Princess Charlene won't be able to reunite with her husband, Prince Albert, for their 10th wedding anniversary, as she is recovering from surgery in South Africa.
The palace confirmed that the 43-year-old went under the knife this week "to address complications from a previous operation." The blonde beauty underwent surgery for an ENT infection, which she contracted after returning to Africa.
"This year will be the first time that I will not be with my husband on our wedding anniversary in July, which is difficult and saddens me," she said in a statement. "However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the instructions of the medical team, even if it was extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me."
"My daily conversations with Albert and my children help me keep my spirits up a lot, but I miss their presence very much. I was lucky to have their visit to South Africa, and it was really wonderful to see them. I can't wait for us to be together," she admitted.
Since Charlene got the surgery on Wednesday, June 23, she has to stay in South Africa for the foreseeable future; she will have to undergo another procedure as well.
Prince Albert visited South Africa with their two children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, earlier this month. The palace revealed that the trio will travel back to the country again.
On Thursday, June 24, the former Olympic swimmer gave a sweet shout-out to her hubby. "Happy anniversary Albert. Thank you for the blessing of our beautiful children. ❤️," she captioned a preview trailer of a new video series about her relationship with Albert, which will be released on July 1.
Despite the bad news, many people took to the comments section to sent the couple some well-wishes. Singer Josh Groban wrote, "Happy Anniversary to you both! ❤️," while another user added, "So touching and tender💗 ... Long and happy years to Your union."
The couple got married in 2011, and it was a four-day event.