Princess Charlene of Monaco showed her support for Monégasque racing driver Charles Leclerc, 22, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi today.
Charlene, 41, was pictured embracing Formula 1 driver Charles ahead of the final race of the season, as she took a break from parenting duties.
Last week Charlene, who is married to Monaco’s reigning monarch Prince Albert II, 61, told French magazine Point de Vue that raising four-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques is ‘often exhausting’, in a rare honest interview about motherhood.
Princess Charlene of Monaco showed her support for Monégasque racing driver Charles Leclerc, 22, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi today
Speaking to French magazine Point de Vue, Charlene described herself as a very hands-on mother – confessing that her parenting duties are ‘often exhausting… [but] also very stimulating in many areas.’
The South African former Olympic swimmer went on to reveal the ‘incredible affection and gentleness for one another’ that the twins share, adding: ‘[They] talk to each other all the time.
‘Like all children they sometimes can be a little abrupt, a little hard even in their exchanges, but they support each other unconditionally. When all is well, then nothing and no one can stop them.’
Last week South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene, who is married to Monaco’s reigning monarch Prince Albert II, 61, told French magazine Point de Vue that raising four-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques is ‘often exhausting’, in a rare honest interview about motherhood
The proud mother also boasted about the twins bilingual skills, with the pair speaking English at home and French while at school.
‘This leads them to develop their own thinking, their own vision of things,’ she said. ‘Me, as their mother, I discover, I learn. I find it marvellous following their evolution, accompanying them on this path.’
And Charlene looked in good spirits today as she greeted Charles, cutting a stylish appearance in a blue jacket and matching navy nails.
Princess Charlene of Monaco has given a rare interview about life as a mother – admitting that raising her four-year-old twins (pictured on November 19 in Monaco) is ‘often exhausting’
The South African-raised royal (pictured on November 19 at the Opera during Monaco National Day celebrations), 41, shares twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques with her husband Prince Albert II, 61
World champion Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory from pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, capping another stellar season with an 11th win and 84th overall.
The six-time Formula One champion is now only seven wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91, which he could realistically overtake next season.
After he made a clean start from a record-extending 88th career pole, Hamilton was untroubled as he won on the Yas Marina circuit for the fifth time – four with Mercedes and once when driving for McLaren in 2011.
He finished about 17 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a race bereft of overtaking, except for Verstappen’s clean move on Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari on Lap 33.
Charlene, 41, was pictured embracing Formula 1 racer Charles ahead of the final race of the season, as she took a break from parenting duties
Leclerc was third for a 10th podium in a strong first season with Ferrari, which included an F1-leading seven poles – two more than Hamilton and Bottas – and two wins. However, Leclerc was summoned for a post-race investigation because there was a difference between the amount of fuel in the car as declared by the team and the amount actually inside the car.
Leclerc only just held off Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, who climbed 16 places to fourth after starting last. Sebastian Vettel started fourth and finished fifth in a disappointing end to a season where the four-time F1 champion has won only one race.
Leclerc finished 43 seconds behind Hamilton but had built up just enough of a lead to hold off Bottas by 0.9 seconds.
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG GP celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix 2019 in Abu Dhabi