Over the years, I’ve heard bits and pieces about what Princess Charlene is like in person. An unnamed source once told me that, in person, Princess Charlene is a beautiful disaster. Like, in person it’s apparently very clear that her face has been sculpted by a surgeon, and that her personality is not very regal or kind. There were rumors of drug and alcohol abuse as well. Charlene returned to Monaco two weeks ago after her months-long stay in South Africa, where she was apparently undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments for the infection. Once she got back to Monaco, she basically disappeared. And now we have some idea of what’s been happening behind-the-scenes: Charlene is still struggling physically and psychologically. Prince Albert told People Magazine that he and the Wittstock family basically did an intervention with her and she’s been sent off to a place that sounds a lot like a rehab facility for drug or alcohol addiction. Some highlights from Albert’s exclusive with People:
Charlene’s treatment: Princess Charlene is receiving treatment in a facility “outside of Monaco,” her husband, Prince Albert, tells PEOPLE exclusively. The decision to seek medical care just days after her return to Monaco was made jointly by the couple, assisted by Charlene’s brothers.
She was clearly unwell when she returned to Monaco: Charlene’s return to Monaco 11 days ago after six months in South Africa “went pretty well in the first few hours, and then it became pretty evident that she was unwell,” says Albert, 63.
It’s not a “marriage crisis” story: “I’m probably going to say this several times, but this has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear. These are not problems within our relationship; not with the relationship between a husband and wife. It’s of a different nature.”
Private matters: Her current state, he says, is the result “of several factors which are private matters… she was clearly exhausted, physically and emotionally. She was overwhelmed and couldn’t face official duties, life in general or even family life. Obviously there were consequences of her different surgeries and the procedures she underwent in the last few months. That certainly was a factor, but at this point I prefer not to comment further. I can say she was suffering incredible fatigue. She hadn’t slept well in a number of days and she wasn’t eating at all well. She has lost a lot of weight, which made her vulnerable to other potential ailments. A cold or the flu or God help us, COVID. Because I know there are rumors out there, let me say: This is not COVID. And it’s not cancer-related. It’s not a personal relationship issue. And if you want to discuss another speculation, it isn’t related to plastic surgery or facial work at all.”
The intervention: Seeking treatment “elsewhere in Europe” was a solution, he says, that the princess already favored. The final decision-making process involved an intervention-style meeting with family members. Following his return from an overnight trip to Dubai last Sunday, the prince recalls, “I sat her down with her brothers and a sister-in-law. She had already made her decision, and we only wanted her to confirm it in front of us. She wanted this. She already knew the best thing to do was to go and have a rest and have a real medically framed treatment. And not in Monaco. For privacy reasons, it would have to be someplace outside of Monaco.” The process “went very well,” he says. “She was very calm and very understanding. She realized herself that she needed help. You can’t force anyone to understand that they need treatment, they have to accept that themselves. She was already in favor of it. We knew that. We only wanted it confirmed in front of us. We wanted to tell her that we love her so much, and that we were there for her, and that the most important aspect for her is her health. That she shouldn’t worry about anything else. That we all love her, that her children love her, and that we only want the best for her.”
She needs privacy: “She needs privacy; as a family we need privacy. She needs time to rest in the best environment possible. Even if we as a family are public figures. When public figures have health issues, they deserve privacy just like any one else. I hope everybody will understand that. Give us the time that we need; give her the time that she needs to heal and get better and be back with her family in Monaco. Charlene never asked to have these problems — but they are there, unfortunately, and we need space and privacy to address them. So I beg everyone to understand that and please leave my family alone for the coming weeks.”
I saw a lot of people talking about how Albert banished her or sent off somewhere, never to be heard from again. I… don’t think that’s what we’re dealing with here, I really don’t. I absolutely believe Albert is capable of shady sh-t, and I believe that he has goons who can “take care of things” before they become public. But I just don’t think that is what’s happening here. The language being used is that of a man who is at his wit’s end with a wife who is struggling with profound mental health issues and likely addiction issues too. Yes, Charlene’s behavior has been so chaotic for so long, I just don’t think we can put the blame on Albert for everything. Now, is he still a d-bag? For sure. But I think he mostly just wants his wife to be a healthy and functional person for the sake of their children. I also believe Charlene’s behavior must have been truly uncomfortable and dysfunctional once she got back to Monaco. Also: I’m shocked that he was so blunt about it NOT being plastic surgery, Covid or divorce-related.
Albert and the kids attended Monaco National Day on Friday. The kids made signs for their mom. He told People that even Jacques and Gabriella know that something is going on with their mom and he promised that he would visit Charlene with the kids at her treatment facility.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid.
This is getting weirder and weirder, and way past the #freebritney territory
Yeah, like Peng Shuai — until these women speak for themselves, I’m not believing anything they say about them
I don’t know these people, but I do know the classic abusive partner strategy — Make your spouse look crazy And nobody will believe anything they say
When I was a lawyer representing women from a shelter, this was one of the “explanations” the partner would give me – she was crazy (mentally ill) or abusing drugs or alcohol and that’s why she was acting this way. But of course, he still loved her in spite of all HER problems. They always thought they could con me the way they had conned everyone else. One guy said there was nothing wrong in the marriage and I became frustrated and said “Well then, why did she take the kids and go to a women’s shelter? Because it was on the bus route?”. After a tough day at court, I would go home and blast “Goodbye, Earl” by the Dixie Chicks.
Yes, I’m very scared for her. This is extremely concerning and extremely shady considering we know she tried to leave before the wedding and was stopped by basically being kidnapped by Albert’s goons.
I thought she was genuinely just sick up until this, but this Albert coming out and her having been put in a facility is a mega red flag.
Now I don’t know if she ever was sick or play acting as part of a plan. I really think Charlene took the opportunity of a visit to South Africa to escape under the guise of sustaining an illness.
I’d bet then Albert’s visit was a ploy by him to “broker a resolution to divorce”. He promised her a divorce, they’d draw it up and everything, and probably told her then they’d finalize it once she was back in Monaco, so she came and he took her again to stop her from leaving again. He probably put her into a psych facility this time knowing he needs a more permanent solution because she’s continued to try to leave.
I only hope to god he’s not forcing her to undergo something like ECT. Which is still legal in many places and can be misused to make people more compliant.
I don’t know. She looked so wildly unhealthy and gaunt in all her photos in SA, and I noticed that she was either holding a bible or a rosary is basically every photo. I think she’s profoundly unwell. In what way? I don’t know.
It can be a a bit of both, she’s being mistreated and the addictions and mental health issues resulted from that. Depression can be one of the many side effects of abuse, I know it was for me and as a previous comment mentioned above yes my abuser called me crazy so no one would believe my experiences of abuse from them
Could be a mental illness like bipolar or something of that nature that requires inpatient care.. maybe it was manageable before but she had a bad episode or things went downhill after her infection surgery.
I feel soo bad for her & the kids! It must be hard not seeing their mom for a while then seeing her looking completely diffrent& unwell.
She was forced into this marriage, so it is no surprise she has mental health issues. As far as the unnamed source is concerned, I wouldn’t be pleasant either, nor would I act regal just to please my captors. And why would anyone believe what Prince Wandering Weiner has to say? He is a controlling manipulator and I worry about her safety now that he is turning the press against her.
Yep, he’s asking for privacy but he’s creating interest by these vague statements. I’ve read nothing about her before, so I only knew she married him and cried on her wedding day. But with all these headlines and her staying in SA for so long, and mysterious health issues, and now this statement – I’m just curious! If they simply said oh, she has X disease or issue, we’d all have moved on by now. I know these things are private, but she’s a public figure and vague statements only spark more interest because they prompt more questions than they give answers.
Personally, this doesn’t feel like a ‘Free Britney’ kind of situation. It feels more like an alleged cocaine addiction which may have caused a deviated septum from excessive use (first surgery) which turned into infections (caused more damage that needed to be fixed) that only contributed more to the health situation. Charlene is in a serious health crisis and cannot handle this on her own and happy to hear that Albert and her family are stepping up to get her help. Hopefully she can turn a corner to accept her mental health issues and addictions so Charlene are return to her life and children. If Charlene chooses to leave Albert after that then so be it.
This sounds awfully sad, whether you believe he shipped her up and locked her away or you believe she’s really in a treatment facility of her own accord it sounds like things are in a bad state for her and she isn’t happy in her life. Which is j just so sad
Spot on, no matter which angle of the story one believes it is a sad story. I also agree with @Greenfingers, the story is just getting weirder and weirder. And no matter what version is true, there were signs of issues early on – as early as the wedding.
I hope she gets helps for whatever ailment she may have and that she heals and finds peace. And I hope Albert will learn to keep his wondering scepter in his pants. The last thing an ailing wife needs is to deal with that kind of doucherey while healing.
Exactly. It’s sad, and whatever the details, I hope the media lays off a little. Maybe the pressure of public life threw some anxiety into overdrive, or maybe life with Albert or just as a royal was intolerable for her. But the schadenfreude that tabloids and public display toward anyone in the public eye is something I wish would evolve a little. It seems people are understanding more about anxiety and depression, and I hope that soon it translates into laying off people before the attention inevitably throws them off balance.
Yes, and being beautiful and privileged doesn’t prevent her from the torments that so many people go through. She’s a tragic figure. I’m not an Albert fan but if she wanted a divorce I think he would give it to her, the children spend a great deal of time away from her as it is.
Whatever is going on, her brothers were involved in this decision. It sounds like she has some serious mental health or addiction issues that they all have been trying to address for a long time. I hope she gets the help she needs
The fact that her brothers are involved jumped out at me, too. As did the fact that she’s “overwhelmed” and cannot face family life in combination with her children holding up homemade signs of support on a balcony in Monaco for all the world to see. It kind of seems like something happened around the kids. This message definitely reeks of addiction intervention, possibly disordered eating and/or mental health issues as well.
As far as I know, Albert is a decent father, but he’s also a major “jerk.” If the situation weren’t so sad, I could definitely enjoy the fact that he ran to People with this after slamming Harry and Meghan for speaking out… As it stands, I hope that Charlene gets the help she needs.
Albert is the one telling People the brothers are involved but again nothing from them directly.
@Nic919, I think if the brothers have enough class, they won’t be speaking to the media. At this point. there only needs to be one narrative while Charlene gets better. Seeing the kids with their signs was nice as it’s so rare to see a monarchy show a bit of heart and vulnerability.
It’s not about class, it’s about letting Albert control the narrative. And we don’t know what she or her family members agreed to. She is an adult woman and not under her parents care so Albert mentioning that her brothers are fine with this makes people believe that everyone is in agreement here. But we have only heard from him.
@ML I think the brothers live off the Prince’s largesse in Monaco. One is the head of Charlene’s charity based in Monaco, iirc,
There were rumors about Princess Charlene having a substance abuse problem before she went to South Africa. I don’t know, I doubt Prince Albert gains anything by keeping Princess Charlene prisoner. He could just divorce her, he has his heir & it’s not like she wouldn’t see her kids again. We don’t live in the dark ages.
These so called royal families, no matter the country always succede in distroying women’s mental health and equilibrium .Sad.
Exactly and well put. No functional, intelligent, independent woman should ever marry a prince. It will destroy you.
It’s sad, but it explains that haircut.
Haha! Mean, but funny!
Albert is the one who said the family was involved but have they said anything directly? We want to be careful here because Albert is the one with all the power and access to the media. Perhaps she does need treatment but we are only hearing from him right now.
And doesn’t Albert control the purse strings here? Employing and housing Charlene’s family in Monaco? How much “say” do they truly have??
Are her brothers the greedy sort? Could Albert be poisoning them against their sister? It’s an awful thought, but it does happen.
@Nic919, I agree 100%. The public should tread very lightly. This is HIS side of the story. We have accounts she tried to flee their wedding. Signs were there from the beginning.
As a wise friend said last night (when discussing an unrelated event): there is my side, your side and what actually happened.
I am not buying what he is selling. And he is trying to sell hard: running to American media and signs (which were in English) (thank you @MissMarirose) – all of which hint to a PR game.
Jan and the financial implications are a major factor. Remember, Meghan was independently wealthy and retained her own lawyer and PR firm who were able to advise her independently from the palace legal team. Most married in women are not in that fortunate position. And Charlene was at the mercy of the royal court for financial reasons.
Charlene’s family basically relies on Albert’s goodwill for their daily bread. Her brothers allegedly being involved doesn’t convince me of anything.
I mean they could be like Tom Markle and would we trust anything he said?
Just because they are her brothers doesn’t mean they are concerned about her well-being. If my brothers were involved in my health decisions, I would be on my death bed. Harsh? Yes. But sadly, it is true.
I can relate. Sad but yes true. I fear most will assume if her brothers were in on this it means they mean well but not necessarily, many of us have toxic relatives
I’m sorry to hear that Meg. I know how difficult it is and my heart goes out to you. I’m sending you hugs and best wishes for a happy life
I tried to find more information but it’s not easily out there, however there was some mention of a French article suggesting she had unpredictable moods – could she perhaps be suffering from some mental issues, like bipolar, or…? Definitely not easy being a public figure, I wish we didn’t know anything rather than watch a person unravel in a public forum.
It sounds like Charlene went into drug withdrawal when she got back to Monaco and the Palace found out she had a drug problem. Maybe the drawn out medical problems in S. Africa and all her plastic surgery were a way to get painkillers (like Michael Jackson). Assuming she some anorexia and body image issues as well, she’s probably had troubles for years.
Poor Charlene. This must be so difficult on the kids, too. Hell, I even feel kinda bad for Albert, which I didn’t think was possible.
My thoughts exactly. Well said.
He mentioned that there were consequences or issues relating to her many medical procedures. I can imagine someone very easily becoming addicted to pain medication they might receive after multiple surgeries, especially if that someone has a history of addiction or substance abuse.
My first thought was pain killers due to whatever was wrong with her health earlier this year. However, why don’t they just say that? People would be sympathetic
Extended hospital stays/illness do trigger a lot of pre existing emotional problems. Their relationship seems to be of two resigned people. I think they were in love at some point. Albert is said to be charming and there is allure in being royal I suppose. Charlene is a former Olympian,.which is a stressful occupation with occupational hazards to boot…
What I think it happened: Albert knew it was time to settle down with a white woman and Charlene overestinated their relationship. By the time they married it was actually over, but he forced her to try. Children just made things more difficult and Albert saw Charlene could not do the job abd they agreed on a separation and hoped for the best of for her to fall prey to coping mechanisms. Her health deteriorated and it just kept getting worse and worse. They probably did not try and find help with fear of leaking.
But now it does seem wharcsf is happening to her is threatening her life a d this interview with People is not Albert using coded language to cover her banishment but actually him getting ahead and telling the world to drop the subject.
I’m not saying that she doesn’t have troubles but the fact that he’s actually speaking to People about this and has got the children holding up signs in public says to me that this is all part of a very deliberate plan to get public sentiment on his side before he either divorces or gets her sectioned and then keeps the kids from her. This seems very Tom Cruise to me in that he’s trying to poison the kids against her so even if he doesn’t physically keep them apart he ruins their relationship.
@Becca, the signs held by the kids just seems so odd. That is the one fact of that event that just doesn’t sit well with me.
especially since the signs are in English instead of French.
Saaaaaame. I saw that and my blood went cold.
I was buying what he was selling until that, and I’m not an easy sell when it comes to men possibly abusing their wives.
I think so too, Seraphina I can’t fathom what would be the purpose in such a crude public display like that if you’re begging for privacy? They can’t send a card? It seems aimed at the public rather than Charlene. I can’t imagine the kids thought of that themselves.
@MissMarirose, that fact completely escaped me! And yes to what you all wrote. It seems so out of place to put on that display. Blood running cold is exactly what that does to me too.
It’s my understanding Charlene has never learned much French.
Yeah what @Dilenttante says. Charlene, for all her time in Monaco (she lived there for years before they got married) never learnt Monaesque (the local tongue) and only started to learn French on the eve of their marriage (when they had to give an interview). So I can see her (and Albert) speaking to their children in English, and the children learning French and Monaesque from their wider associations.
He asks for privacy, yet runs to People, an AMERICA publication , has kids put out signs, in English, as Miss Marirose posted above, which is hardly a “private” thing to do. He IS up to something. I posted yesterday that I think he’s trying to get her sanctioned somewhere, like a 5150 (as a danger to herself or others), and is playing on PUBLIC “sympathy” to be on his side.
Somehow, I think she’ll be “away” for quite a while, and then pastured out to a “quiet countryside” estate to “rest” (under the watchful eye of caretakers chosen by Albert).
This is just giving me a creepy feeling. Something is verrrrry fishy about this whole thing.
I thought she didn’t speak French?
I honestly think that if Charlene was capable of doing the bare minimum as a royal and a mother, there wouldn’t be an issue. But Charlene has looked physically unwell, so I think something is wrong with her…not something Albert is doing to her.
This feels like Albert trying to get ahead of the PR speculation by providing a clear statement to end any questions about their marriage and her role as a mother. He might just be tired of dodging the questions and want to handle this head-on.
But it also makes way for Charlene to lead a more private life in the future…so it may be the best move for her health.
We’ll never see her again. Also, why People? Is he afraid the American tabloids will catch on?
Even if she doesn’t speak French, does anyone think she’s watching from the rehab? You ask for privacy and then put her business on blast to People and have the kids write private sentiments to be made public when it’s easier and privacy preserving to have those given to her?
I was really turned off by the kids signs, thought it was really manipulative. I feel sorry for Charlene because it’s obvious she’s been miserable for years. Who knows if it was ever addressed before in the past. Albert, I don’t know. Yes he’s personally upset his family is going through a crises and I really feel bad for the children. Also, they are a public family so of course he is thinking about the optics and how this plays out internationally, which is why he is talking to an American magazine, not a French publication. I still remember him shading Prince Harry about discussing some of the problems he and Meghan faced, and now here he is spilling it all in People, with special emphasis that there is nothing wrong with the marriage. He married her for her blonde Princess Grace looks, but they never seemed particularly at ease with each other, and the power imbalance is so obvious. I hope this woman gets the help she needs and heals, but at some point, if it is better to let her leave, they should.
100% this. He is gaslighting her so that when he banishes her or she somehow gets to leave on her own free will, she will never see her kids again. Also — and I hope this isn’t true — if something worse were to happen to her, he can just claim substance abuse issues and get away with it.
The balcony stunt is almost as gross as William and Harry being forced to walk behind Diana’s coffin — it uses the children as PR pawns in an effort to salvage the family’s image. I hate these people.
Yes, it’s very odd
This is basically what I thought was going on based on Charlene’s history. It can’t be easy for her or the family to have to address this publicly. The good thing is that I’m sure she has access to the best treatment centers in Europe I would think Switzerland would be a good option–high quality treatment centers that are also discreet.
Wasn’t he the same clown saying that the Sussexes should air out family laundry???
My, my, how the table turns… Can’t wait to hear Charlene’s side of the story…..
Exactly what I was thinking. Why is he airing Charlene’s private business?
I thought this too after criticising M and H, Albert has no compunction about making his own wife’s health issues public. I suspect both He and William believe Henry the eighth approach to wives was better.
I don’t understand why Albert gave an interview rattling off things it isn’t and then still not saying what it is. I completely understand that Charlene deserves privacy which is why I don’t think he should have done this. The initial statement that she needs rest was fine and by doing this, Albert has just fuelled more speculation and people will ramp up on the drug/alcohol abuse rumours even more when before, people had a whole list of things to speculate on so a “theory” didn’t gain that much legs so to speak (if I’m wording this right).
And those signs made me look away. I have no doubt that her kids miss her a lot but they didn’t need to make those signs nor did we the public need to see them. They could have easily made cards and sent them to Charlene privately. It reminds me of those “Granny Diana” cards William released – too personal for the public. The kids can make whatever they want but there are some things that really shouldn’t be public consumption and these signs/those cards are an example.
It seemed all too familiar to me, a way of denigrating her publicly while appearing to defend her. No one who’s been a public figure their whole life is that naive.
Still I was dubiously buying it until those signs. That is creepy af
Very passively aggressively offering her support while humiliating her. Sounds just like Albert.
I agree 100%. Beyond the initial statement that she needed rest, nothing more needed to be said. But now he’s implying she has drug addiction issues, which will condemn her in the minds of many. Or he’s implying that her mental health is out of control and she’s unstable. There is no reason why she can’t be dealing with the media directly and the fact that he went to People and made the kids do those weird signs really has red flags all over. Charlene still has some agency here and he’s trying to remove it.
@ Sofia, I agree! Albert is quite the hypocrite when it comes to dishing out criticism to other royals but not in himself. I am certain that Albert hopes that Charlene makes a full recovery so that she can be by his side to carry on as the dutiful wife. Albert using their children is an ugly card to play. Albert is discussing his wife’s current health situation whereas he should be keeping his trap closed. He is such a vile man.
I hope that Charlene heals beautifully and I’d able to find the help and healing that she needs. She deserves so much more than that! May Charlene heal, gain her strength and find true happiness for herself!!
Those poor kids.
Isn’t this the same guy critical of H and M going on Oprah to talk about their experiences but meanwhile he’s talking to People about what his wife is going through?
Why can’t any of this be coming from her directly? She may be going through something that requires treatment, but it doesn’t mean she could not release a brief statement herself. This is Albert trying to control the narrative the way he wants.
Also someone at KP should be paying attention closely as to how this is playing out because it could be a blueprint for her if someone decides he doesn’t want to deal with her anymore.
Looking back, maybe Prince Albert’s statement against the Sussexes “airing their dirty laundry” was really a warning to and against Charlene. I mean, the Sussexes got out of a less than ideal royal family situation and Lord knows Charlene has been trying to escape since before her wedding. I think that was Albert publically trying to say to her,”Don’t you dare even think you can try something like this.” And it was around this time that she kind of disappeared because of her “ear problems,” wasn’t it?
Someone posted from her IG account “breaking her silence ” when in fact it obviously was someone that posted it.. The post was a video of their anthem in honor of National Day with no verbiage. Clearly he authorized someone to post it and it didn’t come from her directly.
@Nic919, very valid points. When he spoke out about the interview (H&M’s) I found it odd he would be vocal about it. Why get himself on record but now it makes sense.
I too thought that BaRF should play close attention. Learn from others so to say. But I think the BaRF thinks themselves above Monaco’s RF.
This story, taking place in 2021, just shows how easily the rich and powerful can silence what they want and re-write the narrative.
Meghan did say they took her passport and how many people didn’t want to believe her when she said that. And if they can do it to Meghan, who had more agency and independence than most, and a husband not out to get her, then what can they do to someone like Charlene who is now being branded as unstable.
All of Europe’s aristocracy think themselves above Monaco’s RF.
Prince Albert was so quick to dismiss the Oprah interview saying that Harry and Meghan should air their dirty laundry like that to the public sphere and look how the tables have turned with him speaking exclusively to media outlets, airing the dirty laundry of his wife. Royals are such hypocrites!
Reading his statement, I’m in agreement with you, Kaiser. I don’t think this is a case of him getting rid of her, so much as the family saw she was struggling, she realized she was struggling and they decided to get her help. Wishing her nothing but good vibes and hope she’s able to return to her kids healthier and stronger.
Staging the kids on the balcony with signs was a low blow. I don’t believe anything he says. Recent pics of them together give off hostage vibes big time.
I don’t trust a word out of this man’s mouth.
This is the same man who took her passport before their wedding so she was forced to go through with it. I will never forget that video of her sobbing in her wedding dress.
Wasn’t Princess Grace supposedly an alcoholic? More and more evidence is piling up that being royalty, especially when you are just married-in royalty isn’t remotely worth it.
Grace had had lovers in Hollywood before she met Rainier–apparently more than a few. Everyone drank a lot in Hollywood then. QEII typically had 5-6 drinks per day, starting at lunchtime. I’m sure Grace found Monaco to be a gilded cage, and she was probably terribly unhappy for most of her life there.
What does her having multiple lovers have to do with it?
I agree she could be having a mental breakdown and is in a treatment facility for that. I Don’t think it’s just substance abuse. I just went through a really rough time mentally and voluntarily checked into a facility because I was having suicidal thoughts that were terrifying. Yes many times substance abuse can go hand in hand with mental illness but I think there’s a heck of a lot more to this story. I think they were trying to cover up that she was mentally unwell with this six month sinus infection story.
Mental illness is a pain in the ass, is not something that just disappears and that a lot of us live with and get treatment for. I hope she’ll Get the help she needs.
@Sue, I wish you all the strength in the world with your recovery. I’m glad you were able to recognize that you needed help and were brave enough to accept it. Good luck and lots of hugs!!
@ML and Jaded – Thank you! I received good treatment at the hospital and thank God they got me on meds that work for me. Doing so much better now!
So people who don’t accept ‘help’ are cowards? Most mental health ‘help’ is not helpful at all and many times, cause more damage. Please stop ascribing judgment to whether people accept ‘help’ or not.
@other Sue, that’s not what ML meant at all and I’m sorry for whatever you’re going through that triggered that thought. It was a personal message to me. It’s true that it’s not easy accepting help or even saying out loud that you need it. I had needed it for weeks and I was only able to finally say something And reach out when I was well past my breaking point.
Wishing you all the best for a healthy future Sue — sending virtual hugs!
I agree with you. I’m bipolar and when I “totally lost my shit” I spent 3 months in the psych ward at UCLA and then another 9 months at a residential treatment facility. And I have no addiction issues.
@sparky – hugs to you and sending good vibes!!
Best of things to you @Sue. A close friend did the same thing and acknowledging it to themselves helped them a lot and appreciated they could be self aware. Hugs.
@Sue E Generis, why so salty? No one brought up the word ‘coward’, except for you.
Glad you are doing better sending you best wishes
Thank you Demi!
Oh so he wants privacy and no one speculating about what’s going on or having an opinion but he had no problems with giving his opinion about Harry and Meghan. If he wants privacy, them maybe don’t talk to people magazine Albert you hypocrite.
I am not feeling sorry for him at all but I do wish her better and I hope the children are well okay .
I’ll say this is almost entirely Albert’s fault. Charlene attempted to flee him twice before. The world she lives in now because Albert kept her captive by taking her passport and sending his “goons” after her at the boarder means this is on him.
Exactly. This woman’s been a hostage in a gilded cage for a long time. I’d also put money on Albert threatening her with never seeing her children again if she tried to divorce or leave.
Sounds like she’s gone to rehab. I think some of blame can be put on Albert because he forced her to marry him in the first place. I thought making the children hold signs at the National Day ceremony was weird. He talks about privacy and then does that. There’s a lot more to this story than what is being said. I wonder if Albert promised Charlene if she could leave the marriage after 10 years and then reneged on that promise. No doubt when he went on the BBC to chastise Harry and Meghan about talking to Oprah he was sending a warning to Charlene to keep her mouth shut.
This doesn’t sound right at all. It’s the language he used for me. She may be dealing with substance abuse as well as mental issues, but it just looks like he’s pushing a narrative and using the children to further that narrative..
Possibly some of this involves Gaslighting on his part.
Marrying him was a huge mistake. He has no redeeming qualities. So many kids from previous relationships that he ignores/won’t acknowledge. She seems to be at an all time low. Hoping she can recover completely and move on.
Given how many surgeries she’s had in the last several months it’s not inconceivable for Charlene to be suffering from an addiction to painkillers. I really hope that she is able to get healing for whatever issues she’s suffering with and is able to come back to her family stronger and happier then ever.
This is so bizarre. It remembers such families that would lobotomize the unwanted members like the Kennedys. I hope she is well and is not suffering any kind of mental or physical abuse. Her family seems like the Britney ones, and other lots families of abused an mind controlled victims, they basically sold her.
I hope Albert is saying the truth
After what happened to Britney Spears, I wouldn’t put anything past them. Charlene has been going through some things and she looks like she is wasting away.
Several years ago I read (I think on CDAN?) that Charlene was the host of a fundraising gala. When she arrived, she was already drunk and was rude to everyone. This story seemed to track along with the other bits and pieces I would read about her—a generally unhappy person who self medicated with alcohol to ease her misery. Of course, this is all pure speculation, but even if you boil all the gossip about her down and add in her own family’s agreement that Charlene needs help, then yeah. It sounds like rehab or mental health facility is needed to help her recover.
It could also be false news spread about her. This was done to Diana a lot, with false stories about her. It’s gaslighting.
I would take that with a boulder of salt, CDAN often reported about how messed up and difficult certain actresses were, lots of sources and stories. Then the Harvey Weinstein story was exposed and those same actresses were named as having their reputations wrecked and careered sunk because they told Weinstein “no”.
Thank you Kaiser for sharing what you’ve heard over the years. My initial thoughts on all of this was something smelled fishy. Was worried it was Albert gaslighting. This article makes a good point…the real story could be more benign. If she is indeed struggling with substance abuse problems and anorexia and/or mental health issues…I see similarities in my own family.
I’m the stepmother to a now almost grown son. My husband has had full custody since he was 18 mos. The birth mom has been in and out of my sons life the whole time. She’s sadly mentally ill, anorexic, alcoholic and drug addict. On the surface, looking at her you’d never know the demons she is fighting or the hell she’s put her parents, my husband and son through.
Whatever is going on I hope Charlene and kids and Albert can find peace.
Is there valid reason to suspect she was admitted to a facility to battle substance abuse? I had assumed she was battling an eating disorder or had some other physical health issue. I suppose it is likely a combination.
Her family being in on it doesn’t mean they have her best interest at heart. Ex: Britney Spears and Meghan Markle
Albert was criticizing Harry and Meghan only to do the same thing about his wife. Albert has to be bffs with someone at PEOPLE mag every other month they got an interview with him. Him getting the kids to hold up those signs and his interview is him setting up a narrative. The kids could’ve told their mother they missed her in a phone call.
I’ve been waiting for this post since it first hit the news a couple of days ago.
It’s all so incredibly bizarre. I have no idea what to believe, but my sense is that Charlene is currently actively suicidal and there was perhaps a rather serious attempt shortly after she arrived in Monaco. I don’t know if there’s an addiction issue as well, but it wouldn’t be surprising.
It does seem clear that Charlene is desperately unhappy, and terribly unwell both physically and mentally.
I think her extended absence from Monaco was in part related to her ENT issues, but was also a negotiated leave of absence to try and “fix” her mental health crisis with a change of scenery (as well as renegotiate her marriage contract).
I hope where’ve she’s been sent off to, that she’s getting the help she needs. I seriously doubt we will ever see her again as an active Royal.
I don’t think Charlene was cut out to be a public person. I’ve thought this ever since we saw her uncomfortable body language at their wedding. You’re right, you do get an overwhelming feeling that this woman is unhappy.
I did a very basic internet search and apparently there was a study in 2019 suggesting a link between chronic rhinosinusitis and a higher risk of depression and anxiety. So it does seem (sort of) plausible that she did get treatment for (possible) ENT issues in hopes of helping her chronic depression. Given her successful career as a professional swimmer, it’s not totally implausible that she had multiple bouts of sinusitis (swimmer’s sinusitis). Maybe Albert was hoping ENT procedures would “cure” her depression.
Albert does not seem to me like a person who has progressive views on mental health and expected Charlene to just somehow tough through it and get better. Turning to a surgical procedure seems in line with the old ways of thinking that mental health issues can be blamed on something tangibly physical, instead of the miserable conditions of her life and braim chemistry. I agree that coming back to Monaco, it must have triggered Charlene so badly she did something, or attempted something, extremely drastic and this is Albert giving in and finally acknowledging that she needs help (never mind that he seems almost maliciously blind to the circumstances that led to her getting to this point in the first place).
Either way, Albert painted himself in a corner, given his reputation of cutting out inconvenient people in his life. He had to say something before Charlene went to a recovery facility or thetr would be rampant speculation— this is not the time to try to disappear high profile women, nor does it look good if it comes out that she’s been suicidal for years and they refused to give her the help she needed.
I think HE thinks he’s doing right by Charlene and the story of Meghan’s mental health struggled hit waaay too close to home. It doesn’t change the fact that he trampled all over Charlene for years and this is his “look at me, so supportive” tour. I really think in this case, he’s buying the bullshit he’s selling.
I don’t think he’s a nice person, he had several “love children” that he largely ignored. And he needed heirs because then his nephew would be next in line and he did not want that.
@Tessa— completely concur that he’s not a nice person; I would go as far as to say that he’s not a good person either. But if there’s anything we’ve learned about royals these past few years, it’s that they have the power to create a bubble of self delusion that constantly feeds their entitlement, sense of self importance, selfishness, and vehement denial of anything that may distrub that comfortable bubble.
So I think Albert genuinely buys into his warped world of royal bullsh-t he’s peddlimg to the press and he thinks he’s being a good, supportive husband.
I’m not saying we should buy what he’s selling. After all, the most convincing lies come from people who really believe them.
Also, I realize I may not have been clear. I meant to say that we know Charlene was in SA for a long period of time for alleged ENT surgery, and the story, along with her extended absence, never seemed to add up. I don’t mean to say that I believe the source of Charlene’s depression was chronic sinusitis. Maybe it was a contributing factor, who knows. But from Albert or his advisor’s perspective, it’s possible they latched onto this as some kind of “cure” for her mental health, rather than doing what they should have done from the beginning: giving her appropriate access and therapy to help improve her mental health and quality of life. If that meant divorce, then Albert should have let het divorce him.
I think it was a “business arrangement,” his needing legitimate heirs and all that. I don’t think she loves him and it might be that she dislikes him a lot now.
It’s sounds more ED than substance abuse.
I agree. Mental health issues with an ED.
ED and substance abuse often go hand in hand – I have seen it in my own family and in a close friend.
This creeps me out
So he lured her back to Monaco only to have her locked away.
Wonder if Mr. Rochester has kept her in the attic.
This is all very sad indeed.
I agree with this. He can be shady but maybe he is being brutally honest and is at his wits end. If her family is involved as well, that says it’s not just him shipping her away. She is clearly unwell and rumors have been circulating for months. Personally I thought it was cancer and her appearance was chemo related but not the case. People will criticize him however he handles it and I think honestly is better than dancing around the issues and playing pr games at this point. I hope she gets the help she needs, especially for her kids.
So it is possible for a member of a European royal family to go to a facility to get help for their mental health issues.
Not in the UK apparently. Mustn’t let the royals look bad.
My thoughts: I think Charlene’s issues had Albert trying to get her treatment and she fled to Africa to avoid it. That was the real reason she was there so long.
I think she stayed so long Albert gave in and agreed not to send her, so she went back. Only when she did, she found herself in this intervention and he had her sent anyway.
Albert, not Alfred.
Fixed. IDK how I made that mistake.
I cannot help but think this is what might have happened to DIana.
Something sounds very fishy about all of this – especially the part where he says her family flew in just for her to confirm to them she wanted treatment. She just saw her family less than 2 weeks ago- they would have seen her looking unwell, talked to her, and had their concerns about her health, so why would they then fly in just to hear her say *she* was seeking treatment of her own volition.
And why would her condition flare worse in Monaco if Albert/his family weren’t the problem? That is a marriage issue, imho, if he chooses to defend his family and Monaco over her.
#freeCharlene – she should be able to live where she wants, seek the treatment she wants, and take as much time as she needs to heal, without pressure to get better on a royal timeline.
A French magazine ran a story saying that Charlene was addicted to meds and was being treated in SA…
Maybe this is why he made the interview (and probably to get a little sympathy too…). Plus, it was Monaco’s National Day so everybody would have spoken about Charlene…
I guarantee if she hadn’t married into that family she’d be OK. Just look at what happened to Meghan — passport and car keys taken away, not able to meet up with friends for a simple lunch, all communication monitored, she became suicidal because of the prison-like environment. It’s too sad what some of these effin’ royal families do to the married-in women, treating them like nothing better than clothes horses and brood mares. It’s clear Charlene was suffering from multiple issues — physical and mental — that were exacerbated by that insufferable douche-bag of a husband. I wish her a speedy recovery and peace of mind.
Remember how she was crying on her wedding day? Certainly not tears of joy…
She looked miserable and has been for at least 10 years…
Who wouldn’t with such a husband??
I’m sure she has some issues and preparing for his rancid tail to get justice for what HE has done with his perverted self, is another nail in the coffin. Its alot.
Of course at first I thought this was a way to keep her from some new love she found while she was gone and to stop her from leaving him, he chose to send her away.
I don’t know what to believe at this point but the kids and those signs are weird and bizarre as heck. I do not trust him as far as I can throw him. Can her brothers be bought off??
Any update on Albert applying for sovereign immunity to avoid that paternity court case that is pending? Ya know seeing as he’s in a chatty mood and all.
A more cynical type would think that he’s using his wife’s illness to distract from his own shenanigans, but I can’t imagine any royal acting that manipulative, cough.
Charlene apparently had to learn French and the Monagasque dialect. That’s tough and I wonder if she’s learned very little. It would explain the signs her kids held being in English. A language barrier might bring on feelings of isolation as well. She could have feelings of paranoia like people are talking in another language about her.
Honestly, even if she’d learned only the bare minimum, those sentences would be easy enough to understand. They’re short, present tense, basic in every way.
But whatever language they’re in, it is very odd to have posed the kids on a balcony with them. That makes them irredeemably weird and shady to me.
She may also have tried, but have a learning disability that makes language acquisition difficult. My college had a really strict foreign language requirement, and the administration made it really difficult to get an exemption. At the time, dyslexia and other issues were much less well known and there was little accommodation.
I had several friends with auditory dyslexia who struggled mightily with the requirement. They were able to compensate for their disability in other classes, but not in foreign languages. My boyfriend grew up in Louisiana with a grandmother whose first language was Creole French — and he still couldn’t pass a French I class. Another friend tried several languages, including German, which was her mother’s native language. The German professor told her that she couldn’t pass his class because she was sublimating a hatred of her mother…. My school eventually got with the ticket and now offers American Sign Language as an option to fulfill the language requirement.
They have been married for 10 years. Her contract is up. She asked to be let go accordingly, he changed the rules and pulled the rug out from under her. IMO this is what contributed to her breakdown, with depression and possibly substance abuse as contributing factors.
@Rapunzel i agree—i don’t think the signs in English is unusual. Since Charlene had issues learning French, she most likely used English around them and that’s what they converse in.
Anyhow I wish a full recovery for Charlene.
Whatever is going on it was brutally obvious in the SA pictures that she truly unwell. It looked like she could barely stand.
It’s probably not just one thing but «intervention» points to an addiction or ED. I imagine that she was very fragile and then had a total breakdown once back in Monaco.
1. My Dutch husband and I are raising our kids bilingual, so almost all communication between my children and I is in English. I think it’s normal that Jacques and Gabriella wrote to their Mom in their mother’s language. That is not cause for concern, and it says nothing about Charlene’s ability or lack thereof in French or any other language.
2. Take this with a huge grain of salt, as I have no idea how accurate any of this is:
Dutch/ Flemish gossip sites are quoting a French publication/ website called Voici saying that Charlene went to South Africa to rehab in a villa that was rebuilt for that purpose (ie, the villa was made into her own personal rehab center). She’s supposedly been addicted to sleeping pills/ sedatives for the last 8 years according to these sites. Supposedly she’s taken a cocktail of 3 meds, one of which is an opioid, so she can sleep for years. They also believe that Charlene is now rehabbing in Switzerland. Further the Brazilian woman who’s accused Albert of fathering her child is no longer using the media to do so, and the Dutch websites suspect that she’s been bought off.
Interesting how he’s saying, while a public figure, she needs privacy, but no one is going to beat them over the head for saying that, and she deserves privacy. However, we all know how “ privacy” is weaponized for other people, to the point that it’s questioned and discredited. Switching gears,apart from the Grimaldis, most outsiders have no idea how the Principality of Monaco is run. Does it have an elected municipal government, does Albert have executive power and has the final say?
It is a constitutional monarchy, but as far as I know, it is run almost as an absolute monarchy, or better, a company run by its sole owner with some advisors, as it is so tiny.
Regardless of her issues or how “at his wit’s end” he may be – his public comments and the signs from the children are wholly inappropriate and an exceedingly low blow to her, very obviously an attempted “power move” by him. He all but told us what her alleged issues ARE by simply naming everything they AREN’T.
Maybe her issue is substance abuse and/or mental health. What better way to help and support her than airing this very personal situation, throwing in details about an “intervention” to the world while having her children get in on it too? Whether he meant to or not (oh, I’m sure he did) he’s publicly humiliated his wife. My belief is that this humiliation is an attempt to keep her in her place. I’m actually surprised to see so many on here cape for him in what is an obviously ill-advised airing of her very personal issues, whatever they may be (and I’m certainly not jumping to conclusions based on his word alone).
100% agree. Until I hear Charlene’s take on this, I don’t believe a thing. This whole situation is off.
Whatever is going on, I wish her health, safety and peace.
Tbh this is the first explanation I can get behind. He definitely is a dbag but it explains the weird pictures and her state generally. I think Albert is actually disgusted at this point. Now his posture in pictures makes sense and even how he explains it. Yeap. It all makes sense now
Charlene and Albert should keep the kids out of their drama, a drama I’m beginning to think is completely misunderstood by the public, and maybe intentionally. Their children are being used as pawns – disgusting!
I don’t know what it is, but something about all of this just seems really off. Creepy. At any rate, wish her and her children well.
Serious ENT issues due to a drug problem such as snorting cocaine? That can cause severe sinus and nasal problems over time. Throw in a bunch of pain killers from all the surgeries and she may have come back with an opioid addiction also. Or she said she was getting sober in SA and came back in worse shape.
I don’t know what is going on with Charlene, but I feel so damn sorry for those kids. And if Albert wanted privacy as a family, he didn’t have to say anything at all. He could have let her just seek treatment in peace and let the public think what they like about her choice to be out of public view. Really not a classy move — pure self-serving PR.
I dont know why but I thought something was wrong since last year’s holiday photos, from the bookstore? She just looked lost amd manic in the eyes and spirit. When they 1st mentioned this ENT thing my mind flited to damage from extreme drug use. Now the data is coming out that addictions and drug incidents have drastically and dramatically increased since quarantine began and this isn’t a stretch. I just hope those babies are good.
I believe she was really sick.
So I was fully willing to believe she went to a facility because they were scared she was going to die without more-serious medical help.
But the wording of this makes me wonder if she got a painkiller addiction as a side effect of all the surgeries.