Princess Charlene sparks concern among fans over 'frail' look days after 'final' procedure


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Princess Charlene published on her Instagram account on October 17 a photo featuring her standing alongside Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the head of the Zulu Royal Family. In the snap, the Zimbabwe-born princess looks straight into the camera with a light smile as she is wrapped up in a jumper and has her hands linked in front of her.

The picture was accompanied by a caption, reading: “Thank you for your kindness and support”.

She added an exclamation in Zulu, “Bayede Nkosi”, a royal salute which means “Exalted King” alongside a heart emoji.

The appearance of Charlene in the picture sparked concern among some of the Monegasque royal’s followers on the social media platform.

One, with the username sweeney5076, told her: “Get well soon, you look so frail, take care, hope you get back to Monaco to your lovely family.”

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Princess Charlene has suffered for months from an ENT infection (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have two children – Jaques and Gabriella (Image: GETTY)

A second Instagram user, sabbehilde, wrote: “It’s good to see you looking so beautiful- but build up your strength!”

Another, with the account name lamorlot, said: “She looks sad again, again, tired look!!! Quick recovery Charlène!”

Other Instagram users wished the princess to fully recover soon following her months-long fight with an ENT infection.

Instagram user nicole.miller.3914 wrote: “I feel so sad for her. I hope she will be better soon.”

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Princess Charlene underwent a procedure earlier this month (Image: GETTY)

Another, mdsleiman01, commented: “Praying for your health and quick recovery”.

And a third, claud_mapat, added: “May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery.”

Princess Charlene travelled to South Africa in May to carry out conservation work with her foundation.

Her journey was meant to last less than two weeks, but she remained grounded in the country due to a severe ENT infection she developed after a sinus lift and bone graft held in preparation for dental implants – which barred her from flying home to heal.

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert got married 10 years ago (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert on their wedding day (Image: GETTY)

Her long absence from Monaco forced her to miss important family moments, including her 10th wedding anniversary with Prince Albert II of Monaco and their twin children’s first day of school.

To make up for her absence in Monaco, Albert and six-year-old Prince Jaques and Princess Gabriella visited Charlene twice over the summer.

Over the past months, the princess has undergone surgery in a bid to allow her to heal and return to Monaco, with one four-hour-long operation known to have taken place on August 13.

On October 8, a Monaco palace spokesperson told People magazine Charlene had gone to hospital for her “final procedure”.

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Monarchies in Europe (Image: EXPRESS)

This news raised hopes the princess’ return to Monaco is approaching, also in light of an interview she gave in July, when she said she was expecting to remain in South Africa until late October.

The princess herself spoke about her health multiple times over the past months, including in an interview focused on her conservation work she shared on Instagram last week.

Speaking before her last procedure, she said: “I came to South Africa to oversee some foundation projects.

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

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

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Princess Charlene travelled to South Africa in May (Image: GETTY)

Reassuring listeners her health is steadily improving, she said: “I had my one procedure which was very successful. I’m well, I’m feeling much stronger.

“I’ve one more procedure, then I can’t wait to get home to my children, who I miss terribly.

“I think if there is any mother out there that has been separated from her children for months, [she] would feel the same way I feel.”

But Charlene also made clear she has the intention to return to South Africa in the future to carry on more anti-rhino poaching work.

She said: “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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