Princess Charlene shares mysterious new photo with Prince Albert

Princess Charlene shares mysterious new photo with Prince Albert

Princess Charlene of Monaco is back on social media with a candid new photo to mark her wedding anniversary with Prince Albert, months after the couple denied divorce rumors.

Princess Charlene of Monaco is recovering from a “medical emergency” amid reports she fainted in South Africa. South Africa’s News reported that the 43-year-old suffered a “medical emergency” and was discharged from hospital on Thursday. “On the night of 1 September, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was taken to hospital after falling ill with complications from a serious ear, nose and throat infection,” the palace told People magazine. “Her Highness is being closely monitored by her medical team, who say her condition is reassuring.” The princess has been in South Africa since May, where she is undergoing a series of medical procedures to correct a previous ear, nose and throat operation.

South African Charlene married the Prince of Monaco in 2011 in a star-studded wedding ceremony attended by senior royals including the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

However, the couple are plagued by persistent rumours that Charlene is unhappy in her marriage, with her reportedly attempting to flee Monaco just days before her wedding.

Suspicions that the princess was afraid were only strengthened when Charlene looked dejected and wept openly during much of her own wedding.

The Monageque Palace Instagram shared a candid new photo of the royal family. Photo: Instagram.

On Monday, a never-before-seen candid photo of the couple was shared on Monaco’s official royal Instagram account to mark their 13th wedding anniversary.

“Happy Wedding Anniversary to Their Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene,” the caption reads.

In the rare candid photo, Charlene, 46, and Albert, 65, look out over the balcony of the Prince’s Palace, accompanied by their two children standing before them.

The family photo appears to put an end to the latest wave of divorce rumors that have plagued the royal couple, which began last year after the princess abruptly deleted her personal Instagram account.

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Charlene abruptly deleted her official royal Instagram account last year. Photo: Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images.

The Princess was born Charlene Wittstock in Zimbabwe and is a former elite swimmer who represented South Africa at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Not long after, she met the Crown Prince of Monaco and, after a long courtship, married Albert II. However, the relationship was disrupted after it became known that Albert had fathered three illegitimate children.

However, the couple stayed together and welcomed twins Jacques and Gabriella in 2014.

Under Monegasque law, Albert’s other children are not part of the country’s line of succession. Only his son and daughter and Charlene are eligible to inherit the throne.

Princess Charlene was photographed crying during her wedding ceremony. Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

Speculation about the state of the royal marriage increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, after Charlene left the country for almost a full year in 2021 and remained in her native South Africa.

The princess returned briefly to Monaco in 2022, but then retreated to nearby Switzerland for several months, again causing astonishment in the small principality of around 30,000 inhabitants.

In August last year, suspicions turned into a scandal after French newspaper Voici claimed that the South African beauty and Grace Kelly’s son are merely a “ceremonial couple” and that Charlene actually lives in Switzerland without her husband.

In a second revelation in a German gossip magazine, it was claimed that Charlene is traveling back to Monaco on official occasions in exchange for more visits to her two children.

Last year, Charlene and Albert survived rumors of divorce. Photo by Arnold Jerocki/FilmMagic.

Albert has always steadfastly denied that there are any problems with the royal marriage, despite persistent media speculation.

“I’m probably going to say this multiple times, but this has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear,” Albert told People in 2021 during one of his wife’s frequent absences.

“These are not problems within our relationship, not with the relationship between man and woman. It is of a different nature.”