Princess Charlene of Monaco makes emotional solo visit to animal shelter as she sends ‘all her love’ to fans following her return to royal duties
- The mother-of-two, 44, recently returned to royal duties after mysterious illness
- Charlene opened the animal shelter with husband Prince Albert last month
- Princess campaigned against rhino poaching in South Africa last year
Princess Charlene paid an emotional visit to an animal shelter as she sent ‘all her love’ to fans following her return to royal duties.
The mother-of-two, 44, yesterday shared a photo of herself stroking a rescue dog at the Society of the Protection of Animals (SPA) shelter in Peille – a village between Monaco and the French Alps.
The princess – who was announced as SPA’s new president earlier this year – opened the premises with her husband Prince Albert II last month.
Charlene opted for a black turtleneck and slim camel trousers as she was taken on a tour of the new shelter this week.
Princess Charlene photo of herself stroking a rescue dog at the Animal Protection Center (SPA) in Peille yesterday
Princess Charlene has stepped up her royal duties in recent months. Pictured at the Queen’s funeral in Westminster Abbey on 19 September 2022 with husband Prince Albert
In the caption, the mother urged her 450,000 followers to support their local animal charity.
She wrote: ‘Went to visit the Monaco SPA. Please support a local SPA or animal shelter near you.
‘Thank you. Thanks. With all my love.’
Charlene has stepped up her public appearances in recent months following a long illness and stint in South Africa fighting rhino poaching.
The princess opened the animal shelter in the mountain village of Peille with her husband Prince Albert II last month
The pair walked a united front and held hands after declaring the animal shelter open. Princess Charlene spent almost a year away from Monaco after undergoing treatment for an unspecified condition.
The 44-year-old spent almost a year away from the Mediterranean principality in his native South Africa undergoing treatment for an unspecified condition.
She then booked into a clinic in Switzerland, leading to fears she would find it difficult to return to royal life with her 64-year-old husband, Prince Albert.
But in a soul-searching interview in the latest edition of Monaco-Matin newspaper, the princess said she was determined to overcome her problems.
“My state of health is still fragile and I don’t want to go too fast,” she said. ‘The road has been long, difficult and very painful.’
Referring to her seven-year-old twins, Gabriella and Jacques, Charlene said: ‘When I returned to the Principality, I focused all my energy on my children, my husband and my health because they are my priority.’
Princess Charlene says she is ‘focusing all her energy’ on her children Gabriella and Albert, both seven, since returning to Monaco. The picture on September 3, 2022
Princess Charlene tackled rhino poaching in South Africa while receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition
Earlier this year, the princess was appointed president of Monaco’s animal protection association. The picture in South Africa in May 2021
She dismissed rumors of a possible divorce or a permanent move to Switzerland, saying: ‘I am very happy to be at home in Monaco and with my family.’
Princess Charlene returned to public duties in May, making occasional public appearances with her husband Prince Albert and her children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella by her side.
She posed with Albert for a portrait on the occasion of their 11th wedding anniversary and took her children back to school with him in September.
Charlene made her most high-profile engagement last month when she joined her husband at the Queen’s historic funeral in London, joining 2,000 other mourners at Westminster Abbey.