Princess Charlene of Monaco spent much of 2021 in South Africa due to an illness that meant she was unable to return home to Monaco. She went without seeing her two children, seven-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, as well as her husband Prince Albert for this time, and also missed several public engagements. Over the weekend, Princess Charlene took to social media and posted a photograph of her family, wishing royal fans a “Happy Easter”. Express.co.uk spoke to body language expert Judi James about the family dynamic on display.
Judi said: “There appears to be a direct contrast in body language mood here between the quite elegant affection from Charlene and her daughter and the rather rigid awkwardness of Albert and his son.
“Charlene has never really looked very camera-shy throughout her illness and here she greets the lens with an eye-narrowed smile that suggests she is relatively relaxed and comfortable despite looking rather frail.
“She wraps one arm around her daughter and looks down to pay her added attention when she speaks,” she added.
“Both mother and daughter are mirroring each other in a way that suggests their bonds of closeness and affection still stay strong.
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Days after that portrait, Prince Albert revealed his wife had left to seek medical assistance in a Swiss clinic.
Charlene then returned to Monaco in early March continuing her treatment in the principality but has not been seen publicly since.
She has also not resumed her official functions.