Princess Charlene of Monaco had actually planned to stay in South Africa only for a conservation project in Spring 2021. Due to illness, however, her stay was considerably longer. Shortly after Charlene returned home to Monaco, she had to go to a clinic again.

"The princess is not suffering from any serious or incurable disease," said her husband Prince Albert, to reassure concerned fans. Now, for the first time, Charlene's father Mike Wittstock has spoken out about her state of health.

Princess Charlene health update from her father

According to News24, the South African was not able to visit his daughter once in their home country due to COVID-19 fears and Charlene's vulnerable condition.

But Princess Charlene and her father found a way to keep in touch anyway. He told the outlet: "We spoke regularly on the phone, and I speak with the twins. We have a great relationship."

Despite his daughter's poor health, Mike remains optimistic and trusts the strength of the former swimmer. "My daughter used to swim 20km a day. Based on the way she used to train, I know she's tough and will get through this and come out much stronger," said Mr. Wittstock.

At the moment, Princess Charlene is staying in a clinic outside Monaco. This is certainly not easy for the 43-year-old. Her husband Prince Albert and their twins Gabriella and Jacques, 6, only saw her briefly in November before she re-entered a clinic.

Princess Charlène

On his wife's sudden return to hospital, Albert said to People magazine: "She was overwhelmed and couldn't face official duties, life in general or even family life." Charlene went to a clinic of her own free will after an intervention, Albert explained.

And Prince Albert wanted to make clear that the decision had nothing to do with their marriage. "This has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear. These are not problems within our relationship," the 63-year-old said.

Charlene's state of health appears to be a result of many operations and treatments. Prince Albert emphasized it is "not" related to COVID-19 or any form of cancer but to "several factors which are private."