Princess Charlene is undergoing a four-hour surgery in South Africa today


I’m completely out of theories and conspiracies when it comes to Princess Charlene at this point. Nothing makes any sense. I have believed for months that Charlene flew to South Africa in April or May with the cover story of “doing conservation work.” Did she always intend to simply stay there? Was this her grand escape? Or was the original plan different, and she has a legitimate ENT infection which requires multiple surgeries and hospitalizations? I still don’t know. Apparently, Charlene is undergoing yet another surgery today. Hm.

Princess Charlene of Monaco will undergo a four-hour operation on Friday, the palace has confirmed. In a statement, the Palais Princier said: “Princess Charlene will undergo an operation today, Friday, August 13, for four hours under general anaesthesia. Prince Albert and their children, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella will join her during her recovery period.”

Charlene, 43, has remained in South Africa since May after she came down with an ear nose throat (ENT) infection. She has been unable to return to Monaco since then and missed her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Albert in July.

Last month, the royal revealed to South Africa Radio 702 that she is hoping to return home in October.

“Initially I was supposed to be here for 10 to 12 days, unfortunately, I had a problem equalising my ears, and I found out through the doctors that I had a sinus infection and quite a serious one,” she explained. “So, it’s taking time to address this problem that I’m having…. I cannot force healing, so I will be grounded in South Africa until the end of October.”

[From Hello]

Interesting that the Prince’s Palace is now issuing updates about Charlene’s health, because they weren’t doing much of that before. The Prince’s Palace had to announce that Charlene was staying in South Africa back in May, because she had been expected to appear at the Monaco Grand Prix. But after that, Charlene did her own updates through interviews, statements to English-language outlets and social media posts. Now the Prince’s Palace is back to issuing statements on her behalf? Weird. Very weird. As for the four-hour surgery… lord, I do not know. I hope she’s okay. Part of me clings to the “escape” conspiracy just because that one is a lot nicer and happier than “Charlene has significant health issues.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco at the Sainte Devote Mass


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  1. CL says:

    Perhaps the surgery is to remove a giant tumor named Albert?

    • BrainFog 💉💉😷 says:


    • DuchessL says:

      I think charlene got herself a nice updated agreement or finally albert IS NOT the baby daddy. I think The original surgery might have been postponed for some reason to now – like because of covid? …And so the children and albert are going to see her, that is great. I bet the plan is to bring her back and arrive together in monaco like a perfect happy family

  2. Paperclip says:

    Yeah…ten years has a ring to it, huh? Hadn’t really thought of that…kept forgetting about the anniversary. Hmmmm. I’m not saying the sinus thing isn’t real, but perhaps this is all a lucky coincidence for her that provided some leverage? Perhaps not, tho. I’m flummoxed like Kaiser!

  3. Ainsley7 says:

    I don’t see how Charlene needing to escape is a happier story. She has access to the best health care in the world and her health issues don’t seem to be life threatening. If she really felt the need to go to such great lengths to escape Monaco than that means she has been subjected to abuse by Albert that I don’t think she actually has been experiencing. Charlene has always denied that her passport was taken and insisted that she wanted to marry Albert. That it was the timing and rumors that made her upset. Then the embarrassment caused by the unhinged media coverage made her even more upset. Everything with the press and people of Monaco has been down hill from there. Charlene knew what she was getting into with Albert’s personality. She did not expect to be constantly vilified in the press and she did not expect Albert’s sister Caroline to leak horrible things about her out of jealousy. Caroline’s children were all set to inherit the throne before Albert married Charlene. I don’t think Charlene is in love with Albert, but I don’t think she hates him and needs to escape from him. It’s always been The press, the people of Monaco (mostly $$$$ people remember), and members of the court who are loyal to Caroline that she has a real problem with. She’s a private person and wanted to keep her health matters private. The press has made that impossible with all their nonsense.

    • MissMarirose says:

      That’s a good point. She lived with Albert for many years before she married him, so she must’ve known what he’s like. The press, on the other hand, was always going to ramp up their nonsense once the engagement was announced.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    I think Albert and Charlene have finalized their separation agreement, thats why the Palace is back to issuing statements for her.

  5. Lori says:

    She’s never going to be able to use the press to her advantage no matter what’s actually going on. They always side against the marry-ins. There’s more $$$ in always siding with the blood royals.

    • QwietStorm says:

      I don’t know much about the Grimaldi royal family. Was there ever a time that married-in Princess Grace suffered from bad press in Monaco? Because given that theory about siding against the marry-ins, the Monagasques and the European press would’ve turned against her had there been a confrontation, right?
      There’s a book that came out a few years ago about the centuries of scandal the family endured, but I haven’t read it. I guess I’ll find my answers there, and it may be a good read.

  6. Mira says:

    What kind of surgery might one need after an ENT infection?

    • Arralethe says:

      Many years ago I suffered from chronic sinusitis and had to have an operation to resect the sinus tissue as well as remove a bone spur in the sinus cavity. That was a good couple of hours under GA, and the recovery was a good 8 weeks or more.

    • Margles says:

      My friend had pretty extensive surgery related to her sinuses. She had very narrow sinuses that were constantly getting infected.

  7. Laalaa says:

    You know, sometimes it’s just the simple truth?
    Doesn’t explain Albert and the kids not visiting more, though

    • AmelieOriginal says:

      Well COVID for starters. And flying to South Africa from Monaco (most likely leaving from Nice in France as that is the closest international airport) isn’t exactly a walk in the park, even if it’s on a private jet with two young kids. They did visit her back in early June and while I’m on the fence about Charlene trying to escape Monaco, it’s possible they didn’t realize back then just how extensive her ENT issues were.

  8. Lola says:

    I have had 13 ear operations (on both ears) and you absolutely cannot fly. An infection makes flying unbelievably painful and I wasn’t allowed to fly for 6 months after each op. So it is possible she has bad ENT issues.

  9. Va Va Kaboom says:

    Plot twist… she’s pregnant with her bodyguard’s child. She’ll be in South Africa until the birth, then one of her family members will adopt the child. Just spitballing here.

  10. molly says:

    I have no idea what’s the truth, but she’s never looked as happy in Monaco as she does in South Africa. Even that dreadful haircut looks cute with her big, easy smile.

  11. MC2 says:

    I hope she makes it through the surgery okay…..

  12. TheOriginalMia says:

    4 hours. Jeez. Prayers for a successful surgery. Hope this works.

  13. SarahCS says:

    I thought at one point they were saying she’d had an operation before she travelled there and then had complications before she could go back to Monaco….

  14. LidiaJara says:

    I understand that the runaway story could be totally true, but I appreciate that the tone has shifted to – also she might be seriously ill. I lost a friend this year to an infection after multiple surgeries and hospitalizations. It hadn’t seemed so dangerous – amputation was not advised – but then it didn’t get better. It was up and down for many months, and then it took over. Sometimes infections go sideways. Good reminder to everyone to get cuts checked out by doctors (if possible) if they’re even a little inflamed!

  15. LillyfromLillooet says:

    I admit I am surprised, because this has the ring of truth, which then makes what she’s been saying all along true. I do not believe that a cover story would include a fake 4 hour surgery.

    More than anything, I wish Charlene well and will say a prayer for her recovery and return to good health.

  16. Sinéad says:

    If this is really why she’s in SA them why isn’t her husband and kids with her the past few months, or at the very least the majority of the past few months? If it was my husband and I had the money I’d take kids there for the whole summer

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      Probably because the Prince of Monaco is a government position with actual, concrete responsibilities and involvement in the functioning of Monaco’s government. It doesn’t seem to be like Saudi Arabia where the king is the law, but it’s certainly more than, say, the UK, where the only thing truly required is the Sovereign’s signature on legislation.

  17. AmelieOriginal says:

    I feel sorry for Charlene, whatever situation she finds herself in. It does sound like the health situation is real, I don’t think they would be providing the media with so much info if it were fake. And I don’t think she would willingly stay away from her kids for so long. Apart from directly releasing her medical records, she can’t “prove” she has sinus issues, it’s one of those invisible issues she can’t provide direct proof of. I get the sense she’s a private person and she was providing minimal info because we aren’t entitled to knowing about her health issues. However, there are all the rumors that she is unhappy in Monaco and that she tried to run away before the wedding, I think both can be true. I do think she is unhappy in Monaco and probably doesn’t mind this extended break, but I’m sure she misses her kiddies tremendously.