The four-year-olds stole the show recently at Monaco’sNational Day celebrations when they appeared on the palace balcony with theirparents, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert. The little sweethearts wereall dressed up for the occasion, too! Jacques wore a very small uniform, whilehis sister beamed in a blue jacket and wore a red beret. They looked very happynext to each other and were seen chatting excitedly back and forth as they tookpart in the festivities.
Now, Charlene has opened up about the sweet bond she saysher children share. Admitting that parenting twins can sometimes be “exhausting,”the former Olympic swimmer praised her kids’ “inner strength” and ability to “saywhat they think and feel, whatever the circumstances” in an interview with France’sPoint de Vue.
They “talk to each other all the time, and like all childrenthey can sometimes be a little abrupt, a little hard even in their exchanges,but they support each other unconditionally,” she revealed.
“When [communication] doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, and weencourage them to express themselves,” she continued, going on to praise herchildren’s confidence. “And when all is well, then nothing and no one can stopthem.”
Charlene was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa.She was raised speaking English and Afrikaans, and learned French after meeting Albertin 2000. Since Monaco’s official language is French, it’s important Jacques andGabriella speak it – which they do at school. At home, she revealed the familyhas conversations in English, meaning her little four-year-olds are alreadybilingual! Speaking multiple languages is a skill she says is already helpingher children learn.
“This leads them to develop their own thinking, their ownversion of things,” she told Point de Vue. “Me, as their mother, I discover, I learn.I find it marvelous following their evolution, accompanying them on this path.”
Just a few weeks ago, Charlene shared several schoolportraits of her children that also showed off their close bond. The three picsfeature the twins together and separately, and both of them are wearing spiffywhite polo shirts. The joint photo features Jacques supportively placing hisarm around his sister’s shoulder and stomach as she holds his hands. In theirseparate second and third snaps, each child stares confidently into the camera.
Jacques and Gabriella started school in September2018 and they both reportedly love it so much that they’re sad to have a dayoff!
“Gabriella even gets up even on Saturdays becauseshe wants to go and is very disappointed when told that there is no school thatday,” Charlene told Point de Vuemagazine last year.
In her most recent interview, Charlene revealed her childrenalready know how to swim, which was important to her given her past and alsofor their own safety. This week, Prince William also revealed Prince George, 6,and Princess Charlotte, 4, are also already strong swimmers – so if the Monacoroyals and British Royal Family ever bring their children together for a day offun, might we suggest a swimming pool is nearby!