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Princess Charlene of Monaco, who has long been separated from her husband Prince Albert and their children after months of health problems, celebrated Easter with her family.
On Sunday, the Palace of Monaco released a portrait of the Prince and Princess with 7-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella alongside a bunny and a holiday basket.
“Happy Easter,” Charlene, 44, captioned the family photo on her Instagram account.
In another photo, the family can be seen at the Easter service at the palace’s private chapel with Father Penzo, the palace chaplain.
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The photo was posted hours after Albert was released from quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time. The 64-year-old was spotted during the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis final.
“Having just been diagnosed negative to a PCR COVID-19 screening test, HSH Prince Albert II is able to resume all his activities as of today,” read a statement from the palace sent to Fox News Digital. “Respecting the health rules in force after having tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago and although asymptomatic, HSH the Prince had to isolate himself and work remotely in permanent contact with the members of his cabinet, his government as well. as with his close collaborators.
While Charlene returned to Monaco in early March, she has not been seen publicly and has not returned to official duties.
“Following the encouraging recovery of Princess Charlene and the approval of her doctors, Their Serene Highnesses are delighted to announce that the Princess will now continue her recovery in the Principality, with her husband and children by her side”, reads the press release at the time. of his arrival.
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“Therefore, Princess Charlene has already returned to Monaco where she has been happily reunited with her family and loved ones,” he shared. “The coming weeks should allow Princess Charlene to further strengthen her health before gradually resuming her official duties and commitments.”
“As soon as her health is strong enough, the princess will look forward to spending time and socializing with the Monegasques again,” the message continues. “In order for Princess Charlene to achieve a full recovery and as She still needs peace and calm, the Royal Couple therefore ask that their privacy and family environment continue to be respected.”
The statement noted that the couple were “pleased” to share the news. The announcement was also revealed on Albert’s 64th birthday.
Last May, the princess fell ill during what was to be a 10-day visit to her home country of South Africa. Instead, complications from a previous ENT procedure tied Charlene down for six months.
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After several corrective surgeries and a subsequent relapse, Charlene returned to Monaco in November. But soon after landing, the princess felt signs of emotional and physical exhaustion. After consulting with her doctors and family, Charlene decided to seek treatment. It was eventually determined that Charlene would seek treatment at a facility outside of Monaco. Reports have speculated that the facility was in Switzerland.
Throughout her health journey, Charlene has stayed in close contact with her family through daily phone and video calls, People magazine reported. The outlet noted that at least one family visit took place over the holidays and that Albert has privately visited his wife on several occasions since then.
In September, Albert criticized rumors spread by the tabloids that the marriage had been in trouble.
“She didn’t leave Monaco angry!” he told the outlet at the time. “She didn’t leave because she was mad at me or anyone else. She was traveling to South Africa to re-evaluate her foundation’s work there and take some time with her brother. and some friends.”
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“It was only supposed to be a one week stay, 10 days maximum, and [she is still there now] because she had this infection [and] all these medical complications arose,” Albert explained at the time. “She did not go into exile. It was absolutely just a medical issue that needed to be addressed.”
Albert admitted he “probably should have addressed” the gossip sooner.
“But I was focused on taking care of the kids,” he said. “And I thought it would probably be okay [away]. You know, if you try to respond to everything that comes out, you’re constantly [responding], you’re wasting your time… Of course it affects him, of course it affects me. The misinterpretation of events is always detrimental… We are an easy target, easily hit, because we are often in the public eye.
The famous athlete married the prince on July 1, 2011. The wedding was a spectacle, costing around $70 million for the four-day event. They welcomed twins in 2014.
Their planned public birthday celebration was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.