Major development in Princess Charlene’s mystery health battle

Princess Charlene has returned to Monaco to be with her husband Prince Albert and her children as her health improves, the royal palace has said.

Charlene, who married Prince Albert in 2011, has been absent from the principality for months due to a mystery health battle, including what the palace has previously referred to as a "state of profound general fatigue".

Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the Sainte Devote Ceremony at the Monaco Cathedral on January 27, 2021 in Monaco, Monaco. Sainte devote is the patron saint of The Principality Of Monaco and France's Mediterranean Corsica island (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Princess Charlene has returnd to Monaco amid ongoing health issues. Photo: Getty

"The next few weeks should allow for Princess Charlene to further strengthen Her health, before gradually resuming Her official duties and commitments," the palace said in a statement issued on Saturday.

The royal's health battles have taken her away from the media spotlight and her royal duties for some time and have been the subject of speculation since she reportedly came down with an ear, nose, and throat infection while visiting South Africa.

Back in November, a source told Page Six the Princess' health complications - which left her stranded in South Africa for 10 months - had been "downplayed" by the royals and that she had "almost died" due to a severe ear, nose and throat infection that flared up after surgery.


She returned briefly to Monaco afterwards, looking emaciated—only to be sent to a Swiss clinic to be treated for “exhaustion, both emotional and physical.”

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She was stuck in South Africa for months following complications from an ENT infection. Photo: Instagram

The Monaco palace has consistently denied media reports of a rift between Charlene and Prince Albert.

Albert told People that leaving Monaco late last year was her decision.

"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 said.

Charlene was born in Zimbabwe. She later moved to South Africa and swam for the country at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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