Prince Albert: Charlene is ‘doing much better’ & she might return to Monaco ‘very soon’

When Princess Charlene was somewhat “exiled” in South Africa last year, I got the feeling that she was enjoying her freedom to a certain extent, and she enjoyed the fact that she could comment on things herself. She posted her own Instagrams, she spoke to local South African outlets, and she was not under some palace-operation communications office. Albert hated that, that he wasn’t controlling the information around his wife. Well, when Charlene came back to Monaco and then entered treatment at an undisclosed location back in November, Albert and the palace took over her communications operation entirely. I’m still not sure she even has her Instagram password anymore. And God knows where they sent her! Poor Charlene. All of that to say, Albert now controls all information about Charlene (and info to Charlene, one would assume). According to Albert, she’s doing better and she might be coming back to Monaco “very soon.”

Progress concerning Princess Charlene’s ongoing recovery continues to be encouraging. Speaking to local newspaper Monaco-Matin on Thursday, Prince Albert provided a brief update on his wife, saying, “Princess Charlene is doing much better, and I hope she will be back in the Principality very soon.”

The prince’s remark comes three weeks after the most recent palace update, which described her recovery as “continuing in a satisfying and very encouraging way.” That statement, however, also stated her stay in a clinic would “still take several weeks.”

Princess Charlene, who celebrated her 44th birthday in January, is currently receiving treatment outside of Monaco after suffering profound “exhaustion, both emotional and physical,” Prince Albert told PEOPLE exclusively in November.

For numerous reasons, it was determined a facility outside Monaco was preferential. Seeking treatment “elsewhere in Europe” was a solution that the princess already favored, Albert said. Reports speculate the clinic she chose is located in Switzerland. Albert described Charlene’s decision as a voluntary choice. “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,” he told PEOPLE in November.

In December, the palace shared that “it may take a few more months before her health has reached a full recovery.”

Throughout her recovery, Albert and the children have maintained contact, speaking daily by phone and video calls. Sources tell PEOPLE the Prince and children have already visited Charlene separately on several occasions.

[From People]

I wonder if that’s true about Albert and the kids visiting. It feels like we would have heard about it before now, but then again, it’s not like Switzerland is some kind of gossip haven. People mind their business in Switzerland! So yeah, she probably is there. I hope the treatment is authentic and helpful. I just hope… Charlene recovers and finds a way through this, whatever that may be. If she’s got to leave Albert, I actually think he would give her that “out” at this point.

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  1. The Hench says:

    All indications point to some serious rehab. There have been rumours for years about her drinking heavily to mask her unhappiness and turning up to events completely hammered. Other drug use could have also led to ENT issues hence the problems in SA but, either way, she was emaciated when she got back to Monaco.

    Let’s hope she is being helped and can use this to re-set rather than being removed from view.

    • equality says:

      There were rumors of Princess Grace being a heavy drinker also. Is being in the Monaco RF that awful?

      • Roo says:

        I would imagine most married-ins find that the gilded cage is bad for their health. I can’t imagine how loveless it must feel.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Agreed. And even though their marriage is not great, I don’t think there’s anything suspicious about her still being outside Monaco. She’s coming up on a 90 day stay, which is typical for a high end rehab stay. And it wouldn’t be unusual to stay past 90 days depending on how many issues need addressing. Most people just can’t afford the kind of high end intensive mental health/substance abuse treatment Charlene has access to.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I feel like all the mystery surrounding this is simply everyone trying to prevent the tabloids from being able to confirm Charlene is an addict.

      If they can keep that one fact from being conclusively known, then they can continue to never admit/never deny it indefinitely.

      Prince Albert and the children probably are visiting her, but again, they have to ensure the tabloids learn no specific details, so the trips have likely been cloak-and-dagger secret.

      Whatever their marriage is like, Albert does seem to be genuinely trying to do what’s best for his kids, which is parenting them directly while helping their mother get better.

      It reminds me a bit of how Jennifer Garner kept helping Ben Affleck clean up his messes, long after they were separated, because that’s what was best for their kids.

  2. Mac says:

    I guess it’s good Albert is giving updates. I hope she wasn’t committed against her will.

  3. molly says:

    I’ll reserve judgment until she’s seen in public. I genuinely hope she’s healthy and well.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      As will I. I don’t trust anything that comes out of Alberts mouth. He is a despicable POS husband that has treated her horribly since before the marriage. I wish he would have been arrested by the French authorities for having kidnapped her. Charlene has always looked so sad. No one should be forced into marriage! It’s the 21st century but Albert only cares about himself. He is such a pr!ck.

  4. Pam says:

    Unless they show her with a newspaper showing today’s date as a “proof of life,” I’m not sure I’m buying any of their BS.

  5. pocket litter says:

    It’s all too Orwellian for me. I fear for her life.