PARIS – On Monday, Monaco welcomed Princess Charlene’s return to the principality after spending the most of the year in her home South Africa.

Charlene, who marrying Monaco’s ruler Prince Albert in a lavish wedding in 2011, was spotted walking a dog in the principality with her family.

Her visit to South Africa, where she grew up, fuelled concerns about a possible schism among the royal pair, which the family rejected.

Monaco’s royal palace revealed on Instagram that “Princess Charlene has finally been reunited in Monaco with her husband prince Albert and children prince Jacques and princess Gabriella”.

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It was claimed that she had arrived in nearby Nice in the morning on a private plane.

Charlene was photographed wearing a protective face mask in front of the palace’s white stairwells, accompanied by her husband and children.

The princess was admitted to a South African hospital in September for treatment of an ear, nose, and throat infection that caused her to collapse.

The royal palace announced on Monday that Charlene, who represented South Africa in the Olympic Games in 2000, had been “held up in South Africa due to medical difficulties.”