PARIS – A week after giving birth to twins, Princess Charlene of Monaco says she is “crazy in love” with her dual offspring and that they are “very active and very expressive,” in an interview appearing Wednesday in the weekly Paris Match.
Gabriella Therese Marie was born two minutes ahead of her brother, Jacques Honore Rainier, on Dec. 10 but the latter is first in the line of succession to the throne of his father, Prince Albert II, and will be given the title “Jacques II.”
“I think a very strong protective instinct was born in me at the same time. A strong bond unites us; they are my responsibility in the coming years,” Princess Charlene said.
“I will do my best to guide them, raise them and transmit to them the values that my husband and I share,” the South Africa-born princess added.
Both children are still in Monaco’s Princess Grace Hospital, where it is hoped they will put on some weight since their birth came two weeks ahead of schedule and required a Caesarean.
The Princess said that the time for them to leave the hospital has not been determined yet, but she hoped it would be in time to have Christmas at home, adding “It depends on the kids ... You see, they are in charge now.”
Princess Charlene, 36, admitted that she was “a bit overwhelmed with emotion” when she held the babies for the first time.
“Every second with them is magical. I look forward to spending more time in their presence,” the Princess said.
She indicated that she cannot tell if their features resemble hers or their father’s, as their faces keep changing constantly.
The babies are to be officially introduced to the public at Monaco’s Royal Palace on Jan. 7, 2015, which has been declared a public holiday in the principality.
Jacques and Gabriella are the first children for Charlene and Albert but they are third and fourth children of Prince Albert, 56, who had two other acknowledged children outside marriage who do not have the right to inherit the throne.