Princess Charlene is finally on the mend after years of health issues, and credits her family for helping her recovery.
The Monaco royal marked the tenth anniversary of her foundation that promotes childhood swim classes on Wednesday by sharing a bit about what’s been going on with her family, the health struggles that have kept her away from public life for so long, and her plans for the future. Charlene delivered her address from the family room of the Prince’s Palace, surrounded by an old Hollywood portrait of Princess Grace, and a holiday-themed photo of her 8-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. “I would first like to say that I feel so much better today than I have in recent years,” she told local newspaper Monaco Matin. “I feel less pain and much more energy.” The princess added, “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.”
Earlier this year, the princess began to ease back into her official royal duties after being absent for over a year due to a lengthy illness and convalescence period which she spent in the country where she grew up and her parents currently reside, South Africa.
Charlene also discussed with the paper the roles her two children will be tasked with in the future, explaining that although they were “born with responsibilities and duties” they are still learning about their place within the royal family. “With my husband [Prince Albert], when we have to go to an event, we explain to them what the nature of this event, this ceremony is,” she said. “They like accompanying us, and with the Prince, the four of us enjoy doing these together. But as I said, they are still young, they continue to observe, to learn, before it will become natural for them.”
The royal went on to cite the specific example of National Day in November which they were able to attend all together as a family. “Our children were very enthusiastic to take part in this National Day and we were very proud to see their maturity. The family unit is essential for us,” Charlene said. “National Day is always a joyful time with the family, supported by many interactions with the Monegasque population. And this year, Jacques was happy to wear the same uniform as his father. And Gabriella, very proud to wear her medal.” She concluded, “They are two children who have their own language and who understand each other. “They love and protect each other and share an immense benevolence between them. It’s a rather unique bond I must say, and I see this particularity that the twins share.”
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