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Showing their silly side, the royals held half bear masks up to their face for a funny snap which featured on the front of the auction catalogue

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The royal family with its pomp and circumstance bring billions of tourist pounds into the country each year.

Possibly more than the queen receives.

Yes Axel I think the Americans love to see the royals.  I would not wish to be in their shoes having people watching my every move would you?

The Duchess of Cornwall is 'dreading' the spotlight that will be thrown onto her when Prince Charles becomes King, a royal expert has claimed.

Camilla, 74, was yesterday praised as 'wonderful' after she joined the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie Wessex in representing the Queen, 95, at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.  

Yet according to royal biographer Penny Junor, Camilla will face a 'very difficult time' when the Prince of Wales ascends to the throne.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, is 'dreading' the spotlight that will be thrown onto her when Prince Charles becomes King, a royal expert has claimed

The Duchess of Cornwall is 'dreading' when Prince Charles becomes King | Daily Mail Online

Speaking to The Telegraph, Penny Junor said the Duchess is 'a normal woman who has found herself in an abnormal situation' in being married to the future King       

Speaking to The Telegraph, Penny Junor said the Duchess is 'a normal woman who has found herself in an abnormal situation' in being married to the future King 

 

 

 

 

[according to reports Camilla doesn't wish to be a queen anyway, makes me think of all the things we woman do for our male partners to make them happy!  I never wanted to fly in a plane but I did and each time I am a nervous wreck.]

 

I don't think Camilla can become queen, but will be princess consort.

 

Hi Axel

 

Camilla is legally married to her husband Charles so she could if she wants to be his consort there is nothing stopping her except her!  But she herself has said she doesn't wish to be queen, the spouse can be the consort queen but never the monarch, the same situation that the Queen Mum was in, also the same situation that queen Mary was in and queen Alexandra and also the same situation that Kate is in the future.

 

 

 

Would would love to visit there!

 

 

Jordanian Princess Dana Firas, 51, who is a global advocate for the ancient site's ongoing preservation, played tour guide to Charles and Camilla at the site which featured as Gadara in the bible, and is now known as Umm Qais Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall stroll around ruins in Jordan's ancient city of Gadara | Daily Mail Online       

Jordanian Princess Dana Firas, 51, who is a global advocate for the ancient site's ongoing preservation, played tour guide to Charles and Camilla at the site which featured as Gadara in the bible, and is now known as Umm Qais

[Camilla seems to have been there before.]

Camilla strides on: The wife of the future king appeared to negotiate the steep stone steps at the site's amphitheatre with ease              

Camilla strides on: The wife of the future king appeared to negotiate the steep stone steps at the site's amphitheatre with ease

Charles could be suffering from long Covid

 

 

 

And mum and dad came too!

and little brother and his new wife.

Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, along with her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet,  could all be seen standing and singing the National Anthem       

Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, along with her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet,  could all be seen standing and singing the National Anthem

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood in the royal box as they sang the national anthem during the Royal Variety Performance

 

Kate Middleton debuts a new wavy hair do and dazzles in a recycled custom-made Jenny Packham gown as she and Prince William watch the star-studded Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall Prince William and Kate Middleton, 39, attended star-studded event at London Palladium Theatre tonight Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in recycled green gown by designer Jenny Packham Spectacular show, which takes place annually, is this year hosted by comedian and presenter Alan Carr  Event in aid of Royal Variety Charity aka Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund of which Queen is patron 

By CHLOE MORGAN FOR MAILONLINE and REBECCA ENGLISH ROYAL EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 05:46 AEDT, 19 November 2021 | UPDATED: 11:23 AEDT, 19 November 2021

The Duchess of Cambridge sported a daring new hairstyle – and recycled a stylish dress – as she dazzled at the Royal Variety Performance last night.

Kate, 39, looked sensational in a green sequinned gown by Jenny Packham that she first wore on a 2019 tour of Pakistan.

More eye-catching, however, was her hair. Gone was her familiar bouncy blow dry. Instead, she had tightly curled her locks and swept them over to one side in a more modern style.

It certainly hit the right note for comedian Alan Carr who joked with Prince William that he was 'not hitting on his wife' after complimenting Kate.

Greeting the Royals to the 94th annual performance, which this year was held at the Royal Albert Hall, host Carr said to the duchess: 'You look absolutely beautiful.'

Addressing the duke, who looked smart in a classic navy suede tuxedo, the comedian added: 'Sir, I am sure you do not know who I am but I am not hitting on your wife.'

Before the performance, a posy of flowers was presented to the duchess by ten-year-old Poppy Clee and the show programme was given to the duke by ten-year-old Rowan Clarke, who was asked what music he liked by William.

Last year, the charity event was held at the Blackpool Opera House in front of a virtual audience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

If Australia had not given up the National Anthem of God Save the Queen would we have changed by now by having a President?

Has our Australian National Anthem made us lazy to change our head of state?

Those of us that can remember going to the Theater and the Movies having to stand up and sing God Save the Queen may think about this as I doubt those under 50 today would even bother if they were expected to stand up and sing!

 

Love that green dress.

I was watching a documentary on the Mumbai Bollywood movie makers. The Indian people love the Indian movies and the theatres are always full. One thing I did notice was the Indian flag was shown on the screen before the movie , and everybody stood, adults and children, and they all sang the National Anthem.  I was nice to see them so patriotic. 

Why we're going to be seeing a lot more of Camilla: Duchess of Cornwall will host street party for Queen's Platinum Jubilee next year

The Duchess of Cornwall will play a leading part in celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next year, in a sign of her rising role within the Royal Family.

Royals at war with BBC over 'tittle tattle' documentary: The Queen, Charles and Cambridges unite in threat to boycott corporation over show alleging 'briefing wars between William and Harry' The Queen, Charles and Cambridges unite in threat to boycott BBC over 'tittle tattle'

The Queen has united with Prince Charles and Prince William in a threat to boycott the BBC over a documentary alleging vicious briefing wars between members of the Royal Family. The Palace is furious that the Corporation has refused to let it see The Princes And The Press before it airs on BBC2 tomorrow, and says it will refuse to co-operate on future projects unless it is given a right to respond. Last night, a senior royal source condemned the documentary as 'tittle-tattle' and said the row over the programme had left the 95-year-old Monarch 'upset'. The film is presented by Amol Rajan - a self-declared republican who has described the Monarchy as 'absurd'. In a highly unusual move, the three most senior Royals have joined together to complain to the Corporation - and threatened a 'tri-household' boycott if it goes ahead with the programme as planned. Despite a series of meetings between Prince William's representatives and the Corporation, the source said the BBC was still refusing to show the programme to courtiers before broadcast. Pictured left, Princes Harry and William on July 1 this year, what would have been their mother Princess Diana's 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace for the unveiling of her statue. Pictured right, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walking to the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion in October, and the BBC's media editor Amol Rajan inset.

 

Don't blame them.

The Duke of Cambridge and Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa winner Julie Razafimanahaka pose at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London       

The Duke of Cambridge and Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa winner Julie Razafimanahaka pose at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London

Prince William looks dashing in a royal blue suit as he attends the Tusk Conservation Awards | Daily Mail Online

Admirable cause.

 

King and Queen of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe VI attend reception in Sweden | Daily Mail Online

The Spanish royals (pictured) continued to practice Covid safety regulations by wearing disposable face coverings for the visit       

The Spanish royals (pictured) continued to practice Covid safety regulations by wearing disposable face coverings for the visit 

King Felipe (pictured left, with Letizia) looked dashing in a black suit with a red tie and off-white shirt  

King Felipe (pictured left, with Letizia) looked dashing in a black suit with a red tie and off-white shirt 

 

 

 

The Princess set for the world stage who you've NEVER heard of: Aiko of Japan, 19, who suffered bullying and health issues as a child, will take on royal duties next month (but there's no money in the budget for a new tiara)

Princess Aiko of Japan is set to hit the world stage next month after turning 20 Teenager is an animal lover who is currently studying at university in Tokyo  But 19-year-old daughter of Emperor Naruhito will have to do without a new tiaraShe is reportedly set to be given her aunt's tiara due to the Covid pandemic

By JESSICA GREEN FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 21:57 AEDT, 24 November 2021 | UPDATED: 22:30 AEDT, 24 November 2021

 

 

Princess Aiko of Japan is set to hit the world stage next month as she becomes a working member of the country's imperial family. 

But the 19-year-old, who is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, will have to do without a new tiara and set of jewels when she comes of age next month due to the Covid pandemic. 

The little-known teenager was bullied throughout her school years and battled health issues which meant she missed months of her education.

However once she turns 20 on December 1, the princess will be thrust into the spotlight as she undertakes official engagements and attends galas fit for royalty.  

Yet instead of a new jewellery collection to celebrate this milestone, like ones given to her cousins, Mako Komuro, formerly Princess Mako, and Princess Kako of Akishino, when they came of age, Aiko will be gifted a second-hand piece.

The second-year university student, who studies Japanese literature at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, is set to be given her aunt Sayako Kuroda's tiara, according to Royal Central, due to a lack of budget because of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. 

Princess Aiko of Japan (pictured) is set to hit the world stage next month as she becomes a working member of the country's imperial family  

Princess Aiko of Japan (pictured) is set to hit the world stage next month as she becomes a working member of the country's imperial family

The little-known teenager was bullied throughout her school years and battled health issues which meant she missed months of her education (pictured, in 2016 aged 15)  

The little-known teenager was bullied throughout her school years and battled health issues which meant she missed months of her education (pictured, in 2016 aged 15) 

But the 19-year-old, who is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (pictured together), will have to do without a new tiara and set of jewels when she comes of age next month due to the Covid pandemic  

But the 19-year-old, who is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (pictured together), will have to do without a new tiara and set of jewels when she comes of age next month due to the Covid pandemic

Little is known about the princess, who suffered a difficult period of bullying and anxiety during her childhood which saw her dropping out of school.

On Aiko's eighth birthday, it was revealed her interests included calligraphy, jump rope, and writing poetry.

 

 

 

Meanwhile it was also revealed she grew up playing both piano and violin. 

However in 2010, she was in the press after it emerged she was spending a period away from school after  suffering anxiety over the 'wild behaviour' of fellow schoolboys. 

Instead of a new jewellery collection to celebrate this milestone, like ones given to her cousins, Mako Komuro, formerly Princess Mako, and Princess Kako of Akishino, when they came of age, Aiko will be gifted a second-hand piece (pictured) from her aunt       

Instead of a new jewellery collection to celebrate this milestone, like ones given to her cousins, Mako Komuro, formerly Princess Mako, and Princess Kako of Akishino, when they came of age, Aiko will be gifted a second-hand piece (pictured) from her aunt

She  failed to attend the end-of-year graduation ceremony a and was also absent for a welcoming ceremony for her fellow new third grade students.

She began attending school for just three hours a day, accompanied by her mother, and took other days off complaining of a cold. 

At the time, Palace officials said the princess was having private tuition while not at school.

A year later, she was hospitalised for pneumonia after suffering from a persistent high temperature of around 102.2F and a cough. 

On her return to school, she began playing cello as a member of the school orchestra and learning English. 

Only male heirs descended from a male emperor are eligible for the throne. The family currently has three male heirs: Crown Prince Akishino, Prince Hisahito and Prince Hitachi   

Only male heirs descended from a male emperor are eligible for the throne. The family currently has three male heirs: Crown Prince Akishino, Prince Hisahito and Prince Hitachi

However in 2016, fears were raised again for Aiko's health after she missed a month of school due to fatigue brought on by exam stress. 

Palace officials confirmed the teenager had been complaining of stomach problems and dizziness, which they attributed to studying for exams as well as practising for an athletics event.  

Official images released to mark her 15th birthday sparked concern in the country, with the royal appearing frail in the photographs.  

By the summer of 2018, she made her first solo trip abroad to attend a summer program at Eton College.  

Despite being the only child of the Emperor, who ascended the throne in May 2019, Japanese laws favouring male heirs means Aiko (pictured in 2010 with her parents) is not in the line of succession  

Despite being the only child of the Emperor, who ascended the throne in May 2019, Japanese laws favouring male heirs means Aiko (pictured in 2010 with her parents) is not in the line of succession

Aiko now studies Japanese literature, along with taking additional language courses in English and Spanish, at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. 

Her grandfather, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and uncle, Crown Prince Akishino, also attended the university.

She is also known for her love of animals, having ridden horses since she was a child.

She walks her dog, Yuri, and has raised silkworms since elementary school days.

Her high school graduation paper was titled, 'Cats and dogs in the Heian Period through literature.' 

A statement previously released by the Imperial Household described Aiko as hardworking and said she sometimes turned to her father and mother, Empress Masako, for help with her assignments, according to the Japan Times.

Official images released to mark her 15th birthday in 2016 sparked concern in the country, with the royal appearing frail in the photographs (pictured)  

Official images released to mark her 15th birthday in 2016 sparked concern in the country, with the royal appearing frail in the photographs (pictured) 

She will become a working member of the country's imperial family next month, when she will wear a second-hand tiara first worn by Sayako to celebrate the milestone. 

Sayako, formerly Princess Sayako, is the only sister of Emperor Naruhito, and wore the tiara during her fifteen years of being a working member of the imperial family.

However, she hasn't sported the glittering piece since 2005, when in November that year she married Yoshiki Kuroda, an urban planner working for the city of Tokyo.

At her wedding, Sayako, who is currently the Supreme Priestess at the Ise Grand Shrine, lost her imperial status due to a rule that strips imperial princesses of their titles if they choose to marry commoners.

Sayako still owns her tiara since it was reportedly made with funds from her father's living expense allowance, rather than paid for by public funds.

Her grandfather, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and uncle, Crown Prince Akishino, also attended the university. Pictured with her parents in 2017  

Her grandfather, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and uncle, Crown Prince Akishino, also attended the university. Pictured with her parents in 2017

Princess Aiko (centre) waves to well-wishers along with her parents prior to attending her graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Girls' Junior High School on March 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan  

Princess Aiko (centre) waves to well-wishers along with her parents prior to attending her graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Girls' Junior High School on March 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

But the move to borrow the 'hand-me-down' piece to Aiko has apparently caused some surprise, according to The Court Jeweller, after the princess' cousins received new jewels.

The blog, written by American historian and royal expert Lauren Kiehna, reported that the Imperial Household Agency did not set aside money in the annual budget for a new tiara and jewels as a cost-saving measure amid the pandemic. 

The tiara is being adjusted to fit Aiko's head better ahead of her coming of age ceremonies - which will not include the usual banquet or any similar type of gathering due to the Covid crisis. 

Despite being the only child of the Emperor, who ascended the throne in May 2019, Japanese laws favouring male heirs means Aiko is not in the line of succession.

Instead Aiko will be passed over in favour of her uncle, Crown Prince Fumihito, while his two eldest children Mako and Kako lose out to their younger brother, Prince Hisahito, 15. 

There is a shortage of male heirs among the Imperial Household, which has shrunk to just 18 members, three of whom are eligible heirs. Pictured, Princess Aiko is seen on arrival at the Imperial Palace to greet the Emperor and Empress on her 17th birthday on December 1, 2018  

There is a shortage of male heirs among the Imperial Household, which has shrunk to just 18 members, three of whom are eligible heirs. Pictured, Princess Aiko is seen on arrival at the Imperial Palace to greet the Emperor and Empress on her 17th birthday on December 1, 2018

There is only one other man - the Emperor's 85-year-old uncle, Prince Hitachi - who is eligible under current rules.

However it appears the Japanese public is ready for a change. A poll conducted by Kyodo News in October 2019 revealed 81.9 percent of the public are in favour of a reigning Empress.

Aiko's cousin Mako from Japan was seen getting her first taste of life as a commoner in New York City where she's now living with her new husband, Kei Komuro, after sensationally giving up her royal title last month.

The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito was spotted over the weekend for the first time since trading Tokyo's Imperial Palace for the bright lights of the Big Apple.

The former royal, 30, who now goes simply by Mako Komuro, made a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond Friday to pick up some home essentials for the couple's new marital home in Hell's Kitchen.

The second-year university student (pictured with her parents), who studies Japanese literature at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, is set to be given her aunt Sayako Kuroda's tiara, according to Royal Central, due to a lack of budget because of the ongoing health crisis  

The second-year university student (pictured with her parents), who studies Japanese literature at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, is set to be given her aunt Sayako Kuroda's tiara, according to Royal Central, due to a lack of budget because of the ongoing health crisis

In 2016, fears were raised for the health of Aiko after she had missed a month of school due to fatigue brought on by exam stress. 

Palace officials confirmed at the time that the then 14-year-old had been complaining of stomach problems and dizziness, which they attributed to studying for exams as well as practising for an athletics event.

Aiko, then known as the princess who never smiles, is the only child of Emperor  Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako, who also suffered from a stress-related health condition for more than 10 years.

The Empress withdrew from public life for almost a decade following the birth of Aiko, which came following criticism for not producing a male heir. 

The grand master at Naruhito's palace told reporters that Aiko had been struggling with her health - adding that a palace hospital health check found no major problem and that she did not have to stay in bed all day.

However, it was not the first time the Japanese Palace confirmed that Aiko had been absent from school.

In 2010, a spokesman for the family said the then eight-year-old princess had stayed away from her elementary school after being bullied by boys in her class.

Aiko (pictured with her parents in 2019) studies Japanese literature, along with taking additional language courses in English and Spanish, at Gakushuin University in Tokyo  

Aiko (pictured with her parents in 2019) studies Japanese literature, along with taking additional language courses in English and Spanish, at Gakushuin University in Tokyo

He added that she had complained of stomach ache and had expressed feeling deep anxiety.

However, a spokesman from the school she attended at the time said the incident may have been a misunderstanding resulting from a collision as the children changed shoes.

Meanwhile, in July 2021, Japan ruled out allowing women to ascend to the throne, amid a looming succession crisis in the country's shrinking imperial family.

A government advisory panel, made up of 21 members from various fields, is attempting to find a solution, and will not even consider allowing imperial princess to reign, The Times reported at the time, citing Japanese media.

There is public support for allowing princesses to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, but such a move is strongly opposed by Japan's ruling conservative nationalists.

Princess Aiko is seen after her meeting with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace on April 30, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan  

Princess Aiko is seen after her meeting with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace on April 30, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese imperial family is considered to be the world's oldest monarchy, with an unbroken line of male succession that can be traced back two millennia.

Before Tokyo's defeat in World War II, Aiko's great-grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, was worshipped as a living god. 

Mythology, recognised by the Imperial House, has the legendary Emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of a sun goddess and a storm god, as the first of 126 Japanese emperors leading up to the current Emperor Naruhito.

But the future of the imperial line is in peril because of strict rules which state only male heirs are eligible to sit upon the throne.

There is a shortage of male heirs among the Imperial Household, which has shrunk to just 18 members, three of whom are eligible heirs. 

Once she turns 20 on December 1, the princess (pictured) will be thrust into the spotlight as she undertakes official engagements and attends galas fit for royalty  

Once she turns 20 on December 1, the princess (pictured) will be thrust into the spotlight as she undertakes official engagements and attends galas fit for royalty

The decrease is primarily due to a rule that strips imperial princesses of their titles if they choose to marry commoners.

How the Japanese imperial family is a man's world 

Female members of the Imperial family have no claim to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

They also lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner. This law does not apply to male royals.

Few of former Emperor Akihito's children and grandchildren are male, meaning there was a shortage of heirs to the throne. 

Akihito was succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, who ascended the throne on May 1, 2019. 

Naruhito has a daughter but no sons, meaning, his younger brother Akishino is now next in line, followed by Hisahito, Akishino's 15-year-old son. 

Akihito's three other grandchildren are all women so after Hisahito, the only person left in the line of succession is Princess Mako's younger brother. 

After that there are no more eligible males, meaning the centuries-old succession would be broken if the young heirs do not have any sons of their own.

So far the monarchy has an unbroken 2,600-year-long line of male succession. 

Those who are concerned about the future of the royal family want to allow women to succeed the throne and others to keep their royal status so they can keep performing public duties - but a government panel on the emperor's abdication avoided the divisive issue. 

Traditionalists, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, strenuously oppose such changes, even though Japan has occasionally been ruled by female sovereigns in past centuries.  

 

The option to consider whether a woman could ascend to the throne was mooted three years ago following the decision to allow the historic abdication of then Emperor Akihito, 87.

In order to secure opposition party support for the move, the government promised to examine possible reforms to imperial succession.

However, the process has been delayed, with formal discussions only launching in April this year.

Traditionalists in government argue there is still time to find an alternative solution as Naruhito, 61, is healthy and the family has male heirs in his brother, Crown Prince Akishino, 55, and his 15-year-old nephew Prince Hisahito.

The only other eligible heir is Prince Hitachi - the emperor's ailing 85-year-old uncle.

Opinion polls suggest the vast majority of the Japanese public supports women being eligible to reign.

A number of politicians, including more liberal members of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Liberal Democratic Party are also supportive.

'Within the ruling party, there is a longing for [Princess Aiko] to ascend the throne,' The Japan Times quoted a senior government official as saying this month.

But current Imperial Household Law, established in 1947, states that only a male descendant of a male emperor can succeed to the throne.

Japan has had eight female monarchs between the sixth and 18th centuries, however none came through a female line of descent. 

One option for reform would be allowing women to keep their imperial status after marrying, regardless of their husbands' status, so that any future sons could join the line of succession.

This is opposed by traditionalists who argue that legitimate succession can only pass through the male line.

Another possibility to be raised by the panel relates to former aristocratic families, whose imperial status was abolished during the U.S. Occupation of Japan following the empire's defeat in the Second World War.

The proposal suggests that scions of these families could be adopted into the emperor's family.

Yet another option, which also concerns these formerly imperial families, would see an effective restoration of the aristocracy with the male members being reinstated.

Traditionalists worry that any reform to the rules of succession threatens the legitimacy, and therefore the stability, of the Imperial Household.

Reformists, on the other hand, argue that the Imperial House must adapt to survive.

March and April survey conducted by Kyodo News showed 87 per cent of respondents backed a reigning empress, while 80 per cent were in favour of a female-line emperor.

Taro Kano, a cabinet member tipped as a potential future prime minister, has voiced support for the move to allow princesses to ascend the throne.

'I think it is possible that imperial princesses, including Princess Aiko, could be accepted as the next monarch,' he said.

'There is only one next-generation heir to the throne [at the moment]. We need to consider what to do when there are no longer any male heirs left.'

 

Princess Charlene 'almost died' following surgery for mystery illness | Daily Mail Online 

 


Princess Charlene 'almost died' after sinus surgery and has 'lost nearly half her body weight' due to being 'unable to swallow', sources tell Page Six - and say it's 'unfair' to portray her as struggling with mental health issues

Princess Charlene 'almost died' after having surgery to address swallowing issues stemming from a severe throat infection, a source has claimed Source slammed hints at mental health issues and said she's lost half her weight The Princess, 43, returned from her native South Africa last week but spent only 10 days in Monaco before being admitted to a facility after a family intervention Prince Albert, who shares six-year-old twins Gabriella and Jacques with his wife Charlene, told the media: 'She realized herself that she needed help'. It is rumoured there is a rift between the royals amid allegations of his infidelity

By JESSICA RACH FOR MAILONLINE

Princess Charlene of Monaco 'almost died' after having surgery to address swallowing issues stemming from a severe throat infection, a source has claimed.

The princess, 43, has been at the centre of an ongoing saga surrounding the royal's health after her husband Prince Albert of Monaco, 64, revealed Charlene has been admitted to a 'treatment facility' where she will remain for 'at least several' weeks.

The royal claimed it became 'evident she was unwell' within hours of her return to Monaco following 10 months in South Africa, and staged an intervention with her family.

And now a new source has spoken to Page Six and slammed the 'portrayal of mental health issues', claiming that the extent of her health complications are being 'downplayed' and the mother-of-two has lost 'half of her body weight'.

Princess Charlene of Monaco 'almost died' after having surgery to address swallowing issues stemming from a severe throat infection, a source has claimed (Charlene is pictured looking thin in recent months)  

Princess Charlene of Monaco 'almost died' after having surgery to address swallowing issues stemming from a severe throat infection, a source has claimed (Charlene is pictured looking thin in recent months)

 

Poor woman ... she looks so frail.

William's “burden” he hid from Kate Maddison Leach  3 hrs ago    Like1 Comment|   11Prince William has opened up about the experiences he didn’t want to bring home to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during his time as a search and rescue pilot. He gave up the job in July 2017, but confessed on Thursday that he still thinks about his time with the air ambulance often.© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Prince William has opened up about the experiences he didn’t want to bring home to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during his time as a search and rescue pilot. He gave up the job in July 2017, but confessed on Thursday that he…

Prince William has opened up about the experiences he didn't want to bring home to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during his time as a search and rescue pilot.

During the early years of their marriage, the Duke of Cambridge worked for the RAF Search and Rescue and the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

He gave up the job in July 2017, dedicating himself to royal duties full-time, but confessed on Thursday that he still thinks about his time with the air ambulance often.

The future king spoke at The Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd The future king spoke at The Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.

"I remember the pressure of attending calls in the most stressful conditions, sometimes with tragic conclusions," he told the crowd at The Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.

"I remember the sense of solidarity with my team, pulling together to do the best we could and sharing the weight of responsibility."

The future king then revealed how the role weighed on his relationship with Catherine, as he never wanted to burden her with the things he had seen and experienced.

"I also remember returning home with the stresses and strains of the day weighing on my mind, and wanting to avoid burdening my family with what I had seen," William said.

Having gone through those experiences himself, William voiced his praise and admiration for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic during the symposium.

The event was also attended by 200 leaders across emergency services including fire, ambulance, police and search and rescue, and William stressed how important it is that people in these fields get the support they need.

"Mental health is, and will remain, a firm priority for the UK's emergency services," the Duke of Cambridge said.

He then announced the landmark Blue Light Together initiative, which will provide specialist support to emergency responders and their families.

Explaining that it will implement a uniform set of standards when it comes to mental health support in the emergency services, William called the initiative a "crucial step".

"This is a crucial step in ensuring that the staff and volunteers who work so tirelessly for our nation can be properly protected," he added.

This isn't the first time the future king has spoken candidly about how working as a search and rescue pilot impacted him and wife Kate.

At the start of 2021, the duo appeared in a video talking about bereavement - a subject that William has been refreshingly honest about when it comes to his own experiences.

William gave up his work with the air ambulance in 2017.© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd William gave up his work with the air ambulance in 2017.

"Something that I noticed from my brief spell flying the air ambulance with the team is, when you see so much death and so much bereavement, it does impact how you see the world," he said.

"It impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there."

William gave up his work with the air ambulance in 2017 to transition into full-time royal work but has continued to voice his support for the incredible work the service does.

 

The air ambulance is such a vital service as is the Flying Doctor Service in Australia.

 

Eldest member of the Romanov family dies aged 98: How British-born Prince Andrew Andreevich spent his childhood at Frogmore Cottage before moving to US with $1,000 and becoming a painter

Eldest member of the Romanov family, Prince Andrew Andreievich, dies aged 98

Prince Andrew Andreevich was born in London in 1923, growing up in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor where he regularly brushed shoulders with then Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret (left and right). He belonged to the fourth branch of the Mikhailovich line of the House of Romanov, and his great-great grandfather was the Emperor Nicholas I.

 

In the 1970s and '80s, Prince Andrew and Inez were raising their blended family of six children in true 'Brady Bunch' style (pictured together)              

In the 1970s and '80s, Prince Andrew and Inez were raising their blended family of six children in true 'Brady Bunch' style (pictured together

Hang on to your seat belts royals. Ghislaine will spill all the beans about randy Andy. Poor Lilibet, I feel sorry for her.

Queen Elizabeth the times you don't often notice her!

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