Why didn’t Princess Charlene accompany Prince Philip at the memorial service?

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The Royal Correspondent

Princess Charlene did not attend the memorial ceremony for Prince Philip, which was held on Tuesday, with her husband, Prince Albert of Monaco.


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The 44-year-old was recently reunited with her family in Monaco, where she is still recovering from a recent health scare. The mother-of-two is back in Monaco, according to a statement released by the Prince’s Palace earlier this month, and will continue her “convalescence in the Principality with her husband and children by her side.”


Following an ENT infection she contracted during a tour, the princess spent much of 2021 in South Africa. Since November, she has been receiving treatment in a Swiss clinic.



Princess Charlene collapsed on 1 September due to difficulties following one of multiple procedures for a serious and continuing ear, nose, and throat (ENT) infection, while Prince Albert stated that she was suffering from “emotional and physical weariness.”

The Palace issued the following statement to People after she was brought to Netcare Alberlito Hospital: “Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was admitted to hospital on September 1st after getting ill as a result of complications from a serious ENT infection. Her Highness’ medical team is keeping a close eye on her and reports that she is in good health.”


Prince Philip's memorial ceremony


Meanwhile, over 30 foreign royals, including her husband Albert, were present for Prince Philip’s investiture ceremony. Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, and Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia were among the other royals in attendance.


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There were also 500 delegates from the Duke’s patronages and charities, as well as the Duke’s extended family and friends. The service is scheduled to honour the Duke of Edinburgh’s commitment to “family, nation, and Commonwealth,” as well as his public service and unwavering support for his charities.


It also included several things that were supposed to be part of the late royal’s burial but couldn’t because to COVID-19 regulations at the time.