To some observers, investigator of Charlene of Monaco, it is like hoping to have Kim Jong-un tell by those close to him, less the language barrier. If one of her friends and several regulars at the Rock agreed to speak, no one wanted her name to be mentioned: “You don’t realize, careers can sink for one word too many. “
Pyongyang-Monte Carlo, same fight? Regarding the official communication of Princess Charlene, there are similarities in any case: if her rare interviews have always had the flavors of press releases, for at least five months that she has lived in South Africa, far from her 6-year-old twins and her husband, Prince Albert, the omerta is almost total. On the Palace website, the last info on the princess’ diary dates from November 2019. Her Instagram account is no longer talkative: messages on her charitable actions and a few photos of a thin woman with drawn features, confirming the idea that Charlene is indeed in bad shape.
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“Nobody believes the official version”
To find out more, it is better to refer to “Monaco-Matin”, which is in a way the official organ of the Principality. The facts, nothing but the facts, therefore: last May, the Palace announced that “Princess Charlene is being treated medically and has been observed on several occasions in recent months in South Africa following a heavy ENT infection. When exactly did she arrive in her native country? We do not know, but a chosen one is certain: the young woman has not been seen in Monaco since the feast of Saint Devote at the end of January. Since the first operation five months ago, Albert and the twins have made the trip (only?) Twice to visit him. Charlène has successively missed her tenth wedding anniversary and the return to school of her children, now CP students in a new school.
Officially, she would be better now, but the Monegasques, like the vast majority of observers, are wondering if she will ever return. The deadline that everyone has in mind is November 19, National Day. His absence would be perceived as final and already, good souls are starting to talk. A Monegasque resident wonders “Nobody believes the official version! Communication is catastrophic and it is getting worse every day! “
In fact, it must not be good to be PR (Public Relations) of the Palace right now. How to explain that the weekend of October 10, while Charlène was undergoing a new surgical operation under general anesthesia, her husband posed for the photographers in Burgundy, 12,000 km from her, as honorary president … of the championship of the world of egg murderer? How to continue not to answer questions which fall under the direction: “Even if the princess cannot take the plane, nobody, since the month of May thus thought of repatriating her in medicalized boat near her children. ? Wouldn’t it be rather she who no longer wants to return? “.
“It’s always mom’s fault!” “
The more time passes, the more the enigma about the princely couple grows, the more it is Charlene who is singled out. Some Monegasque residents evoke the famous “unhappy princess syndrome”, which would like a curse to strike all the “banks” having had the misfortune of falling in love with a prince, but what was true thirty years ago, The time of Diana or Masako from Japan no longer seems relevant, if judged by the radiant faces of Kate, Meghan, Victoria of Sweden or other princesses from the north with apparently united couples. A Monegasque (“of stock”, she specifies) of a venerable age draws the parallel between Charlène and Grace Kelly, the mother of Albert “She also had a lot of trouble to integrate. But at least she stayed with her children… ”In the background, the eternal specter of the“ bad mother ”, which annoys the supporters of the young woman on the Rock. A resident testifies: “Whenever there is a problem, it’s always the mother’s fault! But I know, having crossed paths with them, that Charlene is an extra mother. It is true that lately she has died out a bit, but if you only knew how happy she was at the beginning! “
At the beginning, that is to say in 2006. If Charlene Wittstock met Prince Albert in 2000, during a swimming tournament on the Rock, when she was only 22 years old, she will not resume contact. with him only when his father died in 2005 to offer him his condolences. A year later, they begin to appear together, but will wait until 2010 before announcing their engagement, a time that Charlene found “too long, which should not have reassured her … a 48-year-old man should have declare themselves faster, ”thinks a former employee of the palace, now retired.
However, at first, the beauty and cheerfulness of the young girl delighted Monegasques. A swimming champion, with this sporty prince, what a good idea! The fact that she is English-speaking is not a problem: Albert, as we know, is more comfortable in the language of his mother, Grace. It is in French, the idiom of his father, that he stammers… hello Freud?
“The jealousy of some and the ambition of others”
At the time, everything that observers discovered about their future princess enchanted them: she was from a rather modest background, a commercial father and a mother swimming teacher? A good point, finally “fresh” blood on the Rock! She chose to stop her studies at 16 to start competing? It is from the seed of “the people’s princess”! It is sadly ironic to note that ten years later, the same arguments will be turned against her: Charlène does not have the “level”, she has not even managed to learn French! A fine connoisseur of the Rock witnessed all the gall spilled on his back: “You can’t imagine how much the yard is a basket of crabs. I think Charlene didn’t have a chance, from the start the dice were loaded by the jealousy of some and the ambition of others. “Love, Glory and Beauty” is the Teletubbies, alongside court intrigues… And all over 2 km2, you can imagine? Everything she tried to do was mocked, belittled. Her sisters-in-law, Caroline and Stéphanie, are nowhere near as nice to her as they seem. And unlike his father, Prince Rainier, who protected Grace Kelly a lot, Albert never had the courage to take the necessary steps to defend his wife. “
“The nature of the prince let’s say … fundamentally unfaithful”
Was the couple in love? “Very,” exclaims a relative of Charlene – who begged me not to name her – together they beamed! She is a simple, nice, cheerful girl, but from her engagement, she understood that her marriage might not be everything she imagined. Rumors were circulating about the nature of the prince, let’s say… fundamentally unfaithful. Rumors, certainly, but sufficient to say that Charlene would have tried to escape on the eve of her wedding. “That is wrong,” says the “connoisseur of the palace” quoted above. His passport was never taken from him or whatever. But very quickly, Charlene understood that she would live under a magnifying glass, and that anything that could be reproached to her by the seraglio… would be. “
First difficulty, she has trouble getting pregnant. “I think she got a headache that not everyone thinks it was her fault, the Prince having already recognized two children born before her marriage”, explains her friend. Three years later, however, at the end of a medical journey that one imagines trying, twins are announced. What to reassure her? “A little at first, but it wasn’t enough to calm him down completely. “
His difficulties in learning French turn into a blockage and a strange phenomenon appears. “Charlène hardly speaks any more, for fear of showing her low level in the official language. Well it was on his face that his discomfort began to show. The expression “feeling bad about yourself” took on its full meaning when we began to see her mouth swell, her cheekbones go up, when she was not even 40 years old … “
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These peremptory opinions on a body considered as a public good
Charlene and aesthetic medicine, the subject is so little taboo on the Rock that upon learning of her misadventures in South Africa, many claimed it was a failed lifting problem. If her friend refuses to comment on this point, our source from the Palace seems very sure of herself when she drops these few words, which, in another context, could be funny: “Nah. Not a lift. These are her teeth, which she wanted to redo. At this stage of the investigation, our compassion Charlene still climbs a skull and we begin to understand the princess who can cause so many peremptory opinions on a body considered to be a public good cause.
Especially since we are not at the end of our surprises. Charlene’s relative explains: “There was a recent event of great violence, but that only people who speak ‘Monaco’ fluently were able to measure. This summer, during the convalescence of the princess, “Paris Match” made its front page on Albert’s natural son. In the interview that accompanies the photos of the young man, his mother, Nicole Coste, claims that Charlene would have sent her son, who is mixed race, to the servants’ quarters. Everyone knows that such a bomb could not be launched without the agreement, even tacit, of the palace. “
Albert’s other children, another very sensitive subject for Charlene, and we can understand that. The prince recognized Jazmin Grace, born in 1992, and Alexandre, born in 2003, but here we are talking about a paternity search for a Brazilian baby who would have been born in 2005. On the Rock, nobody seems to believe it: “Provisional banal d “Extortion”, judges the retiree of the palace, and moreover, this third offspring would have come into the world before Charlene and Albert were together, but the princess, weakened and in loss of confidence, would live in terror that a new scandal is unveiled.
“The mere fact that Albert is the target of these attacks brings blessing: Everyone here thinks he hasn’t changed his ‘browsing’ habits after his marriage. We only lend wealth … name me one other prince or king in Europe who drags this kind of casserole? Her friend sighs.
The result, the Monegasques saw, every day a little more, on the silent face of their princess. Strange successive haircuts, spectacular weight loss, everything is happening as if, in recent years, his calls for help have accelerated. Before her flight to South Africa, we know that she lived in Corsica for a few months, like a trial run far from the Rock.
“He misses his children terribly”
At a time when the slightest mood swings are enough to have the “bipolar” label hung around your neck, his psychological health is worrying. “She can go from ecstatic moments to a deep depression”, assures the close to the palace. Cyclothymic, or simply unhappy, Charlene of Monaco would have recently found comfort in religion. “She converted from Protestantism to Catholicism for her marriage, but she is not a ‘cheeky’ Christian. His faith has deepened lately and it is a great help to him to hold on. She misses her children terribly, but she has no way of getting them to come to her, constitutionally, they belong to the principality. “
What hope for a return to normal, then? The friend is Charlene affirms it: “Albert and she still love each other. This leak is a spectacular call for him to change, really. He has already started to give her some pledges that she would be taken more seriously at Court, by appointing her vice-president of the Red Cross, for example. But what she expects is so much more than that! »Will Albert succeed in appeasing the insecurity of the mother of his children? Response by November 19 at the latest.