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Then, at the beginning of November, she was suddenly and finally home again, stepping off a private jet in Nice before making the crossing into Monaco, and smiling beside her husband and children. Yet within weeks it was reported she had left the principality, and was not staying with her family in the Prince’s Palace – something which was later confirmed by Albert, who explained that his wife was undergoing treatment at a facility outside of Monaco. 

While the world continues to speculate over her health and marriage, Tatler looks back at how Charlene came to be the princess of the most glamorous realm in Europe – one known for its great wealth, its stylish women and its Hollywood connection via Grace Kelly, the late mother-in-law she never met. 

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco leaving Sainte Devote church after their religious wedding ceremony, 2011

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How did Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer from a different continent, come to meet her Prince Charming? And what do her friends and her family say about the current situation? 

To find out more, pick up the January issue, on newsstands 2 December. 

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