Prince Albert: Charlene is ‘ready to come home,’ possibly as soon as this month

Back in mid-August, Princess Charlene underwent a four-hour surgery to fix some issue with her serious ENT infection. The Prince’s Palace in Monaco confirmed the surgery and they also confirmed that Prince Albert would bring their children down to South Africa for a visit. That happened about a week later, and Charlene dutifully posted photos on her Instagram, which you can see in this post. Gabrielle and Jacques seemed happy-ish to see their mom, but Albert seemed… I don’t even know. The vibe was weird all around, if we’re being honest. The vibe was messy, the vibe was that Charlene and Albert have many secrets. But Albert is still sticking with his runaway bride. He chatted with People Magazine:

Monaco’s Princess Charlene is “eager” to return home and hopes she can once again reunite with her family — this time in Monaco — sooner than expected, Prince Albert tells PEOPLE. In his first interview since returning from a visit with his wife and children in South Africa, the 63-year old sovereign provided a medical update and fired back at media reports that suggest marriage troubles, not medical issues, have kept their family apart.

“She’s ready to come home,” Albert tells PEOPLE exclusively. He notes that her return date to Monaco “depends on what her doctors say,” and if her progress continues she could plan her travel for as soon as this month.

“I know she’s said possibly ‘late October,’ ” says Albert, “but that was before this most recent round of appointments. I’m pretty sure we can cut that time frame a little short. She’s ready. She’s jokingly said that she’s ready to stowaway on a ship to come back to Europe.”

Albert tells PEOPLE that his wife’s well-being has improved since her most recent four-hour long surgery on August 13. “She was in good spirits.”

During their family reunion last week in South Africa, Albert accompanied his wife on a doctor’s appointment where they met with the surgeon who performed her most recent operation to get “a new reassessment about how things are holding up.”

More enjoyably, the princess was able to bond in person with her 6-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, for the first time since early June. “Of course she was delighted to see us and to spend time with the kids,” says Albert.

[From People]

Curious that Albert mentioned that detail about going to Charlene’s doctors’ appointments. Perhaps Albert doesn’t really understand what’s going on with Charlene either? Perhaps he went to South Africa to confirm that Charlene really has been going through all of these medical procedures? This is honestly one of the most bizarre gossip stories I’ve ever covered. I thought it was an escape story but now I feel like it’s something else entirely. As for the idea of Charlene going back to Monaco sooner rather than later… lord knows. Albert is uncomfortable with this situation, and clearly he believes she should be able to “recover” back in Monaco. I don’t disagree.

Update: Apparently, Charlene collapsed this morning and she was rushed to the hospital in South Africa. It’s being said that there were some complications with her surgery, but there’s no confirmation thus far about what exactly is going on, but they do say that she’s stable now.

Photos courtesy of Instagram, Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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