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‘Ceremonial couple’: Princess Charlene living abroad without her husband

New reports out of France and Germany are claiming Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are no longer together but make rare public appearances to carry out their official duties.

A source close to the couple told French newspaper Voici that the former Olympic swimmer and son of Grace Kelly are just a “ceremonial couple” and Charlene actually lives abroad in Switzerland without her husband.

A second expose in a German tabloid claims Charlene commutes back to Monaco on official occasions in exchange for greater visitation with her two children.

The shock reports come just months after the reticent Princess had started to slowly make more public appearances, including handing out the winner’s trophies during the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

Charlene, 45, stunned spectators at the event after ditching her signature blond hair for a dramatic brunette pixie cut.

Born Charlene Wittstock in Zimbabwe, the royal was once an elite swimmer who represented South Africa at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney around the time she met Prince Albert.

Like Charlene, Albert’s maternal grandfather Jack Kelly Senior was also an Olympian, and won three gold medals in rowing.

After a long courtship, Wittstock married the ruler of Monaco in 2011 amid reports she had tried to flee the small kingdom on several occasions over revelations her husband fathered at least three secret children out of wedlock.

The rumours went into overdrive when Charlene was photographed looking downcast and openly weeping throughout much of her own wedding.

Nevertheless, the couple have remained married for more than a decade and welcomed twins in 2014.

Under Monegasque law, only Albert’s twins with Charlene are included in the country’s line of succession to one day accede the throne.

Revelations that Charlene is actually living in Switzerland come after the royal spent at least four months in the alpine country while recuperating from a life-threatening sinus infection during 2021.

Albert, 65, has always steadfastly denied any trouble in the royal marriage despite the relentless media speculation.

“I’m probably going to say this several times, but this has nothing to do with our relationship. I want to make that very clear,” Albert told People at the time.

“These are not problems within our relationship, not with the relationship between a husband and wife. It’s of a different nature.”

In March, the Palace was forced to issue a rare public statement to deny an impending divorce after Charlene was photographed without her wedding ring and skipped several royal occasions.