Princess Charlene speaks out about the mystery illness keeping her in South Africa

Princess Charlene of Monaco shares 'gratitude' for fundraisers

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Princess Charlene’s husband, Prince Albert admitted that her original visit to South Africa was supposed to be “a weeklong, 10-day maximum stay”. The Princess has since been suffering with an infection that has led to two surgeries. Following what is expected to be the last of three surgeries to help her address her illness, Princess Charlene discussed her illness for the first time.

Speaking to a podcast recorded in the South Africa home she has been staying in since May, the royal said: “I came to South Africa to oversee some foundation projects.

“I was unwell at the time, unknowingly, and I had an infection which was addressed immediately.

“Unfortunately, it grounded me for some months here in South Africa.

“I had my one procedure which was very successful. I’m well, I’m feeling much stronger.”

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The Monegasque royal travelled to South Africa in March to attend the funeral of King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation.

Princess Charlene has reassured fans that her health has been improving throughout her road to recovery.

The Princess went to South Africa to oversea foundation projects for her own foundation.

Launched on 14 December 2012, the primary objective of The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by putting an end to drowning. 

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On the official website, the foundation states that: “Our mission is to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim”.

She has stated that this will not be the end of her involvement with South Africa, and it hasn’t stopped her plans to help.

Princess Charlene said: “I’m determined to come back to the KwaZulu-Natal region and continue the work I have set out to do, as I have done in other countries of Africa and in South Africa”.

“We save lives, and right now we have a species that is on the verge of extinction. I cannot sit back and let this happen”.


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Charlene met Prince Albert at a swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2000.

The couple married in 2011. On 10 December 2014, she gave birth to twins Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jaques, who is heir apparent to the throne. 

It is not known when she will return to Monaco. 

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