How the Monaco royal family have rallied to support Jacques and Gabriella in Princess Charlene’s absence: Albert has relied on his sisters after admitting the six-year-old twins had ‘suffered’
Prince Albert of Monaco’s sisters Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie have rallied around to support his children Jacques and Gabriella in wife Princess Charlene’s absence – after admitting they had ‘suffered.’
Il reale, 63, revealed on Friday that his wife Charlene, 43, has been admitted to a ‘treatment facility’ where she will remain for ‘at least several’ weeks after it became ‘evident she was unwell’ within hours of her return to Monaco following 10 mesi in Sud Africa.
Albert, who earlier this year said his wife was suffering from a sinus infection, did not reveal details of her illness but ruled out cancer and Covid. He hinted at mental health struggles, saying she ‘was overwhelmed and couldn’t face official duties, life in general or even family life’ and is suffering from ‘exhaustion, sia emotivo che fisico'.
Discussing the impact their mother’s absence has had on the children, the Monaco royal spoke to French news outlet Monaco Matin and admitted that they had ‘suffered’, but that that they had ‘a family environment that made sure they weren’t lacking in affection’.
But it seems like they’re being well-looked after by Prince Albert’s sisters Princess Caroline of Hanover, 63, and Princess Stephanie, 56, who were seen holding their hands during celebrations for Monaco National Day on Friday.
Family members including Princess Caroline of Hanover (sinistra) and Princess Stephanie (giusto, pictured on Monaco Day) are helping to care for Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques
Principessa Gabriella (sinistra) e il principe Jacques (giusto) con il loro padre, il principe Alberto, tengono cartelli che dicono "Ti amiamo mamma"’ durante le celebrazioni della Festa Nazionale di Monaco
Principessa Charlene (nella foto in ottobre) has appeared increasingly frail in recent months. She is currently being treated for ‘exhaustion, both emotional and physical’
Princess Caroline of Hanover, dressed in a sparkly tweed jacket and skirt co-ord, could be seen bending down and reaching for the hand of Prince Jacques, before averting his eyes to something which caught her attention.
Meanwhile Princess Stephanie, who looked chic in a smart grey coat, walked closely alongside Gabriella before clutching the youngster’s hands firmly in front of hers.
During the big event, Prince Albert stood on the balcony of Monaco Palace with his children, who held signs that said: 'Ci manchi mamma'.
Speaking to Monaco Matin, Prince Albert said: ‘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.’
Lui continuò: ‘Per me, è abbastanza semplice: la mia priorità è la mia famiglia. This is an extremely important time in [the children’s] life – the way they grow up helps them see the world.
'E se uno dei genitori è assente per motivi di salute, l'altro genitore deve essere lì.
‘I have heard too many friends and acquaintances telling me that they wish they had been there for their children, ad una certa età, presi dal loro lavoro o dalla loro vita professionale. Non voglio avere questi rimpianti.’
Gabriella was spotted holding her aunt Princess Stephanie’s hand on Monaco Day, amid her father’s claims ‘a loving family environment’ means the twins get enough affection
Princess Caroline of Hanover was snapped chatting to Prince Jacques during the celebrations, which mark one of the biggest events in the royal calendar
Princess Gabriella sent out a message to her mother who was unable to attend the Monaco Day event, via a sweet, handwritten sign
Parlando con People magazine, Prince Albert said his 43-year-old wife is suffering profound ‘exhaustion, both emotional and physical’ and will require clinical care lasting several weeks at a minimum following her return from a 10-month stay in South Africa.
The palace confirmed that Charlene would be recovering for the foreseeable future, releasing a statement on Tuesday that said: ‘The Princess is currently convalescing and will continue to do so for the coming weeks, allowing Her time to recover from a state of profound general fatigue.’
The statement said the couple have ‘both decided that a period of calm and rest is necessary to ensure the very best recovery for Princess Charlene’s health.’
It continued: ‘In order to protect the comfort and privacy essential to Her recovery, the Princess’ location will remain strictly confidential.
‘As soon as her health permits, the Princess looks forward to once again carrying out her Princely duties and spending time with the Monegasques.’
Di giovedì, the mother-of-two shared an Instagram post from the ‘secret location’ where she is recovering from a ‘fatigue that’s not just physical.’
Princess Charlene was reunited with her family on November 8, with images from a staged photo call shared on the palace’s official Instagram page
Despite persistent rumours about the state of their marriage, Principe Alberto (pictured during his November 8 reunion with his wife) said her issues are not related to the relationship
Principessa Charlene – whose frail appearance has sparked concerns – shared controversial photos of the couple hugging in South Africa earlier this year
Sequenza temporale: Il Principe Alberto e la Principessa Charlene 10 mesi’ a parte
gennaio 27 – Charlene è fotografata con Albert per la Cerimonia della Santa Devota a Monaco.
marzo 18 – Charlene è raffigurata al memoriale per il defunto monarca Zulu, Re Goodwill Zwelithini al Palazzo Reale di KwaKhethomthandayo a Nongoma, Sud Africa
aprile 2 – Charlene pubblica una sua foto su Instagram, Albert e i loro gemelli Jacques e Gabriella per Pasqua.
Non si sa dove sia stata scattata l'immagine.
Maggio 8 – Albert, Jacques e Gabriella partecipano a un Gran Premio di Monaco senza Charlene
Maggio 10 – Albert partecipa al Monaco Gala Awards a Monaco senza Charlene
Maggio 18 – Charlene condivide la sua prima foto dal suo viaggio di conservazione in Sud Africa
giugno 1 – Principe Alberto II, Jacques e Gabriella partecipano all'evento al Museo Oceanico di Monaco
giugno 3 – Emergono nuove foto di Charlene durante il suo viaggio di conservazione
giugno 5- Charlene si mostra unita mentre condivide una foto con la sua famiglia per celebrare il quinto compleanno di sua nipote con la famiglia di suo fratello e Albert e i gemelli in Sud Africa
giugno 7 – Albert e i gemelli partecipano ai World Rugby Sevens senza Charlene
giugno 17 – Il principe Alberto partecipa al concerto estivo della Croce Rossa a Montecarlo con sua sorella, la principessa Carolina di Hannover
giugno 18 – Il principe Alberto appare da solo al Festival della TV di Montecarlo
giugno 24 – La fondazione di Charlene rilascia una dichiarazione in cui afferma che il reale non è in grado di viaggiare e sta subendo le procedure per un orecchio, infezione del naso e della gola
luglio 2 – Charlene e Albert festeggiano il loro decimo anniversario separatamente. "Quest'anno sarà la prima volta che non sarò con mio marito per il nostro anniversario a luglio, che è difficile, e mi rattrista,’ Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Charlene ha detto in una dichiarazione.
luglio 3 – Albert appare con l'affascinante nipote Charlotte Casiraghi al 15° evento internazionale di Monte-Carlo Jumping, che fa parte del Longines Global Champions Tour di Monaco,
luglio 27 – Il principe Alberto partecipa da solo alle Olimpiadi di Tokyo
agosto 13 – Charlene subisce un'operazione di quattro ore. Il motivo non è annunciato
agosto 25 – Charlene condivide le foto del principe Alberto, Gabriella e Jacques le fanno visita in Sud Africa
settembre 1 – Charlene viene ricoverata sotto pseudonimo al Netcare Alberlito Hospital dopo un "crollo" improvviso’
settembre 2 – è dimessa, con una dichiarazione della lettura del Palais Princier: ‘Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying’
settembre 23 – Prince Albert attends the 2021 Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health
settembre 29 – Prince Albert is joined on the red carpet by actress Sharon Stone for a first look at the eagerly anticipated James Bond release
settembre 30 – Charlene releases a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching campaign from her South African bolthole
ottobre 3 – Princess Charlene shares a photograph of herself smiling in front of a bible in her first snap since being discharged from hospital following her health scare
ottobre 5 – Prince Albert attends Sportel Awards Ceremony in Monte Carlo with nephew Louis Ducruet
ottobre 6 – Albert tells RMC radio Charlene is ‘ready to come home’
ottobre 8 – Princess undergoes surgery in South Africa
novembre 8 – Charlene arrives back in Monaco. Il principe Alberto ha detto che in poche ore è diventato chiaro che non stava bene’
novembre 13 – Il principe Alberto partecipa all'Expo 2020 a Dubai senza la principessa Charlene
Dopo il suo ritorno dal viaggio, Il principe Alberto ha un intervento con i fratelli di Charlene e una cognata in cui Charlene "conferma"’ cercherebbe "un vero trattamento medico strutturato"’ fuori Monaco
novembre 16 – La famiglia reale conferma che la principessa Charlene non parteciperà alle celebrazioni della festa nazionale a novembre 19
– Il principe Alberto partecipa a un evento della Croce Rossa di Monaco senza la principessa Charlene
novembre 17 – Il principe Alberto rivela che la principessa Charlene ha lasciato Monaco e si sta riprendendo in un luogo segreto
novembre 19 – Il principe Alberto rivela che Charlene è in una struttura di trattamento "altrove in Europa"’ dopo un intervento familiare
The family were all spotted together in South Africa at the start of June, and official photos of the family shared on social media in August showing another visit had taken place after three months apart.
The royal couple have faced rumours about the state of their marriage for many years, but the prince stressed in the interview this week that the separation is not due to relationship issues.
Egli ha detto: 'Probabilmente lo dirò più volte, ma questo non ha niente a che fare con la nostra relazione.
‘I want to make that very clear.
‘These are not problems within our relationship; non con il rapporto tra marito e moglie. È di natura diversa.’
He also said her absence is not due to cancer, Covid, or plastic surgery.
però, the couple’s reunion photos were met with scepticism, with body language Judi James telling FEMAIL that Charlene was using exaggerated gestures of closeness with Albert and appeared ‘needy’ in the images – while Prince Albert did ‘not reflect’ his wife’s body language.
She added that in the family image, the princess was ‘clinging’ to her husband, detto: ‘Charlene’s announcement rituals here suggest she wants to send out a very emphatic message that she is now back with her family and that her love for her husband is stronger than ever.
‘Just as in South Africa when Prince Albert came to visit, Charlene performs what look rather like over-kill signals to make her message clear to the rest of the world, putting in much more effort than her husband to look excitedly re-united and joyous.’
The reunion was also met with scepticism by the French media, with respected French celebrity outlet Gala publishing an article with the headline: ‘Reunion of Albert and Charlene of Monaco: but where exactly do they sleep?’
And Voici – another popular magazine read widely across Monaco and France – ran with: ‘Charlene of Monaco back: the Princess breaks the silence and forgets to mention her husband’.
This was a reference to Charlene using a social media video to thank everybody who had helped her through months of ill-health, without name-checking Albert at all.
The video was shared by her foundation on Twitter as she returned to Monaco.
Dentro, lei disse: ‘It has been, ovviamente, a very challenging time to be here but at the same time it has been wonderful being back in South Africa.
‘I’d like to thank the doctors in South Africa who have done a fantastic job of helping me and I’m so looking forward to getting back to my children.
‘Thank you South Africa, and thank you everyone and god bless you.’
Speculation over the relationship dates back to the couple’s 2011 nozze, where Charlene was snapped crying.
The former Olympic swimmer even reportedly tried to flee Monaco for her native South Africa on three separate occasions before the royal wedding.
This was after she discovered Albert had fathered a love child while they were together.
In the years following his wedding, Albert reportedly rarely saw his love child – a son named Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, whose mother is Nicole Coste, un ex assistente di volo dell'Air France del Togo.
Nel 2014, Nicole told the Mail On Sunday: 'La verità è che, mi dispiace dirlo, Albert non vede Alexandre da una breve visita lo scorso settembre.
‘It has become impossible since he married that girl.
'Suppongo come una nuova moglie, come ci si sente?? Ma dovrebbe pensare al mio bambino innocente.
'Non voglio attaccarla ma penso che sia solo gelosia e non so perché.
‘I have been through hell in my fight for my son’s name and future.’
Inoltre, while Prince Albert is already supporting two illegitimate children he fathered, he is alleged to have been in a relationship with a Brazilian woman which resulted in a daughter in 2005.
il reclamo, che i suoi avvocati hanno liquidato come una "bufala", è particolarmente doloroso dato che all'epoca usciva con Charlene, avendo incontrato in 2000.
però, Charlene has continued to publicly support her husband.
The former swimmer, who represented the country at the 2000 Olimpiadi di Sydney, spoke out on their relationship in January.
She told Point de Vue: 'Quando mio marito ha problemi, me ne parla.
‘I often tell him, “Non importa cosa, non importa cosa, Sono al mille percento dietro di te. Ti starò vicino qualunque cosa tu faccia, in good times or in bad”.’
La madre di due bambini ha continuato dicendo che spesso dice anche a suo marito che lo "proteggerà".’ e sara' sempre al suo fianco.’