Princess Charlene: I'll pass my South African heritage to my kids

The princess is in South Africa for a number of engagements linked to her foundation which focuses on water safety.

FILE: Prince Albert II and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco with their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco has told Eyewitness News and Laureus South Africa that her South African heritage will play a strong future role in the lives of her children, Jacques and Gabriella.

The princess is in South Africa for a number of engagements linked to her foundation which focuses on water safety.

She was also recently on hand at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco to honour the Waves for Change surf therapy initiative, based in Cape Town, which received global acclaim for the work they do using the sport to assist young people from difficult backgrounds.

Speaking in Johannesburg, she says that her passion for her foundation is driven by her heritage.

“I am African and this is my heritage. It will always be. It’s in my heart and in my veins.”

The princess says her two-year-old twins will grow to love South Africa.

“I can’t wait for them to come here. I can’t wait for them to be introduced to Africa.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)