Princess Charlene of Monaco has paid tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu after he passed away in hospital aged 90 over the weekend.

Tutu was first diagnosed with prostate cancer late in 1990s. In recent years, he was admitted to hospital on multiple occasions for complications related to his cancer treatment.

Charlene (44), is currently in recovery in a facility in an undisclosed area after she was sent home with ‘exhaustion’ in the days following her return from Monaco in November. This follows a 10-month absence from her homeland South Africa.

Princess Charlene of Monaco has paid tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu after he passed away in hospital aged 90 over the weekend

Following the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the age of 90, Princess Charlene de Monaco, has made a tribute to him.

Charlene took to Instagram to post a picture of her smiling couple together. 

My dear friend, I will miss you. Your father is always with you.(sic)

I will cherish fond memories of you. Your laughter will always be in my heart. Rejoice in peace.

The Office of the Archbishop of South Africa released a statement Sunday on behalf of the Tutu Family, saying that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and veteran of South Africa’s fight against white minority rule had ‘died peacefully this morning at the Oasis frail care centre in Cape Town’. The cause of death was not disclosed by the officials. 

Charlene was a part of an initiative to raise funds for charity in 2011 when she met Desmond at numerous times, including at her home in Cape Town’s Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre.

Taking to Instagram to share a picture of the smiling duo together, Charlene wrote: 'My dear friend, you will be missed. I know that you are at our fathers side.

Charlene posted a photo of them together on Instagram and wrote, “My dear friend. You will be missed.” Your father is always with you.

'I will always have fond memories of us. And your laughter will remain in my heart forever. Rest In Peace.' Charlene wrote

I will cherish fond memories of you. Your laughter will always be in my heart. Rest in Peace. Charlene wrote

Last week’s palace statement revealed that Prince Albert and his children planned to visit Charlene over the holiday season, while also asking for privacy.

The mother-of-two shared a sketched Christmas portrait of her family and ‘wished everyone a beautiful and safe festive season’. 

The seventh birthday celebration of Gabriella and Jacques, the royal’s twins, was missed by the princess earlier in the month. However, she shared pictures of the event on Instagram with the caption: ‘Happy Birthday my babies.

“Thanks God, for blessing me so many wonderful children. Truly blessed. Mother, I love you.

According to reports, the princess is undergoing a satisfactory and encouraging recovery. However it could take several months for her full health to recover.  

A source close to the royal said that Page Six was being unfairly portrayed by a friend as someone with a mental or emotional problem.

“We don’t know the reason why she is being downplayed by the palace that she almost lost her life in South Africa.”

Princess Charlene shared a sketched Christmas portrait (pictured) of her family and 'wished everyone a beautiful and safe festive season' as she remains in a treatment facility

Princess Charlene sent a sketched portrait of her family (pictured), and she wished them all a happy and safe Christmas season as she is in hospital.

Sources said that the royal was suffering from severe ear and nose infections, which led to severe swallowing and sinus problems.

She added that her friend had been through many operations and she is no longer able to eat solid food for the past six months. Her body has lost almost half its weight since she was unable to drink liquids without a straw. 

Elsewhere friends of Princess Charlene gave Tatler a rare insight into what the royal is really like, insisting that the former swimmer is a force to be reckoned with. 

According to one source, Charlene was not ‘naive’ or trapped in an unhappy marital relationship with Albert. 

However, one cautioned that the seven-year-old mother of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques was not to be trusted by the Monaco royals.

“Charlene is not Princess Di.” One of them said. ‘She may come across as being extremely naïve, but nothing could be further from the truth. She’s very adept at hiding her intellect.

Prince Albert continues to appear with his twins, Jacques & Gabriella. At a Monaco tree planting ceremony and Monaco National Day celebrations the trio was joined by their twins, Prince Albert and Gabriella. There, the children held heartfelt signs reading, “Miss you Mama” and, “Love you Mommy.”

Charlene was forced to leave following new allegations that Albert, an ex-swimmer for South Africa and Charlene had a child with a Brazilian woman. 

The post comes as Charlene, 44, recovers in a treatment facility in an undisclosed location after being sent away suffering from 'exhaustion' within days of her return to Monaco in November, following a 10-month absence in her native South Africa (seen with Prince Albert and their children)

Charlene (44), is currently in recovery in an undisclosed treatment center after she was sent home with ‘exhaustion’ in the days following her return from Monaco in November. She had been absent for 10 months in South Africa.

Last week Palais Princier announced that Princess Charlene is still some 'months away' from a full recovery

Palais Princier last week announced that Princess Charlene was still some “months” away from full recovery

Timeline: Prince Albert & Princess Charlene are separated for 10 months

January 27, 2018 – Charlene with Albert at Sainte Devote Ceremony Monaco.

March 18th – Charlene is photographed at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Memorial at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace. Nongoma (South Africa)

April 2, 2016 – Charlene shares an Instagram pic of Albert, her twins Jacques, and Gabriella in order to celebrate Easter.

It’s not clear where this image was taken.

May 8, 2018 – Gabriella, Jacques, and Albert attend a Grand Prix in Monaco sans Charlene

May 10, 2018 – Albert goes to Monaco Gala Awards without Charlene

April 18th – Charlene posts her first photo from South Africa’s conservation trip

June 1 – Prince Albert II (Jacques) and Gabriella are at Oceanic Museum Monaco

June 3, 2013 – Charlene takes new photographs of her conservation trip

June 5, Charlene presents a united front when she takes a picture with her family in celebration of her niece’s fifth year.

June 7, Albert and his twins will attend the World Rugby Sevens Without Charlene

June 17th – Prince Albert goes to Monte Carlo Red Cross Summer concert with Princess Caroline of Hanover

June 18 – Prince Albert appears alone Monte Carlo TV Festival

June 24, 2010 – Charlene’s Foundation issues a statement that says the royal can no longer travel because he is currently undergoing treatment for an ear nose, throat and sinus infection

July 2nd – Albert and Charlene celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. “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, 2018 – Albert and Charlotte Casiraghi, a glamorous niece, appear at the 15th Monte-Carlo Jumping competition, part of Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco.

July 27th – Prince Albert is the only person who attends Olympics in Tokyo

Charlene is operated on for four hours by Charlene. There is no reason.

August 25, 2010 – Charlene shared photos of Prince Albert and Gabriella visiting her in South Africa

September 1: Charlene is admitted to Netcare Alberlito Hospital under a alias after her sudden collapse.

September 2, 2009 – Her Highness is released. A statement was issued by the Palais Princier stating that Her Highness’ condition is being closely monitored and Her medical team has not found any concerns.

September 23rd – Prince Albert is attending the 2021 Monte Carlo Gala in Planetary Health

September 29, 2009 – Prince Albert and actress Sharon Stone join the Red Carpet for an exclusive look at James Bond’s eagerly awaited release.

September 30, 2010 – Charlene released a chic video to promote her anti-poaching campaign. It was shot from South Africa’s bolthole.

October 3, 2012 – Princess Charlene shared a photo of her smiling before a Bible in her first picture since she was discharged from the hospital after her medical scare.

October 5, 2018 – Prince Albert and nephew Louis Ducruet attend the Sportel Awards Ceremony at Monte Carlo

October 6, 2006 – Albert informs RMC Radio Charlene that he is ready to return home

October 8, 2012 – South Africa Princess underwent surgery

November 8 – Charlene arrives back in Monaco. Prince Albert stated that it was clear within an hour she was unwell.

November 13th – Prince Albert visits Expo 2020 Dubai, but without Princess Charlene

Prince Albert, Charlene’s brother and sister-in law holds an intervention. Charlene then ‘confirms’ that she wants’real medically framed’ treatment outside of Monaco after her return.

November 16, 2017 – Princess Charlene won’t be attending the National Day Celebrations in November 19th, according to Royal House.

Prince Albert, without Princess Charlene, attends the Monaco Red Cross Event

November 17th – Prince Albert tells Princess Charlene that she has fled Monaco. He is currently recovering at a secret location

November 19, 2009 – Prince Albert announces that Charlene has been admitted to a facility “elsewhere in Europe” following a family intervention


For his peaceful opposition to apartheid, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Ten years later, Tutu witnessed the fall of apartheid and presided over a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was established to discover atrocities perpetrated during those terrible days.

He was a strong advocate against white majority tyranny and, even though it ended, he continued to fight for fair South Africa.

In his dying years, he was disappointed that his vision of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ had not been realized.

Following the announcement, tributes came in from all over the globe.

According to the Queen, she was ‘deeply sorry’ for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death. She said that he had ‘tirelessly advocated human rights across South Africa’.

According to the Duke and Duchess, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was “remembered” for his optimism, moral clarity and joyful spirit.

Last week Palais Princier announced that Princess Charlene is still some ‘months away’ from a full recovery. 

From left: Tutu, Nelson Mandela and former South African President Frederik W de Klerk chat on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town during the official announcement of the Nobel Peace Project in 2003

Left to right: Nelson Mandela, Tutu and Frederik W. de Klerk talk on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfronts in Cape Town at the Nobel Peace Project’s 2003 announcement

Making an elequent point about the Israellis and Palestinians making a lasting Peace as he speaks to the Peres Center for Peace January 11. Tutu had said that, 'if South Africa could make peace then certainly Israel and the Palestinians can and will'

As he addresses the Peres Center for Peace, January 11, Tutu makes a powerful point about Israellis making peace and the Palestinians making lasting Peace. Tutu stated that if South Africa can make peace, then surely Israel and Palestine can and will.

Timeline: A schoolteacher’s son inspired transformation

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of South Africa was an icon for progress around the globe. MailOnline reflects on his life and legacy following his passing Sunday.

1931 – Desmond Tutu, born in Klerksdorp (170 km /105 mi) west of Johannesburg.

1943 – Tutu joins Anglican Church with his Methodist family.

1947: Tutu becomes ill from tuberculosis as he is studying in a secondary school close to Sophiatown, Johannesburg. After recovering from his illness, he makes friends with a priest to serve in the church.

1948 – In the lead-up to 1948’s national elections, the white National Party starts apartheid. This party wins support from white voters, who wish to preserve their control over the Black majority.

1955 – Tutu wed Nomalizo Leah Shenxane. He begins to teach at the Johannesburg high school where his father is headmaster.

1958: Tutu leaves the school and refuses to teach in a system that encourages racism against Black students. He is ordained a priest.

1961 – After studying theology, he is ordained an Anglican priest.

1962: Tutu returns to Britain to learn theology at King’s College London.

1966 – Tutu returns home to South Africa where he starts teaching theology at an Eastern Cape seminary. He makes his opposition to apartheid views public.

1975 – Tutu become the first Black Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg.

1976 – He was appointed bishop of Lesotho.

1978 – Becomes first black secretary-general of South African Council of Churches. A highly influential and active group of 15 million, it is involved in the fight against apartheid. 

1980 – As the South African Council of Churches’ general secretary, Tutu heads a delegation of church leaders who meet with Prime Minister PW Twohla, asking him to end apartheid. The meeting is historic because a Black leader meets a white senior government official, even though nothing happens. Tutu is deported by the government.

1984 – Tutu wins the Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in bringing about the fall of the white minority rulership.

1985 – Tutu become the first Black bishop of Johannesburg. Tutu publicly supports an economic boycott in South Africa as well civil disobedience, which he believes will help to abolish apartheid.

1986 – Tutu, the first Black bishop of Cape Town is appointed and heads the Anglican Church of the Province of Southern Africa. He mediates conflict between Black protesters, government security forces and other leaders of the church.

1990 – State president FW de Klerk disbands the African National Congress, (ANC), and announces that he plans to free Nelson Mandela.

1991 – The state repeals Apartheid laws, racist restrictions and begins power sharing talks with 16 anti-apartheid organizations.

1994 – Mandela wins power as the ANC leader in South Africa’s first democratic election. Tutu invents the term ‘Rainbow Nation,’ which describes the merging of diverse races after apartheid South Africa.

1994 – Mandela requests Tutu’s chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was established to record and sometimes grant amnesty for perpetrators under apartheid.

1996 – Tutu leaves the church and focuses solely on his commission. He is named Archbishop Emeritus after he continues to advocate for equality and reconciliation.

1997 – Tutu gets diagnosed with prostate carcinoma. Since then, he has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of recurring infections.

2011 – After the South African government refused the Tibetan spiritual leader a visa, the Dalai Lama opens the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture. He does it via satellite link.

2013 – Tutu speaks out about the ANC. Because the party has done such a poor job of addressing violence, inequality and corruption, he said he would no longer vote.

2013. Tutu is dubbed the’moral compass’ of the nation and declares support for gay rights. He also stated that he will never worship a God homophobic.

2016 – Joins advocacy for assisted death 

2021 – A frail looking Tutu is wheeled to his old parish, St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. This was a refuge for anti-apartheid activist activists and it will be the site of a special thanksgiving ceremony.

December 26, 2021: Tutu, age 90, dies in Cape Town.