Princess Charlène: In her absence – her brothers attended the national holiday


Fürstin Charlene
Her brothers were in Monaco on the national holiday

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Princess Charlène did not take part in the Monegasque national holiday for health reasons. However, her brothers Gareth and Sean Wittstock were there for the celebrations.

After Princess Charlène, 43, stayed in South Africa for months due to an ear, nose and throat infection, the joy about her return to Monaco on November 8, 2021 was great. But shortly afterwards there was renewed cause for concern: The Prince’s Palace announced that Charlène would not take part in Monaco’s national holiday on November 19th. This was followed by a worrying statement from Prince Albert, 63, about his wife’s state of health. She is not in Monaco and still needs “rest and relaxation” because she is “physically and mentally” exhausted and needs help.

Despite Princess Charlène’s absence on the national holiday, her family put on a strong performance. Because her brothers Gareth, 41, and Sean Wittstock, 38, were there, accompanied by their wives.

In Princess Charlène’s absence: her brothers were in Monaco

Because of Charlène’s long stay in her home country South Africa and her departure again after her return, persistent rumors of a crisis about the marriage of the princely couple persist. Will these now subside with the recent events on the national holiday? After all, family ties seem to be strong: not only members of Albert’s family such as his sister Stéphanie von Monaco, 56, or his niece Charlotte Casiraghi, 35, were represented, but also Charlène’s relatives.

 Roisin Galvin, Gareth and Sean Wittstock

Roisin Galvin, Gareth and Sean Wittstock

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Her brothers Gareth and Sean Wittstock, together with their wives, took part in the service in the Cathedral of Monte Carlo, which traditionally ushers in the Monegasque national holiday. The Wittstocks took a privileged place in the cathedral, in one of the front rows.

This is how Gareth and Sean Wittstock work

That Gareth was present with his wife Roisin Galvin, however, is no surprise. His presence at certain events is occasionally even criticized, as reported by the Spanish news portal “Vanitatis”. Because he not only attends events in connection with Princess Charlènes Foundation, for which he works, but also purely institutional events. Because of his luxurious lifestyle and the frequent party visits in Monaco’s high society, he is already called the “Count of Monaco”.

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Sean, on the other hand, lives in South Africa and was a great support to his sister during her stay. Therefore, he did not hesitate to accompany her on her return to Monaco. Also present was his wife Chantell Wittstock, who is the spokeswoman and board member of Charlènes Foundation “Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa”. Sean and Chantell tied the knot in June 2013, they have two children together.

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