Princess Charlene is still in a treatment facility, somewhere in Europe. My guess would be Switzerland – I think if she was in France, French gossips would have figured that out by now. But no one should go looking for her. Prince Albert made another comment this week about his wife and her treatment, telling Paris Match: “She needs peace, rest, tranquillity, and appeasement. Everyone needs to understand that. I say it kindly: leave her alone, leave us alone for a while. The princess is not suffering from any serious or incurable disease. It is the consequence of all the operations she has undergone over the last few months.” Okay. It’s been months and I’m all out of theories about what’s really happening here. Meanwhile, there are some excerpts from Tatler’s cover story about Charlene and what she’s really like:
Charlene knows what she’s doing? One source rubbished any public perception that Charlene is ‘naive’ and trapped in an unhappy marriage with Albert, saying: ‘I don’t for one second think she did not know what she was doing when she married him.’
What she was like as a swimmer: Fellow swimmers who trained with Charlene in South Africa in the noughties remembered her as ambitious, laser-focused and dedicated to the sport. They said Charlene would spend her time practicing when other children would be playing, and could be ‘hard on herself’ when she did not perform well.
Charlene won’t be controlled: ‘Charlene is no Princess Di.’ one said. ‘She may come across as being extremely naïve, but nothing could be further from the truth. She is very good at keeping her smarts under wraps. I don’t for one second think she did not know what she was doing when she married him.’
I mean… I think any woman who waits around for years to marry a prince has some element of slyness or design. Even if the basis of the relationship was love, after so many years (and Charlene did wait around for years), a girl needs a plan or some kind of motive to stick around. Even if you ascribe cunning to Charlene, I do think she got in over her head very quickly. She was unprepared for royal life, unprepared to be married to Albert, unprepared for to be out of her depth in every area. That being said, this reads more like the portrait of a young, driven, focused athlete who got crushed in a bad marriage and significant health struggles.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Charlene’s Instagram.
At this point, Albert needs to give his wife privacy. The more he talks, the more suspicious it seems and people come up with new conspiracy theories. All we need to know is Charlene is taking a prolonged convalescence at a facility not in Monaco to recover from the numerous surgeries she had in South Africa which I’m sure did a number on her physical and mental health. And maybe during her convalescence, Charlene will reevaluate her marriage to Albert. Maybe not, but I hope she’s at a beautiful location overlooking mountains or lakes or something, the kind you see in movies. It sucks for her to be separated even longer from her kids, but I hope this helps her heal for them. I honestly don’t think Albert misses his wife all that much, but their marriage has always been weird.
Before the comments disappeared I noticed people thinking the word “appeasement” was a strange word choice yesterday. Paris Match is a French language magazine so the comment was translated from a French quote Albert gave, most likely from the word “apaisement.” Apaisement does mean appeasement but it also means peace, calm, tranquility etc. So he meant Charlene needs R&R basically. Not a strange word choice in the end since it’s in line with the rest of the comment.
She needs ‘appeasemenr’? Can you say ‘gaslighting’?!
I read that some friends of Charlene’s were upset that Albert has phrased his “explanation” to deliberately mislead people into thinking that Charlene may be undergoing mental illness or addictions or both, when her friends said that because of her ent illnesses, Charlene has not been able to swallow whole food for half a year or longer, and has lost half her weight, and is indeed fighting for her health if not her life. The friends explicitly denied mental health/addiction illness. They expressed concern for Charlene, and anger, consternation and disbelief at Albert. My thoughts after reading that were that, just an instant thought, that if he were done with her, and she had given him all that she could, he was positioning himself in the world’s opinion to be shed of her without looking bad himself. Me, I think that ship has sailed. He looks pretty cold an individual to me. I pray for Charlene and hope she heals, in more ways than one, and if she wants out, finally makes it.
I probably shouldn’t be wondering this but I can’t help it. Albert seems to have the tendency to play around outside of his marriage. I can’t help wonder if perhaps his playing led to him picking something up and unknowingly bringing it home and wife shared a sexual moment with him and an infection of some type ended up in her throat causing major problems with chewing and swallowing. I’m just wondering bcuz not to long ago I heard a situation like this came about with an actress and her partner.
I think both Albert and Charlene are manipulative in their own way. That they include their children in their public drama is inexcusable and cruel.