Princess Charlene speaks of ‘trying time’ as she remains apart from Monaco’s Prince Albert

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Princess Charlene candidly admitted she has been going through a “trying time”. The Monegasque royal has been stuck in her native South Africa for several months. While she was expected to return to Monaco in May, Charlene has not been able to travel because she contracted a severe ear, nose and throat infection, which made it impossible for her to fly.

As her 10th wedding anniversary fell on July 2, the princess was not able to celebrate this important milestone with her husband.

As she continues to recover from her infection, Princess Charlene told South Africa’s Channel24: “It’s been a trying time for me.

“I miss my husband and children dearly.

“What has been extremely difficult for me was when I was instructed by my medical team that I could not return home for my 10th wedding anniversary. 

“Albert is my rock and strength and without his love and support I would not have been able to get through this painful time.”

In the run-up to the anniversary, the princess had issued a statement explaining why she would not make it back home in time for the celebrations.

She said: “This year will be the first time that I’m not with my husband on our anniversary in July, which is difficult, and it saddens me.

“However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the medical team’s instructions even though it is extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me. 

“My daily conversations with Albert and my children help immensely to keep my spirits up, but I miss being with them.

“It was special to have my family visit me in South Africa, and it was truly wonderful seeing them. I can’t wait to be reunited with them.”

The royal had travelled to South Africa to carry out various conservation operations such as rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit and educational wildlife photography sessions.

Speaking about the experience, Charlene said: “This entire experience moved me. 

“I connected with amazing people and spoke to the local trackers and anti-poaching units who all have an incredible passion for protecting our rhinos and environment.

“It filled me with immense joy to reconnect with the African people and spirit again.

“I was fascinated to learn more about the area’s history and culture.

“How fitting to rediscover my love for Africa at a place aptly named Thanda, meaning ‘love’ in the Zulu language!” 

While she hasn’t been able to travel back to Monaco for months, she has been visited by her husband and children.

In early June, Albert and his six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella visited South Africa also to mark the fifth birthday of Charlene’s niece, Aiva.

To make up for the distance, both the official social media accounts of the Palace of Monaco and the princess have been releasing videos to mark key moments from Albert and Charlene’s relationship.

On July 2, Princess Charlene shared a video including footage taken on her wedding day in 2011.

In the caption, she wrote: “To all our families, friends and loved ones. 

“Thank you for your love and support, and for the generosity we have received during this decade of our marriage.

“With gratitude, we are able to continue our work through our foundations.

“Thank you for the anniversary gifts, for your generosity, and trust. With all our love and respect. Merci.”

While in Monaco, Prince Albert has continued to carry out his engagements.

On July 3 he attended the 15th international Monte-Carlo Jumping event.

He was in the company of his niece Charlotte Casiraghi, a successful equestrian who has competed in the event in the past.    

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