Princess Charlene talks health and happiness in rare interview

Monaco’s darling, Princess Charlene, has opened up about her health and family happiness as well as the future responsibilities of her young children in an intimate interview with Monaco Matin.  

As Princess Charlene celebrates 10 years of her eponymous foundation, she has stepped into the limelight to offer a rare insight into her private life at home in the Prince’s Palace with husband Prince Albert II and their eight-year-old twins, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.  

The last few years haven’t been easy for Princess Charlene. She caught an ENT infection whilst on a conservation trip in Africa and was forced to spend months separated from her family during a long period of convalescence, first in her native country of South Africa and again on her return to the Principality at the end of 2021. Even then, her recovery was unfortunately not complete and after a lapse in her health, she withdrew again from public life and wouldn’t resume her engagements until Easter this year.  

“When I returned to the Principality, I focused all my energy on my children, my husband and my health because they are my priority. My state of health is still fragile and I don’t want to go too fast. The road has been long, difficult and so painful,” the 44-year-old former Olympic swimmer told local press in May 2022.  

“My family and those I love are my rock”

Now, she has opened up again, in an intimate interview with Monaco Matin, to express her happiness and relief at her recovery.  

“I feel so much better today than I have in recent years,” she told the newspaper’s Cédric Verany, who has previously been given similar access to the inner circle of the Sovereign family. “I feel less pain and much more energy. I continue to recover, to rebalance myself. It will still take time, but I’m happy. My family and those I love are my rock. I approach the future, step-by-step, one day at a time.” 

Monaco’s National Day, which was held on 19th November, marked the first full-scale celebration – and the first large family reunion for the royals – in three years due to the Covid pandemic and Princess Charlene’s health issues. She told Verany that her children were “very enthusiastic to take part in this National Day”. 

“The National Day is always a joyful time with the family, supported by many interactions with the Monegasque population,” she said. “This year, Jacques was happy to wear the same uniform as his father and Gabriella [was] very proud to wear her medal.” 

Moving on to respond to a question about her twins’ maturity and the expectations upon them, Princess Charlene said, “Jacques and Gabriella were born with responsibilities and duties. They are still only children, but they are beginning to understand their roles… They continue to observe and learn before it becomes natural for them.”  

The Princess also spoke of the approach she and Prince Albert take ahead of high-profile events with their children: “With my husband, when we have to go to an event, we explain to them what the nature of this event, what this ceremony is. They like to accompany us, and the four of us like to accomplish these missions together.”   

Finally, when asked about the bond that her two children share – a special relationship that their father once joked “makes them very much into accomplices” – Princess Charlene admitted that Jacques and Gabriella share “a rather unique bond”.  

“They are two children who have their own language and who understand each other,” she touchingly explained. “They love and protect each other and share an immense benevolence between them”. 



Photo credit: Eric Mathon from the Palais Princier de Monaco

France makes World Cup final

France has progressed to its second consecutive World Cup final. The reigning world champions beat Morocco 2-0 at the Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday 14th December and will now face Argentina.

A tight, cagey game was expected, but France opened the scoring in the early stages. Théo Hernandez popped up in the right place at the right time to silence the 55,000 Morocco fans in attendance.

After their early shock, Morocco’s players steadied themselves. It was a historic occasion for the Atlas Lions as they became the first African country to ever reach the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup. Pre-match, Managaer Walid Regragui said that he wasn’t happy simply being in the semi-final and had his sights firmly set on reaching Sunday’s final.

Morocco then set about that task, dominating for a large spell in the second half, but without managing to create any clear-cut opportunities. As they committed more men to the offensive effort, it was always likely that they would be susceptible to the counter-attack, and so it proved.

Kylian Mbappé, who was relatively quiet on the night dribbled into the box and got a deflected shot away, which fell fortuitously to the feet of Randal Kolo Muani, who couldn’t miss from just a couple of yards out.

The French team, therefore, reaches its second World Cup final in just over four years. Should they beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Sunday’s final, Didier Deschamps’ side will become the first team to defend their title since Brazil in 1962.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who flew out for the match said, “They made me very proud. I want the French to enjoy this simple happiness. From tonight, we prepare for the final and to win it.”


Roca Team streak broken by Barcelona

Barcelona successfully contained Mike James and the Roca Team (63-69) on Wednesday night to end the Principality team’s run and overtake them in the Euroleague standings.

Despite the defeat, AS Monaco Basketball remain within the play-off places and still just one win off top spot, currently occupied by Fenerbahçe, who have 10 wins in 13 matches this season.

Whilst this is a Monaco team with more depth and talent this season, James (16 points) is still the main man, and if he can be muzzled, the whole team can potentially be contained. That was seemingly part of Barcelona’s game plan, and it was executed to perfection.

Defences reigned for large periods, with the Roca Team failing to find any attacking flow. Sasa Obradovic’s men were outscored in the first two quarters, meaning they headed into the dressing rooms with a not-insurmountable five-point deficit. But Barcelona, who came into the fixture off the back of a victory against Asvel, hit the accelerator on the return from the lockers, and Monaco couldn’t keep up.

Going into the final 10 minutes, Monaco had a 15-point gap to close, and they began well with Donta Hall scoring four consecutive points. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough, and despite eating into their lead considerably, Barcelona prevailed by a healthy six-point margin (63-69).

“We came up against a very aggressive defence and that put us in difficulty. They pressed our forward line hard and we couldn’t find the solutions. We had to share the ball more, but we lacked many little things,” said Obradovic post-match.

Monaco’s side has the chance to quickly bounce back, with Alba Berlin visiting the Salle Gaston Médecin on Friday night.


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