Charlene of Monaco: Why she plans to spend more time in South Africa

Princess Charlene of Monaco has been in South Africa since May. This trip has made her even more determined to fight poaching, an illegal practice that threatens many species.

It’s never easy for a parent to be separated from their children, and being a crowned head doesn’t change that. Charlene of Monaco knows something about this, as she has been separated from her six-year-old twins, Prince James and Princess Gabriella, for several months. The princess went to South Africa in May for a trip that was supposed to be short, but various circumstances have extended her stay, as reported by our colleagues of Town & Country.

The wife of Prince Albert of Monaco had initially gone to South Africa in the spring to support the work of his foundation, involved in the preservation of the environment of the region. However, a series of health problems, including surgery to correct an ENT problem, prevented her from flying back to the Rock. Jacques and Gabriella’s mother was able to reunite with her children and husband in August, when they came to visit her in South Africa.

In an interview shared on her Instagram feed, Charlene of Monaco shared on October 15 her desire to return to her Monegasque life. “I can’t wait to get home to my children, who I miss terribly,” she said, adding that any mother “separated from her children for months would feel the same way” as she does.

Fighting poaching

The long African trip seems to have sharpened the princess’s resolve to remain active in wildlife conservation efforts in South Africa in recent months. In the same interview, the 43-year-old former swimmer communicated her willingness to “come back to the KwaZulu-Natal region and continue the work that we have been doing.” In the past, the princess has been involved in similar battles in “many African countries” and other parts of South Africa.

“We are saving lives,” said Charlene of Monaco, referring to the fight against poaching. “I can’t stand by and let this happen,” she said. The Kruger Park, on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, in South Africa, is indeed plagued by an upsurge in this hunting practice. According to the NGO Save the Rhino, rhino poaching dropped by 33% in South Africa in 2020, but the fight must continue, in the eyes of the Monegasque princess.

Photo credits: Bruno Bebert / Bestimage

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