RUMOURS that Prince Albert and Princess Charlene could soon split up have been circulating.

But who exactly is Princess Charlene? From being a former Olympic swimmer to becoming a princess – we take a look at her colourful life.

Who is Prince Albert's wife Princess Charlene?

Charlene, Princess of Monaco was born January 25, 1978 and is a Zimbabwean-South African former Olympic swimmer.

She won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg.

Charlene also represented South Africa at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, as well as at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay.

The athlete retired from competitive swimming seven years later in 2007.

Charlene met Prince Albert at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo in 2000.

As the wife of Prince Albert II, Prince of Monaco, she is the Princess consort of Monaco.

The couple announced their engagement in June 2010 and wed a year later on July 1, 2011.

Do Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have children?

The couple have twins.

The Princess' pregnancy was announced on May 30, 2014.

And then on December 10, 2014, she gave birth to twins Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques.

Why has Princess Charlene been taken to hospital?

Princess Charlene was admitted to hospital late on Wednesday September 2, after a medical emergency at the lodge north of Durban, in South Africa.

According to News24, she was admitted to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, north of Durban, and discharged on Thursday.

Back in May the Princess was not allowed to leave South Africa because she contracted an ear, nose and throat (ENT) infection.

At the time, the palace said: "During a trip to the African continent as part of a wildlife conservation mission, Princess Charlene contracted an ENT infection that does not allow her to travel."

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