Prince Albert has come forward to explain why Princess Charlene travelled to South Africa in the first place! In a special interview with People, the royal addressed Charlene's current circumstances, explaining why he has waited until now to address the rumours surrounding her stay.

Prince Albert says Princess Charlene "didn't go into exile"

Prince Albert was emphatic that Princess Charlene "didn't leave Monaco in a huff," as some have suggested. He explained to People that the royal travelled to her homeland back in May for both business and pleasure, looking to "reassess her Foundation's work down there and to take a little time off with her brother and some friends."

While the visit "was only supposed to be a weeklong, 10-day maximum stay," according to Albert, he cited his wife's health as the reason for its extension. After Charlene had a serious infection following surgery that affected her ears, nose, and throat, she found herself having to remain in South Africa for months. 

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Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert in 2020

Albert made it clear that his wife "didn't go into exile" and has remained in the country for medical reasons. He also expected the rumours of marital strife between them would die down, saying that "of course" this speculation negatively impacts both of them. The royal opened up about Charlene's current health earlier this month, sharing that she's now recovering and "ready to come home" to be with him and their children after her latest surgery.