It's been less than two weeks since Princess Charlene, 43, returned to Monaco. Prince Albert's wife had spent six months in her native South Africa, where she was recovering from a severe ear, nose and throat infection.

Now, Charlene has left home once again to be treated by specialists outside of Monaco. In an interview with People magazine today, Prince Albert explained the circumstances.

Prince Albert: Charlene was exhausted after Monaco return

Albert is worried about the physical and mental "exhaustion" of his wife Charlene. "She was overwhelmed and couldn't face official duties, life in general or even family life," he said.

Concerned about the princess, the family intervened immediately. Albert had a serious talk with her together with Charlene's brothers and her sister-in-law. The decision came after Charlene cancelled a major appearance days after returning to Monaco.

Princess Charlene sought professional care herself

After the intervention, Princess Charlene went to a clinic of her own free will to receive treatment, Albert said. And the decision had nothing to do with their at-times troubled marriage. He added there are "several factors which are private matters."

The 63-year-old continued: "I'm probably going to say this several times, but this has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear. These are not problems within our relationship."

Charlene's state of health is a result of the many operations and treatments that she had to endure over the past few months. It also unrelated to any cosmetic surgery, Albert clarified. He added: "Because I know there are rumors out there, let me say: This is not COVID. And it's not cancer-related."

Princess Charlene is separated from her twins again

Unfortunately, Princess Charlene is separated from her twins Jacques and Gabriella, 6, again due to these circumstances. Prince Albert assures, however, that the twins will visit their mother.

Hopefully Jacques and Gabriella won't have to wait long until Charlene can finally embrace them again. According to Prince Albert, however, the two understand that their mother is currently unwell.

He himself has lots to do at this time of year and therefore doesn't have "time to be going around with a too-sad face." Albert hopes that his wife will soon be better and looks confidently to the future: "I know we'll get through this."