Princess Charlene of Monaco forms a united front in family Instagram

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Princess Charlene of Monaco has taken to Instagram to show off her dramatic new haircut and wish her niece Aiva a happy fifth birthday.

The royal, 43, formed a united front with her six-year-old twins and husband Albert, 63, as the family gathered around a birthday cake featuring Charlene’s brother Sean Wittstock, 37, his wife Chantell, 34, their eldest son Raigen, 7, and the birthday girl.

‘Happy 5th birthday, Aiva! Love, Aunt Charlene,” she wrote.

It comes as the princess debuted a dramatic new shaved haircut during her recent conservation trip to her native South Africa, where her brother lives.

It is unknown if this photo was taken in South Africa or if Charlene is back in Monaco.

Princess Charlene of Monaco has taken to Instagram to show off her dramatic new haircut and wish her niece Aiva a happy fifth birthday. The royal, 43, formed a united front with her six-year-old twins and husband Albert, 63, as the family gathered around a birthday cake featuring Charlene’s brother Sean Wittstock, 37, his wife Chantell, 34, their eldest son Raigen, 7, and the birthday girl

Prince Albert’s wife showcased the ‘French crop’ haircut – with a longer strip on top of the head and dramatically shaved back and sides – in snaps shared on her charity’s Instagram page earlier this week.

She hasn’t been photographed in public with her husband since late January and she is said to have traveled to South Africa in mid-March.

She did, however, post a photo of the family together with Easter on April 2. It is unknown if they joined her in South Africa or if she returned to Monaco and flew back again in May for her rhino conservation trip.

The royal, who is mother to six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella, first stepped out in December 2020 with a dramatic half-shaved head, but has since gone even shorter and bolder with the cut.

Bold: Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved haircut during her recent conservation trip to South Africa.  The photos were shared on her charity's Instagram account

Bold: Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved haircut during her recent conservation trip to South Africa. The photos were shared on her charity’s Instagram account

When did Princess Charlene travel to South Africa and when was she last seen with her husband?

January 27 – Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco.

18th of March – Charlene is pictured at the monument to the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa

April 2 – Charlene posts an Instagram photo of herself, Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Easter.

It is unknown where the photo was taken.

May 8th – Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend a Grand Prix event in Monaco

May 10th – Albert attends Monaco Gala Awards in Monaco

May 18 – Charlene shares her first photo from her conservation trip in South Africa

1 June – Prince Albert II, Jacques and Gabriella attend the event at the Oceanic Museum in Monaco

June 3 – New photos appear of Charlene on her conservation trip

5 June Charlene stands united as she shares a photo with her family to mark her niece’s fifth birthday with her brother’s family and Albert and the twins. It is unknown where the photo was taken

Charlene stayed in South Africa after she was stricken with an ENT (ear, nose and throat) infection ‘which prevents her from traveling’.

It was a tumultuous start to the year for the royal family, after news broke that her husband is facing a paternity lawsuit over a love child born in the early years of their relationship.

The palace was forced to comment on the princess’s whereabouts ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, which she should have attended in Albert.

Instead, the prince was present with their children.

It appears Charlene has yet to return from South Africa as Albert stepped out without his wife on Monday to visit the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco with their twins.

The 62-year-old prince, who already has two illegitimate children, is said to have had a relationship with a Brazilian woman that resulted in a daughter in 2005.

The claim, which was dismissed as a “hoax” by his lawyers, is particularly painful because he was dating Charlene at the time, after meeting the former Olympic swimmer in 2000.

The 34-year-old plaintiff – who cannot be named by name for legal reasons – says she had a passionate affair with Albert, which led to the birth of their daughter – whose name is also a secret – on July 4, 2005.

Albert received a handwritten letter from the now 15-year-old child last September: “I don’t understand why I grew up without a father, and now that I’ve found you, you don’t want to see me.”

Legal documents were also filed, as plaintiff’s lawyers called for Albert to undergo a DNA test — just as he did before finally being identified as the father of two illegitimate children born in the 1990s and early 1990s. 2000s.

In January, Charlene spoke publicly for the first time since the allegations, telling Point de Vue: ‘If my husband has problems, he tells me about them. I often tell him, “Whatever happens, I’m behind you a thousand percent. I’ll stand by you, whatever you do, in good or bad times.”

Passionate: Charlene, who grew up in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, traveled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about how the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa's rhinoceroses helps save

Passionate: Charlene, who grew up in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, traveled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about how the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa’s rhinoceroses helps save

Only fly!  Her husband, Prince Albert, has continued to perform public duties with their children, taking them to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on Monday (pictured)

Only fly! Her husband, Prince Albert, has continued to perform public duties with their children, taking them to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on Monday (pictured)

The mother-of-two went on to say that she also often tells her husband that she will “protect him” and “always be by his side.”

Charlene, who grew up in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, traveled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about how the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is helping South Africa save rhinoceroses from poachers.

The princess participated in conservation operations including rhino tracking and tracking, deployment to the Anti-Poaching Unit, wildlife photography educational sessions, and a white rhino removal and dehorning exercise.

Last public outing together: Charlene and Albert were last photographed in public together in January during the Sainte Devote ceremony in Monaco

It is not known when Charlene first traveled to South Africa.  On April 2, she shared a photo with her husband Prince Albert and their children Jacques and Gabriella, although it is not known where it was taken.

Last public outing together: Charlene and Albert were last photographed in public together in January at the Sainte Devote ceremony in Monaco. On April 2, she shared a photo with her husband Prince Albert and their children Jacques and Gabriella on the occasion of Easter, although it is not clear where it was taken.

Prince Albert stepped out at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 22 in Monte Carlo without his wife, Charlene, after an 'infection' prevented her from returning from South Africa

Prince Albert stepped out at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 22 in Monte Carlo without his wife, Charlene, after an ‘infection’ prevented her from returning from South Africa

Photos of Princess Charlene with the animals and rangers were shared on Instagram.

“This whole experience moved me,” Charlene said.

“I came into contact with wonderful people and spoke to the local trackers and anti-poachers who all have an incredible passion for protecting our rhinoceroses and the environment.”

She continued: ‘It filled me with immense joy to reconnect with the African people and spirit. I was fascinated to learn about the history and culture of the area.

“How fitting to rediscover my love for Africa in a place aptly named Thanda, which means ‘love’ in the Zulu language!”

Aiva-Grace is the daughter of Charlene’s brother Sean Wittstock and his wife Chantell, who was born in Johannesburg in 2016.

Her name is inspired by Charlene’s mother-in-law Grace Kelly,

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