Inside Princess Charlene's Reunion With Her Family After Serious Health Problems

Since May, Princess Charlene has been in South Africa, but now, she has finally returned home.

"I came to South Africa to oversee some foundation projects," she told People in October. "I was unwell at the time. I had an infection which was addressed immediately. Unfortunately, it grounded me for some months here in South Africa."

The infection was an ear, nose, and throat infection, which required corrective surgeries. All the while, there were rumors that the 43-year-old royal was having marital issues with her husband, 63-year-old Albert. The couple denied these allegations, and Albert told People a couple of weeks ago, after her surgeries, that Charlene "was in good form and much better spirits" and would "very shortly" be coming back home to Monaco. Born as Charlene Lynette Wittstock, she married H.S.H. Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco in 2011, becoming HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco (via

Princess Charlene returns home with a new hairstyle and a new dog

According to Nice-Matin, Princess Charlene returned home early Monday morning, with her husband and their two kids — six-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — welcoming her with a bouquet of flowers.

Charlene was sporting a new haircut and color, and in August, she said on Instagram that her daughter, Gabriella, had tried to give herself her own haircut. Charlene also showed up with a new dog: a male Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Khan! Just a week ago, the royal shared to Instagram that the family had lost one of their chihuahuas. As stated by Royal Central, they had two named Wena and Thula, and one of them was run over and killed on Monday, October 25.

Before her return, Prince Albert told People, "I'm looking forward to Charlene being back. Looking forward to her being back because she's part of my life, part of our lives, part of life in Monaco. I'm also looking forward to her helping me with the children and with different things as she has in the past because it's a team effort. When one of the team members isn't there, it's a lot more difficult."