Princess Charlene of Monaco debuts even MORE dramatic shaved hairstyle

Princess Charlene of Monaco debuts an even MORE dramatic shaved hairstyle in new photos from her anti-poaching trip to South Africa – as ‘infection’ prevents her from travelling home to her family

  • Princess Charlene of Monaco visited South Africa on a conservation trip
  • The royal mother-of-two, 43, debuted a striking new shaved hairstyle 
  • Charlene was learning about the work being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos from extinction

Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved hairstyle on her recent conservation trip to South Africa. 

The 43-year-old wife of Prince Albert showcased the ‘French crop’ hairdo – featuring a longer strip on top of the head and dramatically shaved back and sides – in snaps shared on her charity’s Instagram page.

The royal, who is mother to six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella, first stepped out with a dramatic half-shaved head in December 2020 but has since gone even shorter and bolder with the cut. 

It is understood that Charlene remains in South Africa after being struck down with an ENT (Ear, nose and throat) infection ‘that does not allow her to travel’. 

Bold: Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved hairstyle on her recent conservation trip to South Africa. The photos were shared on her charity’s Instagram account 

Passionate: Charlene, who was raised in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, travelled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos

‘Emotional’: The princess took part in conservation operations including rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit, educational wildlife photography sessions, and a White Rhino dart and dehorning exercise (pictured)

The palace were forced to comment on the princess’s whereabouts ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, which she had been due to attend in Albert. Instead the prince attended with their children. 

It appears Charlene has still yet to return from South Africa as Albert stepped out without his wife on Monday for a visit to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco with their twins. 

Charlene, who was raised in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, travelled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos from poachers.  

The princess took part in conservation operations including rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit, educational wildlife photography sessions, and a White Rhino dart and dehorning exercise.


New look: Charlene first stepped out with a dramatic half-shaved head in December 2020 (left) but has since gone even shorter and bolder with the cut, as seen right

Personal impact: Charlene said of the dehorning process (pictured): ‘The experience was very emotional. I experienced first-hand the anguish and distress of the rhinos when we have to dehorn them, so poachers don’t slaughter them [for the ivory]’

Making a difference: The princess wanted to learn more about the work to save rhinos

Photos of Princess Charlene with the animals and rangers were shared on Instagram.

‘This entire experience moved me,’ Charlene said. ‘I connected with amazing people and spoke to the local trackers and anti-poaching units who all have an incredible passion for protecting our rhinos and environment.’

She continued: ‘It filled me with immense joy to reconnect with the African people and spirit again. I was fascinated to learn more about the area’s history and culture. 

‘How fitting to rediscover my love for Africa at a place aptly named Thanda, meaning “love” in the Zulu language!’

In the field: Photos of Princess Charlene with the animals and rangers were shared online

Majestic: One of the rhinos being tracked by Charlene and the rangers in South Africa 

Taking a stand: Charlene took part in a number of operations to help protect the rhinos

The photos of Charlene’s expedition drew comments from confused fans who questioned why the rhinos had to be dehorned. 

The royal explained: ‘The experience was very emotional. I experienced first-hand the anguish and distress of the rhinos when we have to dehorn them, so poachers don’t slaughter them [for the ivory].

‘I want to do all that I can to protect the rhinos, including raising funds to protect them and educating my children and others about rhino conservation.’

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa has partnered with the Thanda Foundation Trust to help protect the rhinos. 

Still working! Her husband Prince Albert has continued with public duties with their children, taking them to the Monaco Grand Prix last week and on a visit to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on Monday (pictured) 

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