- Princess Charlene of Monaco reunites with her family in Europe after 6 months of absence.
- The 43-year-old unexpectedly landed in South Africa in May with an ENT infection.
- Her extended stay came as European outlets speculated about her and Albert’s marriage.
Princess Charlene was reunited with Prince Albert and their twins on Monday after spending six months in South Africa, where she was trapped with a serious ENT infection, People magazine reports.
The 43-year-old flew in her husband’s private plane from the city of Durban to Nice, France, arriving at 8:30 a.m. local time, the publication said. She was greeted by Albert and their children, six-year-old Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
An Instagram post shared by the official Monaco Palace account on Monday showed the family later returned to Monaco and said the reunion was “full of joy and emotion”.
Charlene uploaded her own Instagram photo on Monday in which she, the children and Albert can be seen huddled in front of the camera. She called it a “happy day” and thanked her followers for keeping her strong.
Since she became ill in May, the mother of two has undergone different medical procedures and had a medical emergency on Sept. 1 related to her ENT infection, requiring her to be hospitalized overnight, the report said. South African publication News24 at the time.
Her health problems occurred during what was initially intended to be a “stay of up to 10 days” in her home country of South Africa, Albert told People magazine in September.
Charlene was last photographed with her family when they flew to South Africa to visit her in August, when she shared photos of their reunion on Instagram. But her absence made her miss her children’s first day of school in September and the annual Monaco Grand Prix in May, where she would be the guest of honor, according to Hello! magazine.
Her extended stay also meant that she and Albert spent their 10th wedding anniversary separately on July 1. She called the situation a “trial time,” she told South African outlet News24 at the time of her illness.
“What was extremely difficult for me was when I was instructed by my medical team that I couldn’t go home for my 10th wedding anniversary,” she said, adding that Albert is her “rock and strength.”
The reunion puts an end to ongoing speculation about the state of Charlene and Albert’s marriage, which has been rumored to have circulated in local media in Monaco, according to the Times of London.
Albert addressed speculation in a September interview with People magazine, denying that Charlene had left “Monaco in a daze.”
“She didn’t go into exile. It was definitely a medical problem that needed treatment,” he said.
Representatives of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.