Princess Charlene learned how to ‘control' emotions says expert
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Princess Charlene’s father Mike Wittstock firmly believes his 43-year-old daughter Charlene will “come out much stronger” from this period marred by health concerns. Mr Wittstock recalled the resilience and strength proven by Charlene during her days as a professional swimmer as evidence she can and will get through this difficult stage in her life.
He told South Africa’s You magazine: “My daughter used to swim 20km a day.
“Based on the way she used to train, I know she’s tough and will get through this and come out much stronger.”
Mr Wittstock, who walked his daughter down the aisle on her fairytale wedding day with Prince Albert a decade ago, also said he and his wife Lynnette chose not to meet Charlene in person during her recent six-month stay in South Africa amid health fears.
He said: “Our ages — we have to be very careful.
“I also didn’t want to possibly infect her because she’d been through so many medical procedures and was vulnerable.”
Much like many other families separated by COVID-19, the Wittstocks found other ways to stay in touch with their loved ones.
Referring to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert’s twin children, Mr Wittstock said: “We spoke regularly on the phone and I speak with the twins.
“We have a great relationship.”
Princess Charlene travelled to South Africa in May to work with her foundation on conservation and raise awareness on the illegal poaching of rhinos’ horns.
But she remained grounded in the country she was brought up in after developing a severe ENT infection, which made it impossible for her to get on a plane for months.
During her time in South Africa, the princess underwent several procedures, with the last operation taking place on October 8.
In early September, concern for her health spiked further after the Monaco palace revealed the princess had to be rushed to hospital “after becoming ill due to complications from a serious ENT infection”.
During her time in South Africa, Charlene could not spend some key milestones with her family, including her 10th wedding anniversary and the first day of school of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Her husband and children travelled to South Africa twice during Charlene’s stay to spend some time with her, and the princess revealed on Instagram she was regularly in touch with her family thanks to video calls.
Charlene was eventually able to travel back to Monaco in early November.
However, Prince Albert revealed a few days later, it became clear following her return the royal was “overwhelmed and couldn’t face official duties, life in general or even family life.”
As a consequence, Albert and Charlene agreed she would spend some time in a treatment facility to recover from her “exhaustion”.
Speaking to People magazine about his wife’s health conditions, the head of the Monegasque principality said: “Obviously there were consequences of her different surgeries and the procedures she underwent in the last few months.
“That certainly was a factor, but at this point I prefer not to comment further.
“I can say she was suffering incredible fatigue.
“She hadn’t slept well in a number of days and she wasn’t eating at all well.
“She has lost a lot of weight, which made her vulnerable to other potential ailments.
“A cold or the flu or God help us, Covid.”
The treatment facility, Albert added, is “outside of Monaco”.
Princess Charlene last updated her Instagram account on November 19, to mark Monaco’s National Day while missing the event in person.
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