Lerato Maimela
Digital Journalist
4 minute read
9 Sep 2021
1:33 pm

Royal news: Monaco’s Prince Albert ‘appalled’ by divorce rumours

Lerato Maimela

Prince Albert says Princess Charlene is ready to return home, and that her trip to SA had nothing to do with him, but to focus on her charity work.

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene. Picture: Instagram

In this royal update we focus more on Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, as well as the rumours and speculations about their marriage coming to an end.

And Meghan Markle has changed her mind regarding casting Michelle Obama in her Netflix animated series, Pearl, and we look into the secrets behind Queen Elizabeth’s longevity.

Princess Charlene’s road to recovery

Princess Charlene was rushed to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, last week after she collapsed due to at the lodge where she was staying.

The palace later released a statement hours later saying that the princess was on the road to recovery.

“The princess is currently recovering in South Africa where her medical team advised she does not travel until all necessary procedures have been completed,” said the statement.

Talking to People, Prince Albert said Charlene was in good spirits following the medical emergency, and that she was ready to head back home.

“She’s read to come home. I know she said possible late October, but that was before the most recent round of appointments. I’m pretty sure we can cut that time frame a little short.

“She’s ready. She jokingly said that she’s ready to stowaway on a ship to come back to Europe,” said the prince.

Meghan changes her mind regarding casting Michelle Obama in Netflix series

It was announced in August that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not invited to former US president Barack Obama’s birthday celebration which took place on 4 August.

Royal experts said this may have been because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were no longer seen as popular royals, therefore not having a place amongst A-listers.

Talking to Express, royal commentator Neil Sean said Meghan would be in search of other high-profile stars to appear in her Netflix animated series Pearl, after changing her mind on casting the former US first lady.

“Michelle Obama was one that Meghan Markle was very keen to sign up but that went through the pan when they didn’t get an invite to that spectacular 60th birthday for the former president,” said Sean.

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Prince Albert addresses rumours of split

Princess Charlene’s extended stay in South Africa has led to speculation around her marriage to Prince Albert, and the two are rumoured to be divorcing.

Appalled by the rumours and speculations, Prince Albert told People that Charlene did not leave Monaco because she was upset at him or anyone else, but she left to focus on her charity work in South Africa, and to spend some time with her family and friends.

“She didn’t leave Monaco in a huff! She didn’t leave because she was mad at me or at anybody else. She was going down to South Africa to reassess her foundation’s work down there and to take a little time off with her brother and some friends,” said Albert.

The Prince of Monaco further explained that her stay was only supposed to be for 10 days, but it had to be extended because of the infection which she contracted while in South Africa.

“It was supposed to be a week-long, 10-day maximum stay, and she is still there now because she had this infection and all these medical complications arose.

“She didn’t go into exile. It was absolutely just a medical problem which had to be treated,” said the prince.

Four secrets behind Queen Elizabeth’s longevity

In the book Long Live The Queen! 23 Rules for Living From Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch, written by Bryan Kozlowski, he tells us about the secrets behind the 95-year-old’s longevity. Here they are:

  1. Workouts: Queen Elizabeth takes brisk walks with her corgis, and she often participates in horseback riding.
  2. Food and alcohol: The New York Post previously reported that the queen indulges in a a couple of alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. She reportedly enjoys a gin cocktail in the morning, followed by a glass of wine or champagne with her lunch, and yhen another glass of champagne, plus a dry martini in the evening.
  3. Beauty regimen: Kozlowski claims that the queen makes use of reasonably priced products, including a Milk of Roses moisturiser of a not popular brand.
  4. Mental fitness: The queen receives a large red box every day which is filled with paperwork, from parliamentary reports to intelligence documents. She also reads the daily newspaper while enjoying her breakfast.