Princess Charlene of Monaco shares 'gratitude' for fundraisers
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Earlier this week, she published a black-and-white picture featuring her standing alongside Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the head of the Zulu Royal Family. The appearance of Charlene in her latest picture sparked concern among some of the Monegasque royal fans, with many saying “she is really not doing well” while others claimed the royal looked sad.
In her latest post, Prince Albert’s wife is seen looking straight into the camera, while wrapped up in a jumper with her hands clasped in front of her.
The image was accompanied by a caption, reading: “Thank you for your kindness and support”.
It came while fans longingly wait for Princess Charlène to travel to Monaco again, following the long-term illness that has kept her separate from her family.
The 43-year-old Zimbabwe-born princess has been suffering from a severe ear, nose and throat infection while in South Africa.
Her husband, Prince Albert, 63 admitted that her original visit to the region was supposed to be “a weeklong, 10-day maximum stay”, but the illness has prevented her from flying back home.
The mother of twins had to endure several operations, but the doctors’ go-ahead is apparently still pending, so royal watchers have taken to keeping an eye on her social media for news and updates.
A previous image shared by the mum of Gabriella and Jacques, both 6 has been analysed by body language expert Sascha Morgenstern who claims the princess’s smile is not real.
The royal shared an image two weeks ago of her leaning on a table with a book open in front of her, wearing a long black sleeve top – her arms crossed in front of her on the table.
In a video for BUNTE.de he said: “The smile doesn’t appear genuine, she doesn’t smile with her eyes – if you zoom into the picture a bit, the eyes appear exhausted and tired.
“In the picture, she doesn’t appear very relaxed though. You can see this when looking at her hands.”
He also pointed out that it was apparent that the royal had “lost a lot of weight”, something he deduced from her pose.
He said: “By putting her elbow on the table, her shoulder is up high.
And therefore you can tell body weight is missing, meaning she is significantly thinner than during times when she met Prince Albert.”
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He added: “And when looking at her mouth, it doesn’t seem to be a genuine smile. It seems forced”, before claiming that the book acts as a “metaphorical barrier”.
He said: “… the book, which isn’t directly in front of her. When I’m reading a book, it would normally be in front of me and not to the side of me….. And the book is in the foreground.
“A metaphorical barrier is built towards the reader. Maybe the thought behind it was to show that it is the Bible, because that was the important statement, and maybe that’s why they did this.”
Fans were shocked by the sight of Charlene in her most recent post, and some took to the comments to share messages of support while others addressed their concern.
A user with the account name @blackberryandoats wrote: “So much sadness in those eyes. I hope you will find back your happiness…”
While @colet_tika added: “Too bad to see her so weak. God bless you!”
Other fans also praised the royal for drawing on her African roots by publishing the image, alongside the Zalu term “Bayede Nkosi”, which means “Exalted King”.
Instagram user @arlene.prince.7 wrote: “I love that you always pay tribute to country our values, you always put Africa first so proud we love you our Queen”.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg
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