The 44-year-old royal says she has been on a long road to recovery after falling seriously ill and disappearing from public view on a trip to her native South Africa earlier last year
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Princess Charlene of Monaco has revealed in a rare and revealing interview that her health remains fragile after a mysterious illness.
The wife of Albert, the reigning Prince of Monaco, has been away from the spotlight of public life for a long time since an ear, nose and throat infection.
Her troubles saw her undergo multiple surgeries in her native South Africa, where the former Olympic swimmer stayed for 10 months, returning to Monaco in March this year.
Page Six reported in November last year that the 44-year-old king nearly died after losing a tremendous amount of weight as a result of “being unable to eat solid food for over six months,” according to it a near source the princess.
She first fell ill in May during a planned 10-day visit to her home country, during which she endured numerous painful surgeries.
“My health is still poor and I don’t want to go too fast,” Princess Charlene, who is slow to recover, told the Monaco-Matin newspaper.
“The road was long, difficult and very painful. Today I feel calmer.”
Earlier this month, she made her first public appearance in a long time when she competed in the Monaco E-Prix with her husband and their seven-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
Prince Albert has been criticized at close quarters for not taking his wife’s condition seriously enough, after telling People magazine last year: “She was clearly exhausted, physically and emotionally.”
He also admitted she was admitted to a “treatment facility” outside of Monaco, which was her personal decision and had the support of family.
But a source revealed: “It’s unfair that she is portrayed with a mental or emotional problem.
“We don’t know why the palace downplays the fact that she almost died in South Africa.”
There were rumors of marital strife, but Princess Charlene was quick to refute them.
She told People magazine: “I still find it unfortunate that certain media are spreading such rumors about my life and relationship.
“Like everyone else we are human and like all human beings we have emotions, weaknesses, only our family is exposed to the media and the slightest weakness is passed on.
“I am very happy to be back home in Monaco and with my family. I received so many positive and heartfelt messages when I was away from Monaco and I thank them for their support.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/princess-charlene-opens-up-very-27068330 Princess Charlene opens up about 'very painful' mystery illness in rare interview - World News