MailOnline learned that Princess Charlene of Monaco might not be able to live in Prince’s Palace with her husband and will not immediately resume public duties.

Charlene Wittstock’s sister in law and public relations officer for the charitable Foundation in South Africa Chantell Wittstock stated that while it was ‘unclear” whether Charlene will live full-time in The Palace but that she would need to recover from an unknown illness in order to return to her formal duties. 

Charlene lived in Monaco in a two-bedroom apartment, 300m from the 12th Century Palace, before she moved on to January. She could possibly return to the house.

These claims will undoubtedly cast doubt on the photocall that Charlene attended earlier in week, when Prince Albert (63) and his children were reunited after a 10-month separation from Monaco. 

Charlene spent many months away from her family in South Africa as she was recovering from surgery to treat a sinus infection which she got on an earlier charity tour.

Happy families? Princess Charlene of Monaco may not live with her husband in the Prince's Palace following her return home, nor even resume her public engagements, MailOnline has learned. Pictured, Charlene with her husband and their children on Monday after her return following 10 months away. The reunion was met with scepticism by French commentators

Are happy families possible? MailOnline learned that Princess Charlene, the Prince of Monaco, may no longer live with her husband at The Prince’s Palace after she returns home. Charlene, her husband and children were photographed on Monday morning after Charlene returned from 10 months’ absence. French commentators were skeptical of the reunion.

Separate lives? Before she left in January, Charlene had raised eyebrows by living in a modest two-bedroom apartment above an old chocolate factory about 300m away, rather than in the Palace itself, as illustrated. There is debate over whether she might return to the property

Separate lives? Charlene lived in an apartment with two bedrooms above a chocolate factory 300m from the Palace. This raised eyebrows before she moved on to January. The possibility of her returning to the property is up for debate.

Low-key: Instead of enjoying palatial rooms overlooking the Mediterranean, and a domestic staff including butlers and cooks, the apartment, pictured, is a pared back apartment

 Low-key: Instead of enjoying palatial rooms overlooking the Mediterranean, and a domestic staff including butlers and cooks, the apartment, pictured, is a pared back apartment

French commentators were skeptical about the reunion that was shared via Instagram amid intense speculation over the status of the Grimaldis’ marriage.

Charlene’s time away followed fresh allegations last December that Albert had fathered a love-child (which would be his third, if proven) with an unnamed Brazilian woman during the time when he and Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, were already in a relationship.

If the Princess will now return to her arm’s-length relationship with Sean her brother Charlene, Ms Wittstock said, “Oh, we don’t know yet.” It’s likely she will commute between the two of them, depending on where she is most comfortable.

“And it’s not clear where she will settle or what her plans are. She’s only recently returned, so everyone is still finding their feet. They are both excited to visit their mom and the Princess is thrilled to see them again.

“So, we’ll find out where she will settle.” She said, “But it will also be with her husband as well as her children.”

Grand return: Charlene spent months without her family in her native South Africa while she recovered from surgery following a sinus infection she contracted during a solo charity trip earlier this year. Pictured, the princess arriving in Monaco on Monday

Charlene made a grand return to Monaco after a lengthy absence from her family. She was recovering from surgery for a sinus infection that she had contracted on a charity solo trip in January. Picture of the Princess arriving in Monaco this Monday 

Carefully choreographed: Albert, 63, was waiting for her at the Monte Carlo helipad, along with their six-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. The family were joined by a hand-picked photographer inside the Palace walls for the 'reunion' photos, pictured

Carefully choreographed: Albert, 63, was waiting for her at the Monte Carlo helipad, along with their six-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. A hand-picked photographer joined the family inside Palace walls to take the “reunion” photos. 

Hidden message? Posting a snap of the reunion on Instagram, Charlene wrote: 'Happy day today. Thankyou all for keeping me strong,' but did not name check her husband

Hidden message? Charlene shared a picture of their reunion via Instagram. She wrote “Happy Day Today.” She thanked all of you for supporting me, but she did not mention her husband.

Delighted to be reunited: Charlene's sister-in-law said she is thrilled to be back with her children. Pictured, Charlene with her son Jacques on her return to Monaco on Monday

Charlene is happy to be together: Charlene’s sister in law said that she was thrilled to see her family again. Charlene and her son Jacques, on Monday when she returned to Monaco 

Charlene was equally uncertain when asked about Charlene’s plans to return to public speaking engagements. She said: “She will absolutely – if all goes well. If she is still in healing and recovery.

It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s clear that she will be relaxing. She will spend her time right now with her kids and family.

Charlene and Albert went on their own solo trips to South Africa and Monaco in nine months. 

January 27,Charlene and Albert are pictured together at the Sainte Devote Ceremony, Monaco.  

March 18 – Charlene is pictured at the  memorial for the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa 

April 2, –Charlene uploads an Instagram photo of Albert, Charlene and their twins Jacques & Gabriella to celebrate Easter.

The exact location of the photo is not known.

May 8 – Albert (with Jacques) and Gabriella are at a Grand Prix Event in Monaco, without Charlene

Mai 10Albert goes to Monaco Gala Awards without Charlene

April 18 Charlene shares her first picture from her conservation trip in South Africa  

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

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

June 5- Charlene puts on a united front 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 in South Africa

June 7 – Albert and the twins attend the World Rugby Sevens without Charlene 

June 17Prince Albert and Princess Caroline of Hanover attend the Red Cross Summer Concert in Monte Carlo 

June 18 – Prince Albert appears alone Monte Carlo TV Festival 

June 24  – Charlene’s foundation releases a statement saying the royal is unable to travel and is undergoing procedures for an ear, nose and throat infection   

July 2 Albert and Charlene celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in a separate ceremony. “This year, I will not be with my husband for our July anniversary, which is hard and it saddens us,” Her Serene Hiness Princess Charlene stated in a statement.

July 3, – Albert appears with glamorous niece Charlotte Casiraghi  at the 15th international Monte-Carlo Jumping event, which is part of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco,

July 27 – Prince Albert  attends Olympics alone in Tokyo

August 13Charlene goes through a four hour operation. It is unknown why. 

August 25, – Charlene shares photos of Prince Albert, Gabriella and Jacques visiting her in South Africa 

August 31Media speculation about the relationship between a couple grows

September 1, 2009 – Charlene, after sudden “collapsing”, is admitted to Netcare Alberlito Hospital.

September 2, – She is discharged, with a statement from the Palais Princier reading: ‘Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying’

September 23, 2009 – Prince Albert attended the 2021 Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health

September 29 – Prince Albert is joined on the red carpet by actress Sharon Stone for a first look at the eagerly anticipated James Bond release 

September 30, – Charlene releases a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching campaign from her South African bolthole 

October 3, – Princess Charlene shares a photograph of herself smiling in front of a bible in her first snap since being discharged from hospital following her health scare

October 5, – Prince Albert attends  Sportel Awards Ceremony in Monte Carlo with nephew Louis Ducruet

October 6, – Albert tells RMC radio Charlene is ‘ready to come home’ 

October 8 South Africa: Princess has surgery

November 8, – Charlene arrives back in Monaco  

“All that we can tell you right now, is that all her South African procedures were successful. Medically, she is now able to fly home. That’s the reason she is back in Monaco, with her family.

When Ms Wittstock was asked about media reports focusing on the marriage of her sister-in law, she replied: “It’s absolutely nothing I can comment upon. However, I can tell you that the princess has returned to Monaco with her husband.

The Princess Charlene of Monte Carlo Foundation promotes wildlife conservation and water safety in Africa. She indicated that it would soon cover the entire continent.

“The primary reason she came to Africa was to start more Foundation projects. She fell ill, and the Foundation South Africa team continued with them all, making sure everything went exactly as she desired.

“Even in recovery and between surgeries, the princess tried to remain completely hands-on, on the ground, and work alongside us. From next year, it will expand into all of Africa.

“As far Charlene is concerned. It’s a positive outlook and it is clear that Charlene is going to be back at her best and go full steam ahead. This is not something that will happen in an instant.

This new development will fuel intense speculation about the future marriage between Charlene and Albert.

French media greeted Monday’s photos with an abundance of skepticalness.

Albert, 63 years old, was waiting with her six-year-old twins Prince Gabriella and Prince Jacques at Monte Carlo helipad. A hand-picked photographer joined the family inside Palace walls to take the “reunion” photos.

There was doubt about their living arrangement.

The ‘Reunion Of Albert and Charlene Monaco: Where do They Sleep?’ Gala in Paris, France was headlined with the following question on Tuesday.

And Voici – another popular magazine read widely across Monaco and France – ran with: ‘Charlene of Monaco back: the Princess breaks the silence and forgets to mention her husband’.

Charlene used this video on social media to express gratitude to everyone who helped her during months of illness.

The shadow of the Palace 12th-century Prince’s Palace was visible in the crowds. People couldn’t hide their concern about Charlene after seeing the pictures of Charlene’s frailty.

One cafe owner, in his 50s and requesting anonymity, said that while they are happy to have her back, she didn’t look good.

He confessed that, in the years before, he had, along with many Monegasques expressed dissatisfaction at Charlene’s less prominent status than other royals.

“There was once a feeling that she had become a reluctant princess,” he stated. “But this time, there is clearly something different. Something’s not right with her, or with the marriage. And for whatever reason, we are not being told why.”

Charlene seems to be in a wall, at least from what she is seeing, since she has fled behind the Palace’s ramparts for now.

Her Palace Press Officer stated she couldn’t return telephone calls to MailOnline and that she didn’t reply to the list of questions we had sent.

There are no new doubts regarding the relationship between Monaco’s royal family and Charlene. MailOnline was informed by several residents who live in Monaco Ville’s narrow alleyways that Charlene spent most of her time at home, not far from the Palace at Chocolate Factory apartment.

One source said that she saw her often outside of the Palace, but she’d usually go alone, or with a guard, and never with Albert. It was clear she preferred to be in her apartment, not the palace.

MailOnline received a second source from Monte Carlo who knew the couple very well. He said that Charlene should proudly return to Palace, and live as if she were a princess.

“That is what Monaco’s people want because they love the Royals and don’t want their Royals living apart.”

Charlene was criticised for her split between multiple properties, including the Palais, which is the official residence for the Sovereign Albert II, before she traveled to South Africa.

Charlene chose to visit the Chocolate Factory instead of living in palatial rooms with views over the Mediterranean and having a staff that includes butlers and cooks.

Charlene, who wed Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011, has been living in her home country of South Africa for much of this year, and the extended stay has stoked speculation that the royal couple may be headed for divorce. Albert took their children to visit in August

Charlene married Prince Albert II, of Monaco, in 2011. She has lived in South Africa most of the year. This has led to speculation about a possible split. Albert brought their children to see them in August

Last Monaco outing together before her departure: Charlene and Albert were last pictured together at an official event together in January at the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco

Last Monaco outing together before her departure: Charlene and Albert were last pictured together at an official event together in January at the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco 

It only had two bedrooms, and had been used in the past by Albert’s sister, Princess Stéphanie.

Stéphanie, 56, led an extremely turbulent personal life herself that included two divorces and high-profile affairs with security guards and an elephant trainer.

Prince Charlene’s troubles and triumphs with the Monaco royals 

1987 – Bea Fiedler claims Daniel, her German topless-model son, was prince’s baby.

1992 – A paternity suit is filed by an American citizen against Prince. She claims that he is the father of Jazmin Grace, her daughter.

2000: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert meet at the Mare Nostrum swimming contest in Monte Carlo

2005 – In May 2005, an ex-flight attendant stated that Prince Albert’s youngest child, Alexandre Grimaldi Coste, was her son. He was proven to be her son by DNA tests, which were requested by the Monegasque government.

A few days prior to his enthronement on 12 July 2012, the Prince confirmed via Lacoste his legal son Alexandre.

2006 – A DNA test proved the parentage of Albert Grace. He then gave a statement to his lawyer confirming that Albert is Jazmin Grace.

2010 – Princess Charlene and Prince Albert Announce Their Engagement

2011, Princess Charlene was said have fled to France two days before her wedding. She had heard that Prince Albert was having a third lover child. Charlene, it was claimed, tried three times to escape South Africa before the arranged marriage. At one point she took refuge at her country’s Paris Embassy.

Officials from Monaco were reported to have tried to coax her into signing a contract between the Prince of Monaco and his reluctant bride, in which she was required by him to give him a legitimate heir. She would then be free to go as she pleased.

Charlene wept during the marriage, as her husband watched in silence. Charlene, Princess Charlene later in the year admitted she felt “very lonely” in Monaco.

2012 – It was claimed that Princess Charlene felt ‘depressed” at the inability to give her husband a valid heir.

2014 – Pregnancy announcement made in May. Charlene, the mother of twins Prince Gabriella and heir apparent to the throne Prince Jacques gave birth in December to twins.

2017 – Princess Charlene travels to Africa and tells the media that she is African. It will be forever. It’s in me and my veins.

2019 – In rare interviews, Princess Charlene admitted it’s sometimes difficult to smile, and that the year was’very painful.’ Another interview revealed she considered motherhood ‘exhausting.

2020: Charlene displays a surprising half-shaved style. Prince Albert of Monaco, who is defending explosive claims that he had a third child with his secret girlfriend prior to marrying Princess Charlene, will be appearing in court.

2021, January 27, 2021: Charlene with Albert at Sainte Devote Ceremony. Monaco. She will be seen for the final time in Monaco this season.

Charlene also escaped Royal protocol and stayed at RocAgel. This mountain retreat is located on the outskirts Monaco, originally built for Albert’s mother Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star Grace Kelly, who was Princess Grace after her tragic car accident on the steep road to RocAgel.

Charlene also visited a vacation home on Corsica, a Mediterranean island.

Paris Match, the celeb bible, has always had particularly close ties with the Grimaldis – the ancient dynasty now headed by Albert and Charlene.

Are Charlene and Albert at Risk of Breaking Up, Match, August’s headline.

It stated that there would be no photograph for the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary.

All the high-end French publications – the kind that Albert and Charlene would normally grant fawning interviews to – concurred.

Madame Figaro, a conservative and upmarket woman ran the headline “Are Charlene II and Albert II of Monaco about to divorce?”

Philippe Delorme, historian and author told the magazine that many people had the wrong impression. It was actually an arrangement marriage.

“Albert” chose Charlene as his wife because she resembled his mom. Charlene was clearly uncomfortable in the Grace Kelly role that they desired her to fill.

Karl Marx stated that history repeats itself.

It was an extravagant three-day celebration that included a concert by Eagles. Photographs of Charlene, the bride, in tears and her husband looking distant raised concerns among some. But Charlene said later that it was not a concern.

Charlene’s absence at every flagship event of the tax haven principality has made her stand out.

These include the Monaco Grand Prix, May 23rd, and Fashion Awards on May 18th hosted by Princess Grace’s charitable foundation.

Charlene famously chopped off half her head like a punk rocker last Christmas.

This was understood to be the first indication of an ever-growing crisis, which could result in a divorce worth millions.

Charlene fled South Africa in a month following the revelation that Albert had filed another paternity suit last December.

An anonymous Brazilian woman claimed that her 15 year-old daughter, who is not allowed to be named due to legal reasons, was born of an affair in which she met Albert in 2004.

Charlene and Albert were not engaged yet, although they knew each other for 4 years following their meeting in Monaco at a gala of swimming in 2000.

The claimant’s lawyers were to request a DNA test at Milan’s court earlier in the year. His own counsel called the move ‘a hoax.

Both parties are not commenting now, which suggests that a generous settlement might have been reached as was the case with Albert’s former love children.

Jazmin Grace Grildi (now 29) and Alexandre Coste (17), are the results of Albert’s affair with an American agent for estates. Alexandre Coste was 17 when Alexandre’s mother is a former Togolese flight attendant.

They were both removed from Monaco’s lineage of succession and received large financial settlements.