Is Princess Charlene OK? Monaco royal lays ill health rumors to rest with dazzling appearance at PFW
PARIS, FRANCE: Princess Charlene of Monaco reassured fans of her well-being with an appearance at the Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, October 4. The royal turned heads as she arrived in a chic gray plaid blazer, white button-down top, black pants, and matching booties. She completed the look with a diamond necklace, earrings, and oversized sunglasses.
Charlene has been battling a mystery illness for quite some time and spent much of last year in South Africa due to health concerns as she was unable to return home to Monaco, not seeing her children as well as her husband on their tenth wedding anniversary. She eventually returned to Monaco in early November 2021 but apparently struggled with her health for many months. The Palais Princier announced after a number of canceled appearances that the royal was taking "time to recover" from her "poor health." Her husband Prince Albert II revealed she was being treated in a facility "outside of Monaco." Fortunately, the 44-year-old royal appears to have recuperated since as she made several dazzling appearances since her return to public life.
"Good to be back in Paris again !" Charlene wrote on Instagram as she shared a photo of herself in the backseat of a car on Tuesday.
Prince Albert revealed how Charlene was given a family-style intervention for treatment after he returned from his trip to Dubai last year. "I sat her down with her brothers and a sister-in-law. She had already made her decision, and we only wanted her to confirm it in front of us," he told People magazine. "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. And not in Monaco. For privacy reasons, it would have to be someplace outside of Monaco." He added, "Obviously there were consequences of her different surgeries and the procedures she underwent in the last few months. That certainly was a factor, but at this point, I prefer not to comment further. I can say she was suffering incredible fatigue. She hadn't slept well in a number of days and she wasn't eating at all well. She has lost a lot of weight, which made her vulnerable to other potential ailments. A cold or the flu or God help us, COVID."
The prince also refuted unfounded claims about his wife's health. "Because I know there are rumors out there, let me say: This is not COVID. And it's not cancer-related. It's not a personal relationship issue. And if you want to discuss another speculation, it isn't related to plastic surgery or facial work at all," he said.
Prince Albert confirmed that she was currently dealing with "exhaustion, both emotional and physical." There were concerns for Princess Charlene's health after she collapsed on September 1 due to complications following one of her several surgeries for a chronic ear, nose, and throat (ENT) infection. She was rushed to Netcare Alberlito Hospital. "On the night of September 1, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was taken to hospital after becoming ill due to complications from a serious ENT infection," the Palace said in a statement. "Her Highness is being closely followed by her medical team, who say her condition is reassuring."
Charlene was slated to undergo another surgery to treat her ongoing illness, but it was reportedly pushed back. She is said to have had surgery in May and had a second operation in June before a "final" procedure in October. Her doting husband confirmed later that month she would be heading home to her children soon. "She is much better," Albert told the French magazine Point de Vue. "This last operation which concerned the nasal septum went very well. We will be able to consider her return very soon. And I can tell you that she will be in Monaco long before the national holiday."
The prince revealed that she underwent surgery on her "nasal septum," which, according to ENT Health, could be necessary if one has a deviated septum causing severe "sinus infections."
Charlene purportedly developed her ear, nose, and throat infection before she arrived in South Africa for a funeral and to partake in wildlife protection efforts. While the princess has been rather private about her illness and surgeries, she did open up about how she was missing her family. "It's been a trying time for me. I miss my husband and children dearly," she told News24. "Albert is my rock and strength and without his love and support I would not have been able to get through this painful time."