For months while Princess Charlene was in South Africa, I often questioned whether the “ENT infection” was merely a cover story. As the months went on and Charlene continued to have operations and continued to post photos where she looked visibly ill, my conspiracies kind of died down. I believe she was very sick and is possibly still struggling with some significant physical ailment. Albert spoke bluntly about what this is NOT: it’s not cancer, it’s not Covid, it’s not an impending divorce, it’s not plastic surgery. Albert did tell People that Charlene had lost a lot of weight, which was clear even though she’s been masking her body in baggy clothes and layers for a while. Now sources tell Page Six that Charlene hasn’t eaten solid foods in months and Charlene’s current stay in a treatment facility is mostly about the extreme weight loss from her medical drama.
Princess Charlene of Monaco “almost died” in South Africa after undergoing multiple surgeries and losing a worrying amount of weight, sources exclusively told Page Six.
Friends are concerned that the Monaco royal family has been underplaying the seriousness of her condition after Prince Albert gave an interview last week claiming she had gone into rehab upon her return to the principality.
“It is unfair that she is being portrayed as having some kind of mental or emotional issue,” one source said. “We don’t know why the palace is downplaying that she almost died in South Africa.”
The source noted that Princess Charlene, 43, had a severe ear, nose and throat infection, which resulted in “severe sinus and swallowing issues stemming back from an earlier surgery.”
“She has not been able to eat solid food in over six months because of all the surgeries she has since gone through,” the source said. “She has only been able to take in liquids through a straw, so she lost nearly half her body weight.”
According to our source, Princess Charlene is “definitely not losing her mind, or suffering from severe mental health issues. She is exhausted by six months of surgeries and an inability to eat properly as a result of it. And she desperately missed her children and her husband while she was stuck in South Africa, because she couldn’t travel home.”
“She lost nearly half her body weight” - holy sh-t. Well, if she was taken to a treatment facility to genuinely recover from her medical ordeal, surely Albert should have just said that plainly? Like, I get the “medical privacy” argument, but his squirreliness about it has led people to accuse him of banishing his wife from Monaco and gaslighting her about her mental health or whatever. And clearly, if she hasn’t been able to eat solid food and she’s lost half of her body weight, that would also lead to significant mental health issues too. What a complete sh-t show this is. I hope Charlene is at a real medical treatment facility capable of helping her.
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