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Princess Charlene of Monaco’s husband Prince Albert ‘hurt’ by ‘malicious rumours’ during royal health saga

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Princess Charlene of Monaco’s husband, Prince Albert, reflects on the couple’s difficult year.

The late Hollywood star-turned-Princess Grace Kelly’s son spoke to the Sunday Journal over the weekend, admitting that the events of the past year were “a test for my wife, in particular, who has suffered greatly and lived through difficult times, far from it”. his family. A test also for our children and for me.

Charlene’s health deteriorated during her visit to South Africa in May 2021. While the visit to her home country was only supposed to last 10 days, complications from a previous ENT procedure left her on hold for six months.

After several corrective surgeries and a relapse, Charlene, 44, returned to Monaco in November. But soon after landing, the princess felt signs of emotional and physical exhaustion. After consulting with her doctors and family, Charlene decided to seek treatment. It was eventually determined that Charlene would seek treatment at a facility outside of Monaco.


Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attend qualifying ahead of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix on May 28, 2022 in Monte-Carlo.
(Arnold Jerocki/FilmMagic)

Throughout her health journey, Charlene has stayed in close contact with her family through daily phone and video calls. At least one family visit took place during the holidays, and Albert visited his wife privately on several occasions. However, Charlene’s prolonged absence from Monaco has sparked rumors about her marriage.

“We missed the princess very much,” said Albert, 64. “And we were obviously hurt by the malicious rumors that were peddled. But we were able to stay united despite the distance. We spoke to each other often.”

“Today Charlene is back with us and it’s the most beautiful thing that could have happened,” he continued. “She’s better, we can finally spend time together. It’s a relief and a joy for all of us.”

Albert’s interview took place before the palace confirmed to Fox News Digital on Saturday that Charlene had tested positive for COVID-19.


Princess Charlene of Monaco’s husband Prince Albert ‘hurt’ by ‘malicious rumours’ during royal health saga

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with their children.
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“Showing certain symptoms, HSH Princess Charlene has tested positive for a COVID-19 screening test,” the statement read. “In compliance with the health rules in force, Princess Charlene will observe a period of isolation of several days. Her state of health does not cause any concern.”

In September, Albert criticized allegations aired by the tabloids that their union was in trouble.

“She did not leave Monaco angry,” the prince told People magazine at the time. “She didn’t leave because she was mad at me or anyone else. She was traveling to South Africa to re-evaluate her foundation’s work there and take some time with her brother. and a few friends.

“It was only supposed to be a one week stay, 10 days maximum, and [she is still there now] because she had this infection [and] all of these medical complications have occurred. She did not go into exile. It was absolutely just a medical issue that needed to be addressed.”


Princess Charlene of Monaco’s husband Prince Albert ‘hurt’ by ‘malicious rumours’ during royal health saga

Princess Charlene tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
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Albert admitted he “probably should have addressed” the gossip sooner.

“But I was focused on taking care of the kids,” he said. “And I thought it would probably be okay [away]. You know, if you try to respond to everything that comes out, you’re constantly [responding], you’re wasting your time. … Of course it affects him, of course it affects me. The misreading of events is always detrimental. … We are an easy target, easily hit, because we are often in the public eye.”

The famous athlete married the royal on July 1, 2011. The wedding was a spectacle, costing around $70 million for the four-day event. They welcomed twins in 2014.

Their planned public birthday celebration was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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