Princess Charlene will avoid public duties as she convalesces in a ‘secret location’


Princess Charlene finally returned to Monaco last week, about eight days ago. She wore a mask in all of the photos of her arrival, at the airport in Nice and in the staged photos at the Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo. I get the impression that there are still some medical issues which are visible on Charlene’s face, like swelling or bruising from her multiple operations in South Africa. While she was cleared for travel, she’s still recovering from her ENT infection and all of those surgeries, so this isn’t a surprise: the palace announced that Charlene would not attend Monaco’s National Day events, nor would she be making any public appearances in general for a while.

Monaco’s Princess Charlene will rest for several weeks and avoid public duties, including the principality’s national day celebrations, while she recovers from ill health, the Monaco royal palace said on Tuesday. The palace said Charlene, a former Olympian, would convalesce in a secret location and that she would only resume her public duties once her health allowed it.

“A period of calm and rest is necessary to ensure the very best recovery for Princess Charlene’s health,” the palace said. “Having battled with poor health over the past few months, the Princess is currently convalescing and will continue to do so for the coming weeks.”

Charlene, who married Monaco’s ruler Prince Albert in 2011 in a lavish ceremony, returned to Monaco earlier this month after spending much of the year in her homeland South Africa. Her stay in South Africa sparked speculation about a potential rift inside the royal couple – a claim the family denied.

The palace said the princess needed time to recover from a “state of profound general fatigue.”

Monaco’s national holiday is on Nov. 19 though events to mark the celebration commence three days earlier.

[From Reuters]

The thing about this is that no one was expecting her to do much anyway? I think we know by now that she’s been battling a huge health drama and while Albert promised that Charlene would be back by Monaco’s National Day, he didn’t say that he expected her to do anything. Even before her ENT infection, she barely showed up for anything other than a handful of bigger events in Monaco. All that being said, the palace telling the world that Charlene is convalescing in a “secret location” is pretty funny/odd/crazy. Still, at least Albert is controlling the information around Charlene now. Lordy.

Prince Albert was seen today in Monte Carlo: he delivered Christmas packages to the Red Cross.

Prince Albert II of Monaco delivers Red Cross parcels in person to the Prince's Palace


Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Instagram.

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  1. Nashville Girl says:

    Repurposed insemination chamber?

  2. MCV says:

    This situation is so weird…

    • Erin says:

      So weird. We aren’t blind and she’s clearly ill so I don’t understand why they just don’t come out and say exactly what’s going on. And even if there isn’t anything more than this ENT infection or Charlene has expressed that she doesn’t want to disclose what’s going on they’ve made it all seem like there is something else going on.

  3. ThatsNotOkay says:

    COVID is an ENT that progresses to the lungs (and is possibly a blood disorder too). She couldn’t travel by air or sea due to travel restrictions, and her fatigue and appearance indicate long COVID. Guess the Regeneron didn’t work for her. As it hasn’t helped the Queen. Wear masks and vaccinate, people!


    • Kaz says:

      I don’t think that’s it. Fatigue can indicate a number of conditions, not just Covid. And why would they not just say she had Covid if that was it?

      • goofpuff says:

        People can be weird about that. I mean look how long it took for the royal family to say that William had COVID.

  4. Nick G says:

    Another website is saying she’s emaciated not because of the illness but because she’s so distressed she had to return she stopped eating, it was all she could control. Sacrificing your happiness and freedom to be able to live with your children could lead to anorexia or bulimia, as we’ve seen before. Really glad I never had the opportunity to marry a prince.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    If they’re in a loving relationship why would she have to convalesce in a secret location? This is further confirmation that all is not well in this marriage.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Yes, I don’t get why they had to add the word Secret in the announcement. why the cloak and dagger affair?

  6. Lexistential says:

    This situation gets weirder and more sinister by day. Anyone else think Charlene will never have freedom again?

  7. smee says:

    Secret location? Apartment over a chocolate shop, maybe? Never allowed to leave, I imagine….

  8. Julia K says:

    There must be some very good reason for the secrecy. Would the truth adversely affect Albert? An impaired immune system allowing an infection to flourish? What are the handful of diseases that could cause this? Hoping for her safe recovery.

  9. Happy Camper says:

    The phrasing of the “secret location” is weird, but a need for Charlene to be isolated is not necessarily eyebrow-raising. She may be immunocompromosed and have a medical need to stay quarantined. Living in a palace involves exposure to all kinds of staff who maintain it, and to their germs.