Tatler unveils Princess Charlene as its January cover star and declares her life has ‘more drama than a soap opera’ – after sources claimed she ‘almost died’ following sinus surgery
Tatler has unveiled Princess Charlene as its latest cover star as the royal’s mysterious illness continues to make headlines around the world.
The cover of the British society bible‘s January edition is dominated by a photo of the princess from 2019 and declares her life has ‘more drama than a soap opera’.
The Tatler feature, published next Thursday, will trace how Charlene went from South African Olympian to the Princess of Monaco.
Media frenzy: Tatler has unveiled Princess Charlene as its latest cover star as the royal’s mysterious illness continues to make headlines around the world
Mysterious illness: News outlets and magazines around the world are gripped by the story of Charlene, who was admitted to a treatment facility within days of her return to Monaco following a 10-month absence in South Africa. Pictured, her family reunion in Monaco
Concern: Page Six published a report from anonymous sources who claimed Charlene had ‘almost died’ following surgery from a sinus infection, which was what caused her to be grounded in South Africa. Pictured, Charlene looking visibly frail in a photo from October
‘While the world continues to speculate over her health and marriage, Tatler looks back at how Charlene came to be the princess of the most glamorous realm in Europe – one known for its great wealth, its stylish women and its Hollywood connection via Grace Kelly, the late mother-in-law she never met,’ a preview article teases.
‘How did Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer from a different continent, come to meet her Prince Charming? And what do her friends and her family say about the current situation?’
News outlets and magazines around the world are gripped by the story of Charlene, 43, who was admitted to a treatment facility within days of her return to Monaco following a 10-month absence in her native South Africa.
Her husband Prince Albert, 63, spoke out to say she is suffering from ‘exhaustion, both emotional and physical’ but has not been more specific as to her condition. It is thought she will remain in treatment for ‘several weeks’.
This week Page Six published a report from anonymous sources who claimed Charlene had ‘almost died’ following surgery from a sinus infection, which was what caused her to be grounded in South Africa.
Speaking to the publication, a source described as the royal’s friend said: ‘It is unfair that she is being portrayed as having some kind of mental or emotional issue.
Family life: Meanwhile Prince Albert has continued to make public appearances with their six-year-old twins, Jacques and Gabriella. The trio attended a tree planting event in Monaco on Wednesday and the Monaco National Day celebrations last Friday, pictured
Sibling support: This week Prince Jacques placed a protective arm around his twin sister as the youngsters a South African tree on the terraces of the Casino to mark the centenary of the Soroptimist International Organisation and in honor of Princess Charlene of Monaco
‘We don’t know why the palace is downplaying that she almost died in South Africa.’
The source explained the royal had a severe ear, nose and throat infection, which resulted in ‘severe sinus and swallowing issues stemming from an earlier surgery’.
The friend added: ‘She has not been able to eat solid food in over six months because of all the surgeries she has since gone through. She has only been able to take in liquids through a straw, so she lost nearly half her body weight.’
Meanwhile Prince Albert has continued to make public appearances with their six-year-old twins, Jacques and Gabriella. The trio attended a tree planting event in Monaco on Wednesday and the Monaco National Day celebrations last Friday.
In media interviews, Albert explained he had stepped up to play a bigger role in his children’s lives as the family copes with Charlene’s ongoing health issues.
Jacques and Gabriella are homeschooled at the palace after being taken out of the classroom due to Covid.
‘For me, it’s pretty simple – my priority is my family,’ he said in an interview this month. ‘Of course, without neglecting state affairs… I hope everyone understands that. When I can be with my kids, I do it without hesitation.
‘This is an extremely important time in their life – the way they grow up helps them see the world.
‘And 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.’
The January issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Thursday 2nd December.
How Charlene and Albert made solo outings in South Africa and Monaco during ten months apart
January 27 – Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco.
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 8 – Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend a Grand Prix event in Monaco without Charlene
May 10 – Albert attends Monaco Gala Awards in Monaco without Charlene
May 18 – Charlene shares her first picture from her conservation trip in South Africa
June 1 – Prince Albert II, Jacques and Gabriella attend event at Oceanic Museum in Monaco
June 3 – New photos emerge of Charlene on her conservation trip
June 5- Charlene puts on a united front as she shares a photo with her family to mark her niece’s fifth birthday with her brother’s family and Albert and the twins in South Africa
June 7 – Albert and the twins attend the World Rugby Sevens without Charlene
June 17 – Prince Albert attends Red Cross Summer concert in Monte Carlo with his sister Princess Caroline of Hanover
June 18 – Prince Albert appears alone Monte Carlo TV Festival
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. ‘This year will be the first time that I’m not with my husband on our anniversary in July, which is difficult, and it saddens me,’ Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene said in a statement.
July 3 – Albert appears with glamorous niece Charlotte Casiraghi at the 15th international Monte-Carlo Jumping event, which is part of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco,
July 27 – Prince Albert attends Olympics alone in Tokyo
August 13 – Charlene undergoes a four-hour operation. The reason is not announced
August 25 – Charlene shares photos of Prince Albert, Gabriella and Jacques visiting her in South Africa
September 1 – Charlene is admitted under an alias to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital after suddenly ‘collapsing’
September 2 – She is discharged, with a statement from the Palais Princier reading: ‘Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying’
September 23 – Prince Albert attends the 2021 Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health
September 29 – Prince Albert is joined on the red carpet by actress Sharon Stone for a first look at the eagerly anticipated James Bond release
September 30 – Charlene releases a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching campaign from her South African bolthole
October 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
October 5 – Prince Albert attends Sportel Awards Ceremony in Monte Carlo with nephew Louis Ducruet
October 6 – Albert tells RMC radio Charlene is ‘ready to come home’
October 8 – Princess undergoes surgery in South Africa
November 8 – Charlene arrives back in Monaco. Prince Albert said within hours it became clear she was ‘unwell’
November 13 – Prince Albert attends Expo 2020 in Dubai without Princess Charlene
Following his return from the trip, Prince Albert holds an intervention with Charlene’s brothers and a sister-in-law in which Charlene ‘confirmed’ she would seek ‘real medically framed treatment’ outside of Monaco
November 16 – Royal household confirms Princess Charlene will not attend National Day celebrations on November 19
– Prince Albert attends a Monaco Red Cross event without Princess Charlene
November 17 – Prince Albert reveals Princess Charlene has left Monaco and is recovering in a secret location
November 19 – Prince Albert reveals Charlene is in a treatment facility ‘elsewhere in Europe’ after a family intervention