Princess Charlene of Monaco to skip Rio Olympics over Zika fears

Princess Charlene of Monaco to skip Rio Olympics over Zika fears

Monaco's Princess Charlene is the latest high-profile name to bow out of attending the Olympic games in Rio. Her husband Prince Albert told People that his sporty wife has decided to stay home due to concerns over the Zika virus coupled with her desire to be with her children, one-year old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who she believes are too young to make the trip to Brazil.

TAP FOR GALLERY Princess Charlene will not attend the Rio Olympics in August.

"First, she has decided not to go because she couldn't stand to be away from the babies for two weeks and they're really not old enough to support the trip," revealed Prince Albert, adding, "She has important health concerns. She doesn't like what she's been reading and hearing about the Zika virus and some other health issues."

The stunning royal was an Olympic swimmer in her 20s.

The royal couple's relationship with the Olympics run deep, given that both are former Olympians and made their first public appearance together at the 2006 games in Turin. As an active IOC board member, Albert will fulfil his duties in Rio, although he has revealed that he has shortened his visit to 10 days.


"Of course, I'm worried personally. Everyone – athlete or tourist – going there has to be," he told the publication. The father of two also voiced concerns that the host country will not be able to deliver a completed infrastructure before the opening ceremonies commence on Aug. 5.

Albert and Charlene made their debut as a couple at the Turin games in 2006.

"There are a lot of political, economic and social concerns around the Games. I think the preparations for the Games haven't turned out as expected. I hope there won't be organizational issues, traffic, security issues and I know they'll be great Games, very festive, but there were a lot of headaches getting here," said the 58-year-old.

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