Princess Charlene got sarcastic about ‘rumors of divorce’ & her new Swiss home

People are just going to believe whatever they want about Princess Charlene, but what I find remarkable is how Charlene and Prince Albert seem incapable of sitting down together and doing a real interview where they explain what’s going on. I mean, if the rumors are just that and everything is fine, surely Charlene and Albert would understand that a soft-focus interview with an English-language outlet would be one of the easiest ways to stop the rumors or put things in a proper context? It’s not like Albert isn’t “supposed” to speak to the media – he speaks directly to print publications and TV media all the time. Anyway, all of this to say that Charlene did a solo interview with the newspaper Monaco-Martin and she got sarcastic about the rumors of her marriage trouble.

Princess Charlene of Monaco has set the record straight about rumours of a marital rift with Prince Albert. In a candid interview with newspaper Monaco-Matin, the 44-year-old dismissed the “malicious” reports. The mum-of-two spent most of last year away from Monaco after falling ill in her native South Africa in May 2021.

“You want to talk about rumours of divorce or my new home in Switzerland?” she said. “I still find it regrettable that certain media peddle such rumours about my life, my relationship. Like everyone else, we are human beings, and like all human beings we have emotions, and weaknesses, only our family is exposed to the media and the slightest weakness is relayed.”

She added: “We discussed these malicious articles together and he did everything to protect me and our children.”

Now back home with her family, Charlene appreciates the love she has received from royal well-wishers. “I’m very happy to be back home in Monaco and with my family,” she remarked. “I received so many positive and warm messages when I was away from Monaco, and I thank them for their support.”

[From Hello]

Is sarcasm the way to go here? I’m really asking. Because it doesn’t translate. We heard European and South African reports that Charlene actually was purchasing real estate in South Africa last year, possibly in the hope of setting herself up for a separation from Albert. I’ll buy the fact that she doesn’t have a home in Switzerland, that she was in that country for treatment and not as some kind of “escape” from Albert. But jeez, Charlene. There’s a lot of genuine confusion and people genuinely have sympathy for you because they think you’re a prisoner in Monaco!

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    The Today Show would be eager to get the exclusive. Heck Savannah Guthrie would be on the first private jet to Monaco to do the story. I’m surprised they haven’t done it already.

    • molly says:

      Any of them would! What’s Gail up to? Get her on a plane.

      I don’t doubt that her marriage is miserable, but she looked really happy with her daughter at that fashion thing this week. Hopefully she has plenty of joy in her life outside of Albert.

      • Amy Bee says:

        She looked the happiest I’ve seen her and I think it was because Albert wasn’t there and she was allowed to go out with her little girl.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Amy Bee, she did look genuinely happy out with her daughter. She is suffering a great deal, on top of serious health issues. She hasn’t been happy around Albert for years.

        I am still outraged with France allowing Albert to have her kidnapped, all of which was illegal and unacceptable. Shame on France!

  2. Jessica says:

    I’m on the fence about this one. It’s really no one’s business but theirs and they have young children that will eventually read the articles. Perhaps she is battling a very serious illness? I think Albert is scum and she is very obviously unwell. She looks fragile and it seems a “serious sinus infection”
    Hasn’t been the cause for the last several years. We sometimes forget she was a swimmer and very vibrant when they got married. I hope she is able to get healthy and lead a happy life whether that is with or without him.

  3. girl_ninja says:

    I think she’s lashing out because she’s unhappy. People will continue to speculate regardless If she and the husband address specifically what has gone down the last three years. But they can make an attempt to put a dent in the rumor mill. I just hope that she is on the road to healing and that she can find true happiness.

  4. Div says:

    I’ve said this before, but I really think Albert set her up so she appeared like a crazy, racist addict to the public (and I’m not trying to denigrate addicts or people who are mentally ill, but lbr the public generally does look down on both).

    There was a far better way to handle the situation, but he went out of his way to make her seem mentally unstable. And look, she grew up in South Africa, it’s very likely she’s racist. But the story about her putting her Black stepson in the servant’s quarters, dropping RIGHT when the press was questioning Albert again, seemed very…convenient…and didn’t even make sense when you consider previous reporting on the Monaco royal family (she had no power, she didn’t even live with Albert, so if that’s true how does she have the power to put his son away?).

    So yeah, I think she’s being sarcastic as she’s fed up with him and the situation.

    • Yup, Me says:

      But also, maybe, just maybe, ole girl is an a$$hole. Separate from Albert’s stuff. Maybe she treats the people around her poorly and maybe she moved to a new country and refused to learn the language and learn do her job well.

      We comment on Kate’s willful ineptitude all the time and judge her for it. Maybe Charlene is of the same ilk and regularly having cameras focus on her for any concentrated length of time would result in more mess than just not addressing rumors at all.

    • Debbie says:

      Even if they weren’t yet married at the she time, she was still Albert’s fiancée and that carries power. Certainly, to the servants she’d soon be in charge of, that fact gave her some power (or influence, if you like). Secondly, between this White woman fiancée and a small Black/biracial child, who do you think carried more weight and influence with the servants at the time?

  5. lionfire says:

    Funny, the fact that it was sarcastic made me believe her more than any soft focus interview with two of them could. The exasperation with rumors can be heard along with sarcasm and this made it sound very authenthic, tbh (to me).
    Soft focus sit-down with two of them would seem like just a pr trick (once agaon, to me).

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Same. She’s tired of the rumors, hence the sarcasm. I believe her too. Hope her health continues to improve.

  6. Blue Nails Betty says:

    There’s an old legal philosophy, “if you can’t win on the facts then baffle them with bullshit”.

    She could have easily settled the rumors with a fluffed up answer (she’s had plenty of time to create an adequate story) but she deflected with defensiveness and sarcasm. She’s hiding something.

    I hope she is safe.

    • Debbie says:

      @Blue Nails Betty: I haven’t heard that legal maxim before. The one I heard is somewhat similar but goes like this: “If you can’t win on the facts, then pound on the law. If you can’t win on the law, then pound on the facts. If you can’t win on either one, then pound on the table!”

    • Feeshalori says:

      And I’ll add another that I’ve always used, but not regarding legal matters, “If you can’t dazzle them with style, baffle them with bullshit.”

  7. Jane says:

    I mean…they could send the “quotes” via email to a sympathetic outlet with the agreement that no one would state this was how it was done. Isn’t this how Harry allegedly stated his brother isn’t a bully when that’s not what he said at all?

  8. FHMom says:

    I feel like she is biding time in Monaco until her children are grown. Given the private lives of Albert’s sisters, I don’t think anyone would bat an eyelash at a separation when the kids are older. She has done her service to Albert by having 2 heirs. Maybe she just doesn’t want to antagonize him and is playing as nicely as she can stand to at the moment. Living separate lives with an occasional public appearance seems to be the royal way. Whatever her health issues are, Charlene has been through a lot lately, and I hope she finds happiness.

  9. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I’ve not said anything about this until now, because we all know that what we read isn’t necessarily true. Some time ago I read an article (French newspaper?) that reported that Charlene had a brain tumor. I hope I remembered that correctly. I’ve sat back and watched and certainly that could explain a lot. It’s interesting that I only read it once and I have no idea if it’s still out there. Who knows if it’s true.

  10. Mrs. Smith says:

    To me, the sarcasm is a reaction. Something hit a nerve here. And not to be macabre, but the possible brain tumor and/or other very serious illness could explain some of this strange behavior.

    • Christine says:


    • Babz says:

      There was a man I knew who was horrible for years to anyone who wasn’t in his inner circle. I mean downright nasty, rude horrible. He had a brain tumor, which subsequently killed him after several years of treatment and surgeries. The strange part was that following his very first surgery, his personality changed, and he was like a completely different person. Cordial, friendly, outgoing, the complete opposite of who we’d all known forever. The common belief seems to be that his tumor had been growing for years, and that it had a definite bearing on his behavior. All that being said, if Charlene does – or did – have a tumor, it absolutely could impact her behavior and personality.

  11. Ele says:

    That’s a well done wig. She’s sick. I hope she gets better and people stop speculating.

  12. ChattyCath says:

    Just maybe she has long-standing psychological problems that have NOTHING to do with Albert but to do with family and then her Olympic career?