In an interview for MonacoBroadcast, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco reflected on their infant twins, who were born last December.
Jacques and Gabriella, who is older by a minute, are Charlene and Albert’s first children together. Jacques will one day inherit the throne.
Charlene, 37, talks about the children’s individual personalities, calling Jacques “a real boss,” before dropping this bomb: She says the first thing she did was “drownproof” the babies.
“The one thing that I would say that was the most important thing to me, as a mother, was to get them drownproofed. So they have learned the self-rescue method; that means they swim before they walk. They will be comfortable in any aquatic environment. So, that was the first step I took with them.”
She continued, explaining that for drownproofing “you need a teacher that is very familiar with that method, and basically that’s just teaching children right now how to balance themselves in the water, and how to turn themselves around in case of the event that they fall into the water.”
This should come as no surprise for those who know that Charlene, before living a real-life fairytale, was an Olympic swimmer, who represented South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
She retired from competitive swimming in 2007 and married the prince of Monaco in 2011.
According to him, the twins “have a good grip” on this method, and he’s glad, because drowning is something that could easily happen to infants. He also hopes they have inherited their parents’ love of water sports.
Story by Sophie-Claire Hoeller and editing by Chelsea Pineda
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