Prince Albert attends events solo in Monaco, because Charlene is still in South Africa

Prince Albert II of Monaco during the last day of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage tournament

Here are some photos of Prince Albert, the sovereign of Monaco, out and about in Monte Carlo this week. On Sunday, he attended the World Rugby Sevens Repechage tournament with his two children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The kids were very cute and Gabriella seems especially close to her dad. On Monday, Albert attended a basketball game solo, and yesterday, he was photographed at the Golden Nymphs ceremony, which is sort of a TV awards show in Monaco and a way to get celebrities to visit the principality.

Princess Charlene, Albert’s wife, did not attend any of these highly publicized events. That’s because as far as anyone knows, Charlene is still in South Africa, where she’s been since mid-May. Charlene went to South Africa under the guise of highlighting the anti-poaching work in her home country. She allegedly contracted an ENT infection about a week into her stay and they claimed she couldn’t fly home. That was more than a month ago. About two weeks ago, Albert traveled to South Africa with their two kids and they apparently had a nice visit with Charlene. Then Albert and the kids returned to Monaco without Charlene, apparently.

So far, only a few British outlets (like the Daily Mail) are talking about this, and they’re basically just highlighting the fact that Charlene still hasn’t returned to Monaco and isn’t that curious. The Mail went a little bit further this week, noting that Charlene has not been photographed with Albert since January of this year, and that Albert is currently facing yet another paternity suit. There hasn’t been any update on that paternity suit either.

So, yeah, not that I’m “in the know” or anything, but it looks very much like Charlene escaped Monaco on the eve of her tenth wedding anniversary, on the actual tenth anniversary of her first escape attempt before their 2011 wedding. She gave the marriage ten years. I think she’s cashing out and moving back to South Africa. Maybe she and Albert will work some kind of joint custody out, or maybe they’ll never divorce and Charlene will just remain in South Africa indefinitely.

Prince Albert II of Monaco during the last day of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage tournament

Golden Nymphs ceremony of the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. fluffy_bunny says:

    If Charlene really has an infection she needs some strong antibiotic and maybe some surgery. I’ve had chronic sinus issues and twice needed surgery to clear up infections. If not hopefully she’s free of Albert and he’ll allow the twins to visit her in SA.

  2. M says:

    Her children are the only good things to come out of this fakakta arrangement. I just don’t think she’d willingly move to South Africa without them. The three of them had been doing just fine living in France and away from Albert.

    • Cessily says:

      The kids are ever going to be raised outside the Monaco Monarchy she knows this, I see her staying married and seeing the kids in various places outside the control of PA but I doubt it would ever be alone.
      If she doesn’t return the best she could hope for is at adulthood they are allowed more freedom of choice in a relationship with their Mother. The entire situation is just 😞 sad.

      • Chica1971 says:

        When you see Caroline and sons start making official appearances again, it will tell. isn’t the Rose Bal coming up soon?

  3. thaisajs says:

    I don’t blame her for wanting to leave, but man, I can’t imagine leaving my kids behind.

    • Oy_Hey says:

      i get it the sentiment but we’re assuming she wanted to have children with a man she tried to get away from and was literally seized at the airport.

    • Seraphina says:

      I am with Oy_Hey on this one. Plus, many, many royal women and aristo women through out history have had their kids taken and raised by others or in boarding school. I am sure these two will be sent to schools, maybe boarding, and she has spent the early years with them.

      MHO, is that she is not coming back unless it’s her terms. And that the haircut was a sign that if they pushed her too hard she was going to crack (she was laying the foundation for that one). Can you imagine the headlines if she did????? That would not be good. How can you damage control that if it did happen. Because, let’s just say it, this guy is a douche.

      • myjobistoprincess says:

        Charlene waiting for the paternity test to show up. she doesnt want to be there when the truth will be revealed. I mean… it’s like to gates renting that island before their news were out. same here. Can you imagine the circus if she is there and he is the father? (Insert Maury Povich here) Albert could not say no to the scandal he has created himself… And charlene wants to see her kids so he will take them there and show at the same time that she has not escaped and he still has access.

  4. Julia K says:

    I wonder if Charlene’s parents or another family member is ill and she rightly wants to stay close by. She and Albert apparently on good terms, visit etc, so nothing to see here imo.

    • Amelie says:

      Her parents live in Monaco last time I checked as does one of her brothers. I think she has one other brother who remained in South Africa so maybe she’s bunking with him and it is entirely possible maybe she has an aunt, uncle, cousin, I don’t know how extensive her family is. But most of her core family moved to Monaco when she married Albert for safety reasons and to be closer to Charlene from what I’ve read. But if her parents are in Monaco, then it is really strange for her to be in South Africa for weeks on end without her kids. ENT infections don’t last that long, and if she were that sick, I feel like we would get more updates on her health. I think she either has a South African guy on the side or she is finally taking stock of her life and needed to get away for a bit to figure it out and Albert is letting her figure things out. He got his “legitimate heirs” out of the marriage, there isn’t much incentive to keep her trapped at the palace anymore.

  5. Annabelle says:

    The children always look very happy and comfortable with him. Nice to see.

  6. Sofia says:

    I doubt Charlene would leave her kids behind. Sure they could work out an arrangement where they visit her but again, I don’t think she would leave her kids’ behind.

  7. Hanna says:

    Lol Charlene is not coming back to this bitch.

  8. Aphra says:

    Who dat?

  9. Normades says:

    This is so sad. If Charlene leaves the kids can’t come with her.

    The boy looks so much like his mum and the girl looks like Albert. I wonder if they’ll grow up to know all his other children.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    Yeah, I think the marriage is over. She’s gone back to South Africa to live.

  11. Amelie says:

    I think she went on this trip knowing she would extend it to figure things out for herself. She is at the 10 year mark in her marriage and it makes sense for her to reevaluate things. Based on rumors she has never been that happy living in Monaco and feels isolated as she has never been able to entirely master the French language. Plus all of Albert’s paternity issues and illegitimate children she’s had to deal with. Her parents don’t live in South Africa anymore (they’re in Monaco last time I checked) so it’s not like she’s visiting them, the palace would have said that. She probably did get sick with something minor and then embellished it to have more time. I think she’s planning an exit strategy and she’s doing it away from Monaco and prying eyes and ears at the palace hashing out custody, finances, and all that. I do think we will get an announcement in the next few months that Charlene and Albert are separating. She won’t stay away forever, she won’t do that to her kids.

    • sunny says:

      I will never forget the image of her crying at her wedding(those were not tears of joy). Who knows how their marriage has fared since then but the strain of the paternity suits probably has been a lot.

      I hope she gets to figure out what is best for her and best for her beautiful children. I’m glad she gets to be away from Monaco and hopefully take space and time to regroup.

  12. Seraphina says:

    Hashtag: FreedomforCharlene!

  13. cocoa says:

    I WANT A NETFLIX SERIES ON THE GRIMALDI FAMILY. Starting from the marriage of Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly’s Marriage and so on. Once again, if you think of the British Royal Family having issues, the Monaco Family takes the cake. This is the latest scandal in the existence of my lifetime.

  14. Lori says:

    I guess Ill be the jerk and say that IMHO when I saw the Pics of PWT with his kids on Father’s Day, the first thing I thought was oh he’s taken a page out of Prince Albert’s book. Albert was very quick to condemn the Oprah interview and I think he’s an ally to PWT. I think it was a show of force that these would be King’s are letting their soon to ex wives know they have served their purpose and things would march on just fine without them.
    I think Kate is also laying the ground work for her up coming divorce and William is appearing in public with the kids with out her to let her know that he’s fine with out her.
    I also think Autumn Philips saw her chances to move on from her milk swilling husband and dump his cheating ass as soon as she saw H@M move on.
    There are likely quite a few women within the Monarchies that are ready to throw in the towel and H&M gave them a map of how to het out.

  15. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I read this article and the comments, and thought, I’ve been here at least 10 years. Man, time flies… unless you are Charlene, married to that polished turd.

    • Kkat says:

      I know right!?? I can’t believe it’s been so long.
      I came here when LeAnn was just starting her crazy SWF stuff

  16. Chaine says:

    Looks like two kids having a nice day out with grandad… I hope Charlene is living it up in SA with some hot guy her own age.

  17. Margaret says:

    Has anyone seen her???

  18. SurvivalIsTheGame says:

    I feel so bad for Charlene, all the luxury and status in the world are meaningless when you are allegedly/possibly being abused.
    To me it seems like being a royal spouse is the definition of at least
    psychological abuse with the level of control and power imbalance being used against the one marrying into the firm.
    I hope Charlene is drinking a lovely sundowner while watching a magical African sunset, and tucking a little brai right now, plotting her freedom.
    She is very well loved in South Africa, so it seems like a great place for her to settle.

  19. JRenee says:

    I too was here when this tragic wedding occurred. I don’t understand why he chose her when she clearly didn’t want to marry him. I truly hope she continues to get to see the kids. I can’t imagine what she’s dealt with over the years but this ogre will not stop cheating nor get snipped, eeww

  20. candy says:

    Woah, 10 years! That went fast, or I’m just old, lol. I guess it was around the same time as W&K which seems so much longer.

  21. jferber says:

    I don’t understand how and why she was forced to marry him in the first place? Good God, he couldn’t even find someone who was willing? He’s paunchy and balding and gave a douche-bro thumbs up to William in his conflict with Harry. How easy it is for these uppity white men to think they’re God. Everyone else has to obey and live for them. Just crap.