Princess Charlene’s sad reality without her kids
Princess Charlene of Monaco has given a glimpse into her recovery from surgery, after weeks of “painful” separation from her husband and children.
The 43-year-old former Olympic swimmer took to Instagram to share several snaps from her call with her two twins, six-year-old Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
“Spending time with Jacqui and Bella,” she wrote.
“Making blankets for the crèche next door. Wish me luck,” she added.
Princess Charlene has been in her home country of South Africa for the last few months to undergo anti-poaching work while her husband, Albert and their children remained behind in Monaco.
The royal sported skinny jeans, a green turtleneck jumper and tan boots while blowing kisses to her children via a FaceTime call.
In another photo, Princess Charlene is seen showing several colourful wildlife conservation posts on the wall.
The Zimbabwe-born royal sadly developed a worrying ear, nose and throat infection that required surgery in May.
The royal had a second surgery a month later “to address complications from a previous operation,” the palace confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE Magazine.
Charlene will remain in South Africa “indefinitely” to undergo more procedures, meaning she has not seen her kids and husband since early June when they last came to visit the conservationist royal.
Her recovery also prevented Charlene from returning to Monaco to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Albert on July 1.
"This year will be the first time that I will not be with my husband on our wedding anniversary in July, which is difficult and saddens me," she said in a statement shared prior to the big day.
"However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the instructions of the medical team, even if it was extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me," she added.
Charlene also opened up about the painful reality being separated from her husband and kids.
"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 and the twins are planning to visit Princess Charlene in South Africa.