Princess Charlene's Condition Is 'Reassuring' After Brief Hospitalization, Says Palace

Princess Charlene's well-being is being "closely followed" as Prince Albert says his wife is "eager" to return home to Monaco from South Africa

Prince Albert, Princess Charlene
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Monaco's Princess Charlene is again in recovery mode after being hospitalized in South Africa on Wednesday night.

"On the night of September 1, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was taken to hospital after becoming ill due to complications from a serious ENT infection," the palace shared in a statement to PEOPLE. "Her Highness is being closely followed by her medical team, who say her condition is reassuring."

According to reports, the princess, 43, suffered a "medical emergency" and was released on Thursday. South Africa's News 24, which broke the story, reported her condition as "stable" on Friday.

The news outlet said that she was allegedly "rushed" to Netcare Alberlito Hospital, north of Durban, following a "medical emergency" that occurred at the Thanda Game Reserve, where she has been staying. The hospital in Ballito is 150 miles from the reserve.

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Additional unconfirmed reports from South African media suggest the mother of two collapsed Wednesday night.

A spokesman at the South African hospital would not discuss details of the princess' overnight stay.

Reports of the princess' hospitalization come just after Prince Albert told PEOPLE Charlene was "eager" to return home and hopes she can once again reunite with her family — this time in Monaco — sooner than expected.

The princess has been "grounded" in South Africa since mid-May due to a series of medical procedures intended to correct a previous ENT surgery and combat the infection Charlene developed after the initial procedure.

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"She's ready to come home," Albert, 63, told PEOPLE exclusively. He noted that her return date to Monaco "depends on what her doctors say." Ahead of Wednesday night's hospitalization, Albert said that if Charlene's progress had continued she could plan her travel for as soon as this month.

"I know she's said possibly 'late October,' " said Albert, "but that was before this most recent round of appointments. I'm pretty sure we can cut that time frame a little short."

"She's ready," he added. "She's jokingly said that she's ready to stowaway on a ship to come back to Europe."

Albert said his wife's well-being has improved since her most recent four-hour surgery on Aug. 13. "She was in good spirits." During their family reunion last week in South Africa, Albert accompanied his wife on a doctor's appointment where they met with the surgeon who performed her most recent operation to get "a new reassessment about how things are holding up."

The princess was also able to bond in person with her 6-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques for the first time since early June. Said Albert, "Of course she was delighted to see us and to spend time with the kids."

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