'Mom, we love you', 'Mom, we miss you': Jacques and Gabriella moved the Principality of Monaco by looking out with their father, Prince Albert, on the balcony of the Palazzo dei Grimaldi with the signs for the mother who was unable to attend to the Monegasque National Day. She, Charlene, is still absent, as for months now, from life in the Principality, "very tired" and recovering after returning from South Africa, where she underwent several surgeries last summer.
The twin hereditary princes, 6 years old, wanted to give their special touch to a party that once again appeared halved due to the absence of the princess. Before the parade, which was attended by a crowd of Monegasques, many of them waving flags of the Principality, the two brothers had shown themselves side by side at the exit of the Cathedral of Monaco, inside which a mass was celebrated for the national anniversary. In the absence of Charlene, Jacques and Gabriella - who held hands and tried to be smiling - were entrusted to their aunts, the princesses Stéphanie and Caroline. Even these images, projected outside,they contributed to the emotion of the Monegasques for the difficult situation experienced by the ruling family shown to the world also on this day of celebration.
In an interview that appeared two days ago in the local newspaper Monaco-Matin, Prince Albert II had declared that he wanted to go "in the next few days" to visit his wife Charlene, still recovering. As for the state of health of the princess, always cloaked in mystery, Alberto specified that "she is better", adding then that "she still needs rest and tranquility". The former swimmer complains of "severe tiredness - said her spouse - not just physical, which can only be cured with a rest period".
The location where Charlene is trying to regain her lost health is kept strictly secret. What is certain - and the prince's words confirmed this - is that it is not located on the Rocca, in the Principality. On the Facebook account of Monaco it is explained that "in order to preserve the tranquility essential to the improvement of her health, the princess's place of convalescence will remain strictly confidential".
Charlene Lynette Wittstock, 43, born in 1978 in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), former high-level swimmer, wife of Albert II of Monaco since 2011, underwent a surgical operation on August 13 on which few details were leaked.
In September, the princess was hospitalized again as an emergency due to the complications of a serious ear, nose and throat infection.
At the beginning of October, a new operation under general anesthesia linked to the infection.