It has been a rough several months for Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Charlene, 43, has been recuperating from a surgery in late June meant to correct complications from a previous procedure. As a consequence, the former Olympian and husband Prince Albert were forced to spend their 10th wedding anniversary apart.
The royal first contracted an ear, nose and throat infection in May while doing conservation work in South Africa.
According to Hello!, Charlene told News24 that the infection started after she underwent a sinus lift and bone graft before the trip.
Charlene claimed she didn’t realize she had the infection until her ears became incredibly sore and she went to see a specialist.
She said she can’t return home to Monaco yet because her ear pressure won’t “equalize,” so she’s unable to fly above 20,000 feet.
“It’s been a trying time for me. I miss my husband and children dearly,” she told South African News Channel24. “Albert is my rock and strength and without his love and support I would not have been able to get through this painful time.”
Albert, 63, and the couple’s twins — Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, and Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, both six — are planning on making a trip to visit Charlene very soon.
“HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene would like to thank everyone for their continued love and support,” Charlene and Albert said in a joint statement. “The generosity they have experienced during the 10 years of their marriage is heart-warming.”
“HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene are committed to making a difference in the world through their foundations and wish to thank everyone for their continued generosity, support, and trust in them.”
The statement concluded, “Your gifts and contributions, support, and trust have enabled our foundations to achieve many of our goals. All of this would not have been possible without you.”
Shortly later, Charlene shared an update.
Despite still being separated from her family, Charlene has found some creative ways to keep in touch using FaceTime.
Sharing a series of photos to Instagram, she wrote, “Spending time with Jacqui and Bella[;] making blankets for the crèche next door. Wish me luck 😂🙏”