Disappointed Monegasques talk about her anger, her whimsical moods, which are as changeable as her hair.’
Referring to the couple’s six-year-old twins, who remain in Monaco with their nannies, Mr Bearn writes: ‘The Palace had to invoke a suffering Princess so often that the Monegasques today find it hard to believe.
‘By crying wolf, the mother of Jacques and Gabriella would have discredited and isolated herself.’
Charlene and Albert’s marriage has been plagued with rumours from the start.
The former Olympian, 43, has not been seen in Monaco since January and has spent the last few months holed up in her native South Africa while she receives treatment for a ‘serious sinus infection’ she developed while on a solo visit trip to the country (pictured)
Albert and the twins paid a brief visit to South Africa in early June, the Palace has confirmed, but they otherwise keep in touch via video link
The couple met at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo in 2000, announced their engagement in 2010.
Former Olympic swimmer Charlene reportedly tried to flee Monaco for her native South Africa on three separate occasions before the royal wedding after discovering Albert had allegedly fathered a love child – his third – while they were together.
Monaco officials were said to have coaxed her back by brokering a deal between the Prince and his reluctant bride, saying she could leave once she had provided him with a legitimate heir.
One source said at the time: ‘Charlene will provide an heir, then if things don’t go well, she will receive a generous divorce settlement once she’s served a decent amount of time.’
Charlene was seen in floods of tears on her wedding day in 2011.
Just one year after their wedding, it was reported that Charlene was ‘depressed’ at her failure to provide her husband with a legitimate heir.
Her pregnancy was announced in May 2014, and in December that year she gave birth to twins Princess Gabriella and heir to the throne Prince Jacques.
In the almost 10 years since, Charlene, who shares six-year-old twins with Albert, has rarely spoken publicly of her experience.
In 2017, the Princess made an emotional return to Africa, where she spoke about how much the continent means to her.
‘I am African and this is my heritage. It will always be. It’s in my heart and in my veins,’ she told Eyewitness News.
Last year she admitted life was ‘very painful’, saying: ‘I have the privilege of having this life, but I miss my family and my friends in South Africa and I’m often sad because I cannot always be there for them.’
It’s been a tumultuous start to the year for the royal, after news emerged that her husband is facing a paternity suit over a love child born in the early years of their relationship.
The 63-year-old prince, who already supports two illegitimate children, is alleged to have had a relationship with a Brazilian woman which resulted in a daughter in 2005.
The claim, which his lawyers dismissed as a ‘hoax’, is particularly painful as he was dating Charlene at the time, having met the former Olympic swimmer in 2000.
The 34-year-old claimant – who cannot be named for legal reasons – says she had a passionate affair with Albert, leading to the birth of their daughter – whose name is also classified – on July 4, 2005.