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Earlier this week, Prince Albert of Monaco confirmed that his wife of a decade, Princess Charlene was undergoing treatment at a facility outside of the principality while she ‘recovers from tiredness’. Speaking to Monaco-Matin, he explained: ‘She is not in the principality but we will be able to visit her very soon. I cannot tell you more out of discretion. There is tiredness, not just physical, which can only be treated with a period of rest and monitoring.’

Albert clarified to People that his wife was undergoing medical treatment, stating: ‘I sat her down with her brothers and a sister-in-law… 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… She was very calm and very understanding. She realised herself that she needed help. You can’t force anyone to understand that they need treatment, they have to accept that themselves.’

Now, the couple’s six-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, have sent a sweet message to their mother, via hand-made posters which they proudly held up from a royal balcony, which read, ‘We miss you mommy’. The young royals were holding up the signs during Monaco’s National Day celebrations, which are taking place today. 

Princess Charlene had been absent from Monaco since earlier this year, when she was effectively grounded while travelling in South Africa after complications from a sinus infection. She finally returned to the principality on 8 November, with her husband explaining that she had wanted to be back in time for Monaco’s National Day. Now, though, she has been forced to miss it due to her ongoing treatment, as she spends more time away from the palace. 

The rest of the Monégasque royal family were out in force, including Albert’s sisters, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline, and their respective families. Cutting particularly glamorous figures were Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the youngest daughter of Princess Caroline, and Beatrice Borromeo, the wife of Caroline’s youngest son, Pierre Casiraghi. 

Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Beatrice Borromeo on the Palace balcony

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