Princess Charlene posted another IG from South Africa, she’s still not in Monaco

About two weeks ago, Princess Charlene had what was described as her “final procedure” in the long-running medical saga of her ENT infection. Charlene managed to travel to South Africa while in late April/early May, and she’s been there ever since. She’s had multiple hospitalizations and multiple surgeries. At one point in September, she reportedly collapsed and had to be hospitalized again, just after Prince Albert visited with their kids. Albert has only gone to South Africa to see his wife a few times, and each time, he’s come out of the visit saying that Charlene is on the mend and she’ll be back to Monaco as soon as possible. Charlene’s timeline for returning to Monaco has been “late October.” We’re getting closer, but it really doesn’t seem like Charlene is making many moves to return.

Charlene posted the above Instagram over the weekend. The man beside her is Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the reigning king of the Zulu nation. While she’s been in South Africa, Charlene has been getting involved in local Zulu politics, which I think is a bad idea but whatever. The thing most people were talking about is her appearance, and words like “frail” and “sick” appeared in headlines around Europe. I think… she looks like a woman who is still recovering from six months of medical drama.

Is anyone interested in a friendly wager? I don’t think she will be back in Monaco by Halloween. I’ve got ten bucks on it.



Photos courtesy of Charlene’s IG.

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  1. caitlinsmom says:

    based in her appearance in the last few photos we have seen of her, I completely beleive that there has been a long illness and recovery. She really does look very frail. She and Albert are probably also have issues/sorting out a permanent separate living arrangement. Both of these things can be true at the same time.

  2. evie says:

    She does look ill and frail. Her wrist and forearm in this picture is just skin and bones. I could care less what’s going on with the state of her and Albert’s marriage. I just hope that for her sake and that of her children she gets well soon and can be reunited with the kids. Wish her all the best.

    • Anita says:

      Same here. It’s like her health is going downhill, instead of improving. Sending good thoughts.

    • The Hench says:

      She has lost even more weight.

      That wrist shows that she is emaciated underneath that loose clothing. She looks seriously, seriously ill to me.

  3. goofpuff says:

    I agree. She does look like she has been through a rough illness. I hope she really is getting better and that she can return to her children (no matter what the state of the marriage is).

  4. notasugarhere says:

    Kaiser, not taking that bet. Maybe by Christmas? Otherwise, we’ll see Albert and kids fly to S.A. for Christmas. Interested to see if they took formal photos for the Christmas cards while all four were in S.A. recently. Those cards are a big PR deal for them.

    • molly says:

      Let’s hope there’s another, unseen batch of photos from last month when they were all together because the original batch isn’t exactly bursting with happy, healthy, loving PR vibes.

  5. SuSuSusio says:

    She is a champion athlete which makes her very frail appearance all the more of a red light.

    Their marriage, like so many royal marriages, is an arrangement to assure heirs who will keep hold of the fortune and power. When your husband’s security have to hide your passport before the wedding that’s a subtle signal that maybe this isn’t the romance of the century.

    I wish her nothing but well and hope whatever happens, she is able to reconnect with her children and live a happy, healthy life.

    • Chaine says:

      That’s what I was thinking, she was in the Olympics at one point. She used to look so healthy and robust that this sad health event is really striking. Hopefully the fact that she is evidently out and about in her home country again means she is on the way to recovery.

  6. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    She looks gaunt- like 110# at 5’10” gaunt.

  7. It appears her long term illness is an eating disorder which she attempts to hide by wearing loose fitting clothing.

    • myjobistoprincess says:

      I agree. I was thinking depression + some kind of eating disorder – but what do we know. I say 10 bucks she’ll be back in monaco end of october with a buffer of 2 weeks: November 19 is the national day in Moncao. I bet they want her to show up in public on that day.

    • Thirtynine says:

      I don’t think we can diagnose that from photos on the net.

  8. Theothermia says:

    It must be so distressing for an athlete to have such a long illness. I hope she feels better and there is minimal drama with Albert. I still think she looks super cute with the short hair 🙂

  9. Vanessa says:

    Is really sad to see the way she look. Hoping she is safe.

  10. detritus says:

    She looks like my dad when he was on/recovering from chemo for leukaemia. Prednisone does some horrible things to the skin too.

    I just hope she feels better soon. She won’t be back on Monday.

  11. I just can't says:

    She looks cancer stricken to me. Like she’s just endured several rounds of chemo and radiation…

    Or it could be an out if control eating disorder.

    There’s no way she’ll be back in Monaco within the next 2 weeks.

    Having said that, I wish her a speedy, full recovery. She’s probably the only decent role model in her kids lives. It would be so tragic if they were to lose her. Get well soon, princess!

  12. Thirtynine says:

    Yes, get well soon, princess. Thinking of you and wishing you only good things.